5 Motivation Tips for your next Workout

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Did you know that according to a survey on the subject ,,New Year’s resolutions”, more that 60% of the people have “to exercise more” on their list? While the gyms are fully packed in the first three weeks of the new year, this condition decreases rapidly before February even starts. Therefore, the USA named the 17th of January the “Ditch New Years Resolution Day”. Somehow funny but on the other hand also quite sad, don’t you think? It’s totally clear that you can not be highly motivated for weeks or month in a row. This is human. But abandoning your resolution at the first wave of frustration (according to statistics: after three weeks) is totally unnecessary and wrong.

I am convinced that this behavior can affect all other projects and activities in the new year. And let’s be honest, it doesn’t make fun to start projects and then finish none of them, right? That’s why I share 5 tips with you today that help me to motivate for working out. Often it is not our discipline that gives up, but the routine that became boring. It is important to vary your fitness plan and to adopt new challenges. You’ll see, you only need some little tips and tricks to set your mind. And don’t forget to reward yourself!

1. Set specific and realistic goals

If you are a fitness-newbie or you just started with a new fitness plan, you should first figure out, what you actually want to achieve. Set yourself SMART goals. This means, that your goals should be: specific (clearly defined, as precisely as possible), measurable (your goals should to me measurable in terms of time, cm scale, kg etc.), accepted (you should accept your goals), realistic (goals that are possible to reach) and terminated (your goal should have a deadline). Another tip is to set weekly goals like: ,,This week I will run 2x 5km.“. This motivates and is achievable. You know this fantastic feeling of setting a hook behind your to-do list? That’s how you should handle your training goals, too!

2. Get yourself a workout partner

Whether it’s your best friend, parents, sister, boyfriend – it doesn’t matter. The most important thing is to motivate and cheer each other. It’s so much more efficient to exercise together with a partner. And it’s so much more fun than working out alone.

3. Bring variety to your workout plan

Not motivated to work out, because you always do the same exercises? Then change something! There are thousands of free workouts and even entire training plans on the internet. Also on YouTubeY you can find amazing workout videos. Bring some variety in your routine and dare to try new exercises. Challenge yourself! If you don’t know what to do, you can also visit a class in your gym and get inspired.

4. Create a killer playlist

What motivates me the most while working out is definitely music. Especially when I’m doing the last repetitions of a strength or HIIT exercises, the final meter on track depends on the song I’m listening to. Create your personal killer-workout-playlist with all the songs that you like and which motivate you. If you don’t want to do it yourself, you can browse YouTube or Spotify. They have an amazing selection of workout playlist. This and this song motivate me the most.

5. Treat yourself and strengthen your discipline

We already learned the principle of reward from an early age. If we, for example, brought home a good grade in school, we were praised, sometimes we even got chocolate or our favorite dish. This reward has the consequence, that we connect them with a positive stimulus. This principle also works for your workout routine. Set rewards to your specific goals. That can be your favorite chocolates or a movie night at the cinema or perhaps a new bikini? The type of reward is entirely up to you! It motivates a lot, strengthen your discipline and you have something that you can look forward to!

Love, Valerie

P.S.: Did you see my vegan and healthy ,,What I eat in a day” post yet?

 





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    Emilie
    2. February 2016 at 11:46

    Die Tipps sind echt gut 🙂 Ich persönlich brauche zB einen Trainingspartner. Zu Zweit oder mehreren macht es natürlich mehr Spaß und man sagt nicht so schnell ab. Das ist mein Motivations-Tipp Nr. 1 😉

    Beste Grüße aus Köln,
    Emilie

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    Thank That
    2. February 2016 at 12:33

    Tolle Tipps und tolles (Trainings)Outfit. Vielleicht liegt darin ein weiterer Schlüssel zur Motivation?! Lege Dir für dein Workout einen tollen Look zu. Mit der Aussicht, diesen Pulli beim Sport zu tragen, wächst unsere Motivation nämlich ungemein 😉
    http://thankthat.com/

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    COFFEESLAG
    2. February 2016 at 16:45

    OMG I’m so bad with Tip #1 but Tip #2 gives me life! I can’t work out unless I have someone with me; it’s definitely my own laziness holding me back but I need that motivation.

    Speaking of motivation, that amazing floral Adidas top would definitely motivate me to go to the gym. Thanks so much for sharing this all!!!

    coffeeslag

    COFFEESLAG Current Healthy Habits

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    Valentina Straßer
    2. February 2016 at 19:55

    Hey Valerie 🙂 I love your blog, you make beautiful pictures and your outfits are amazing!!
    I had to laugh about the sweatshirt which you posted here, look at my blog and find out why!
    http://www.valentinas-leporello.com/2016/01/20/casual-outfit-idea/#post
    xx, Valentina

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    Lena
    3. February 2016 at 8:46

    Für mich ist das Thema Trainingspartner und Belohnung auch immer super wichtig, damit ich meine Motivation zum Sport nicht verliere. Und nicht zu vergessen die gute Musik natürlich!
    Vielen Dank für die Tipps und super Outfit 😉

    Liebe Grüße
    Lena | http://www.healthylena.de

  • Reply
    Nina
    3. February 2016 at 13:35

    Mich kriegt man selbst mit diesen tollen Tipps nicht ins Gym 😀 Lesen tue ich solche Posts trotzdem gern, du schreibst immer so kurzweilig.

    Liebst,
    Nina von http://www.ninaconinaco.com

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    Melanie
    3. February 2016 at 19:15

    Ein sehr schöner und motivierender Beitrag! Mit Musik gehts auch bei mir eindeutig besser und ich bin einfach motivierter.

    Liebste Grüße,
    Melanie von http://www.fitfunfruits.com

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