Daily fitness motivation is an ongoing struggle for me. You would think that a doctor telling me that I need to walk 30 minutes straight each day to help my anxiety would be enough, but nope. You would also think that same doctor telling me I am now hypoglycemic and need to get into shape would also kick my butt into gear. Also, nope.
Apparently, my mind requires a lot more than health scares to get me going. I am way too stuck in my routine of waking up and rolling into the office to get to work right away. I always have an excuse to start “tomorrow”, and we all know when tomorrow comes.
For the past couple weeks, I have found some things that make me look forward to my walks. Walking is the only workout I am doing right now. Have to start somewhere, right?
Daily Fitness Motivation – What I am Doing to Stay on Track
- Routine – Creature of habit I am big time. If I add something into my routine at the same time every day, the more likely it is to stick.
- Commitment – If I know someone is meeting me at our walking location, of course, I am not going to stand them up. When I don't feel like going, family and friends are the ticket to doing it anyway.
- Competition – This is funny since I am rarely competitive – especially with anything to do with fitness – but ever since I got my Fitbit I am hooked on the challenges. I don't even care to win, I just know that everyone in the challenge can see my steps. It's embarrassing if I have 100 steps when most of the others have 20,000 or more.
- Games – Laugh all you want, but this 38-year-old needs to get out and CATCH THEM ALL. That's right, I am totally into Pokemon GO. Is it ridiculous at my age? I don't give a crap. If it gets me moving, I am not going to fight it.
- Bet – Did you know you can put money on yourself that you'll complete your goals? There's an app called Pact, and you can put real money to seal the deal. So, I made a pact that I would walk at least 10,000 steps for three days this week. If I don't, I am out $10 per day I miss. If I do, I get a cash reward. Real money, you guys! I am way too cheap to lose $30 due to laziness. So far, this is all about not losing the money. We had some horrible weather, and I was forced to get on the treadmill one of the days to avoid losing $10. I guarantee you this treadmill session would not have happened had I not made this pact. I got my first reward for completing my three days, and it was a whopping 42 cents. Hopefully, once more people join the rewards will increase. But, for now, the fear of losing $10 is enough motivation for me.
- Reward – My Fitbit app also syncs to my Walgreens Balance Rewards card and I get points for each mile I walk. If you have a card, you know that 5,000 points is $5. This chick is all over getting rewarded to walk. There is a maximum of 1,000 points per month which is a bummer, but still motivating. Dick's Sporting Goods app also syncs with various devices. Score 3 points each day you walk 10,000 or more steps. AchieveMint is a website where you can connect fitness apps and social media apps, too. Earn points that add up to cash.
- Multitasking – Since I am a workaholic and find a hard time doing anything that isn't blog-related, I walk in pretty locations. This way, I can take gorgeous photos while I am out. It's easy to create your own stockpile of images to use whenever you need them.
- Music – If weather screws up our outdoor walks, getting on the dreadmill (yeah, I spelled it right) can be a challenge. Freshening up my playlist on my iPod makes a world of difference. I find myself getting into the workout right away with new songs that get me going.
- Results – the biggest daily fitness motivation is feeling the results. My doctor was right about it helping my anxiety. If I skip a day, it's horrifying how anxious I feel since I got off all my pills. That walk makes a world of difference. I have only lost a pound, which is frustrating as hell, but my body feels a bit tighter, so screw the scale. I am also getting much-needed Vitamin D and fresh air. It's all positive.
If you struggle with finding daily fitness motivation, you might want to give a few of these things a try. Of course, we are all into different things, but hopefully, something in here might help you.
What do you do for daily fitness motivation?
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