“How are you so motivated all the time?” .. “I can’t get my butt off the couch” .. “How did you manage to go to the gym 4 times a week while still being good at school?”
Let me tell you something. It’s all about priorities, organization & discipline. And I agree, motivation is also important, but it’s not everything. I managed to go to the gym 4-5 times a week for almost 4 years now, also during my Abitur. That’s why I wanted to tell you about my experiences and share 7 tips on “how to stay motivated” ♡
1. MAKE A PLAN
This is sooo important if you’ve got more than 2 things to do haha. Write a list (I prefer on paper, not on my phone) with everything you need to do that day. Trust me, you will be more productive if you’ve got everything on a list and can actually ORGANIZE your time. If you just live for the day & do things whenever they come to your mind you will end up spending more time on the “not so nice” things and won’t even have the time to go to the gym at the end of the day. And remember to put a biiiig check mark next to each task you’ve fulfilled. It’s so satsfying! Same goes for the gym. Make a plan (at least in your mind) with all the exercises you want to do that day.
2. DON’T THINK
Sounds weird, right? But sometimes it’s better to not overthink tasks or decisions. Don’t think too long about whether you really WANT to go the gym. Honestly, sometimes I would also like to answer “No, I’d rather stay in bed”. But you know what? I’ll just grab my gym bag and go. To me it doesn’t make sense to waste time on overthinking pointless decisions. Deep down I know it’s the right decision to make & I know that I will feel good afterwards. Don’t think, it’s as easy as that.
3. HAVE FUN
If you don’t enjoy fitness at least a liiiiittle bit there is like 0 chance for you to be successful at it in the long run. I work out because I LIKE the feeling of getting stronger, because I LIKE to sweat and because I LIKE what it does with my body. If you don’t like it simply look for another form of sport. Maybe ballet, yoga or tennis? It doesn’t matter. Just be passionate about what you’re doing! You may also try to work out in a group or with your best friend.
4. LOOK FOR MOTIVATION
I get extremely motivated by looking at pictures of fit girls or watching those 15second Instagram clips of their gym workouts. I always get so excited and think “ooooh I need to go to the gym and try that!”. I also like to have a workout buddy who just forces me to come & join their workout haha.
5. SET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT
To come back to the question “How did you manage to go to the gym 4 times a week while still being good at school?” – I set my priorities straight. During my Abitur school was always the most important thing to me. There is NOTHING more important than studying for an exam. If I needed 2 hours longer than planned for studying I just cancelled the other things that day and kept studying until I’ve finished. I was motivated as hell and I knew what I wanted to achieve. During that time I needed working out as a balance. It feels good to burn off energy and to free your mind after sitting at your desk for hours. And a 1 hour workout is only 4% of your day – so what is your excuse?
1 hour workout is only 4% of your day – so what is your excuse?
6. FOOD OVER FITNESS
Having a really busy day and just can’t make it to the gym that day? It’s not the end of the world. Simply make sure to eat clean. You will need to eat anyways so just make the right choices haha. Only because you couldn’t go to the gym doesn’t mean you’re “allowed” to eat like ****. Choose rice&chicken over a burger, choose porridge over ice cream.
7. REWARD YOURSELF & HAVE A BREAK
This is significant. I like to reward myself with a lazy day after a week full of work. I will sleep till noon and I’ll do absolutely nothing the rest of the day. I also like to eat a piece of chocolate after each day of clean eating. Sometimes I also like to reward myself with excessive online shopping haha.
To take it one step further: I also feel like it’s important to take one or two weeks off the gym every 2-3 months. Your body just needs rest & regeneration from time to time..
Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated? I’d love to hear them! ♡