6 Workout Motivation Tips From A Former Couch-Potato Turned Pro Athlete!
Unsure how to go from sedentary to so-healthy-and-fit-you-surprise-yourself?
Take note from former investment banker turned professional triathlete Sarah Piampiano who went from working 90-100+ hour weeks, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, and living an incredibly unhealthy lifestyle, to now being one of the world’s best athletes, living an incredibly healthy and much more fulfilling lifestyle.
Needless to say, she knows a thing… or 6…. about jumping on the fitness bandwagon and setting yourself up for success. She even started The Habit Project, which focuses on helping people change their bad habits to good ones.
Here, Sarah Piampiano shares her 6 best workout motivation tips to help you get – and stay! – motivated for fitness!
1. Get Dressed. Lay out your workout clothes the night before and put them on right when you wake up. After you’re already dressed, it’s far more difficult to decide to get back into bed. Just focus on getting yourself there rather than what you actually have to do once your there and you’ll trick yourself into getting done whatever it is you need to do!
2. Find A Buddy. Workout with a friend of a similar fitness level and you’ll both be held accountable. Some days you won’t want to do the work and sometimes your friend won’t, but you’ll be there to provide each other with workout motivation. Also, it pushes you to work harder to improve.
3. Break It Down. Instead of worrying about running for a certain number of miles or spending a certain amount of time in the gym, set smaller goals you can hit throughout the workout. It’s easier to focus on performance when the workout is broken into chunks that are easier to wrap your head around – and accomplish! And, by celebrating your successes along the way, you’ll be motivated to stay on track!
4. Mix It Up. Incorporate bursts of intensity and recovery into your workout. Instead of going out and always running the same pace, try intervals or circuit training to vastly improve your fitness in a shorter period of time. It will also keep you from getting bored!
5. Rest Stops are Not Just for Long Car Rides. If you want your body to benefit from the work you have done, you need to rest. Recovery is as important to performing at the highest level as the intense sessions – and it’s essential for lowering the risk of injury.
6. Focus On Life Balance. Take time to relax, spend time with friends and family, or explore a hobby you’ve always been interested in. It may not seem like a part of fitness, but bringing in that balance helps get your workouts done at a higher level than when you’re feeling overworked and overwhelmed.