Your 6 a.m. alarm goes off, the one you set after watching a handful of "easy workout routine" TikToks that got you motivated to get your health + wellness in check! But that triggering alarm sound just makes you want to hit snooze and skip the gym. We get it, and we've certainly been there, babe. Luckily, we've got a few tricks up our sleeve and a list of our favorite workout/motivational essentials to help you feel good and motivated to stick with your workout routine... even when you're just not feeling it!
Creating + Adjusting to a Habit
First and foremost, it's important to remember that creating a habit is key when trying to stick with anything, especially working out! Try setting your alarm for the same time every day so your body gets into the groove of things. Even if you aren't going straight to the gym, being up at that time can help your body adjust and make it much easier over time!
If you find yourself struggling on certain days, try breaking up your workout routine into smaller parts. For example, if you only have 30 minutes to spare but were hoping to do a full hour-long workout, try splitting it up into two 15-minute sessions instead, once in the morning and once at night. You'll still be getting in some exercise and it's better than nothing at all! Your body is very habitual, most things you do because it's just a part of your daily routine and you don't even think twice about it, like brushing your teeth or washing your face. Before you know it, you'll find yourself hitting the gym out of second nature.
It can be tough to stay motivated when you're just not feeling it, but thankfully there are a few things that can help! Try focusing on the positive aspects of working out. For example, maybe you feel more energized after a workout or your mood is better overall. If you can think of some other reasons why working out is beneficial to you, write them down and refer to them when you need a little extra push.
Don't let your hard work go unnoticed! Treat yourself after accomplishing your goals (you decide what that means to you!) and reward yourself for reaching them! For example, maybe after 2 successful weeks of working out, you buy one thing from your Amazon Wish List, get a new water bottle, or take yourself out to dinner! Having that reward to work towards can help you stay focused and keep you on track. Not to mention, it's a total serotonin boost 🛍
Additionally, staying connected with your workout buddies can make all the difference. Knowing that someone is waiting for you at the gym or studio can help keep you accountable and stay on track. On another note, if mornings aren't your thing but that's when you'd ideally prefer to work out, do your future self a favor and prep the night before! Lay your cute workout set out, have your water bottle filled, and breakfast ready to go for an easy morning start - and maybe write yourself a little motivational note, say your affirmations, and remind yourself why you're doing this. (Be your own biggest fan!)
Keeping Up With a Routine
Finally, if you find yourself struggling to keep up with your workout routine, it's important to take a step back and analyze what might be getting in the way. Maybe you're trying to do too much too soon or maybe your goal isn't realistic for you right now. If that's the case, try adjusting your goals until they feel more manageable. And if something comes up last minute and you can't make it to the gym, try not to beat yourself up about it! Just make sure to schedule a time for your next workout and get back on track.
A Few of Our Favorite Workout + Motivational Essentials
Ice Roller: We totally recommend using an Ice Roller before and/or after your workouts. If you're wanting to be a morning go-getter, the Ice Roller can be a great way to jumpstart your day and feel a bit more awake. Not to mention it helps depuff and soothe the skin while promoting blood circulation. Using the Ice Roller afterward feels so refreshing and can be used all over the body to help soothe your joints and wind down after that cardio!
Atomic Habits by James Clear: This easy read is great for learning how to break or start habits. Packed with easy, actionable steps you can follow to get started on any new habits, big or small!
5 Minute Journal: Jot down your daily affirmations, goals for the day, and start your day off on the right foot. Like the title, it only takes 5 minutes tops to fill it out morning and night, it's something small but it helps track your intentions and feel good about daily accomplishments!
Workout Sets: Look good, feel good! Finding something you feel confident and comfortable in can get you in the right headspace to feel motivated and excited to get moving. There's a variety of styles & sets out there, you're sure to find one you love!
Water Bottle (Tracker + Motivate): Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water is so crucial to overall wellness and keeping your body fully functioning, if you're not the best water drinker (#same) - these water bottles can help you crush your water goals with some helpful motivation to keep you going throughout the day!
Hat: BBE's very own! Our "Ran out of Dry Shampoo" hat is your hairstyle quick fix for those workouts you're ready to crush!
Ready to kick it into gear? Well, babe, we've got the perfect opportunity for you! We're giving away a Peloton! Running January 1st - March 31st, 2022 you have the chance to win a Peloton bike + so much more. Every dollar spent at our store counts as an entry into the giveaway & every Friday throughout the giveaway is our Bonus Friday, meaning every dollar counts as 5x the entries. For more information about our RideWell giveaway, check it out here!
We promise that it's totally possible to stick with your workout routine even when you're just not feeling it – just use these tips as a guide!
& on that note, time to hit my 12*3*30,
Stay hydrated & keep it up, babe!