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5 Tips to Keep You Motivated with Your Fitness Routine in 2023

With the arrival of the new year, it’s time to think about how you’re going to stay motivated with your fitness routine. Looking for a few tips? Well, look no further! Here are five tips to keep you motivated and set yourself up for success this year with your exercise goals:

#1: Set Small Fitness Goals and Keep Track of Them

First, create a list of small goals you want to accomplish over the next year. Then put your list in front of you and set a calendar reminder to check in on them every few weeks. You can use these reminders as a way to celebrate any achievements along the way so that you stay motivated! Example goals could include:

  • Making it through an entire Pilates class.
  • Walking two miles without stopping.
  • Attending your exercise class 2x week for the month.

#2: Find an Exercise Program That FEELS Good for You

The benefits of finding an exercise program that feels good for you are immeasurable. It’s important to find a routine that will help keep you motivated and on track with your goals throughout the year. Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering which fitness plan is right for you:

  • Do I enjoy doing this activity?
  • How does it make me feel physically?
  • Does this feel like a chore?

I find this is probably the biggest secret to success in your exercise program. I know for many of my clients in my Online Pilates classes, they show up each day because of how good Pilates feels in their bodies.

Losing weight and looking good is only part of the reason to exercise. Being able to move with ease, feel more confident, have an improved mindset and the energy to keep up with your active lifestyle – that’s the real goal.

#3: Plan Your Movement Ahead of Time

When you know you have a specific time set aside for exercising, it’s easier to make sure it happens. It helps to plan what kind of workout you’re going to do, but even if you don’t know exactly what will happen, just having a general outline makes it more likely that you’ll follow through.

If your schedule is busy and packed with appointments and commitments, consider finding other times in your day that could be used for exercise: before dinner or when getting up in the morning are both excellent options.

When planning a routine for yourself, try to give yourself some leeway with regard to how long (or short) each session lasts – this will help keep things focused and stay consistent in your workouts. Remember, sometimes less can mean more!

#4: Find an Exercise Format That Suits YOU

During the pandemic, many people were forced to find different ways to exercise, whether that included joining online classes, taking your workouts outside or taking up a new sport such as golf or tennis. What it taught us is that there are many different ways to exercise and to see results.

I know many of my Pilates members found me online during the pandemic and have grown to love online Pilates classes.

Why?

For many it helps take away the excuses. When the class is in your living room you can just roll out your mat and get moving. No need to worry about finding a parking spot, dealing with rain or snow, having to get to class early to get your favourite spot or deal with overcrowded classes. You can even work out in your pajamas!

Plus, you have more flexibility with your exercise program when it is online. You can choose to do as much or as little as you want – a nice bonus depending on how your day is going.

If you are struggling to find an exercise format that works for you, I would encourage you to try several and see what sticks. Exercise can look very different to everyone.

#5: Reward Yourself

Our brains are not wired to exercise, they are wired to preserve energy so that we will survive. All those excuses to not work out make sense now, right? Luckily, you are not alone. When this happens, it is helpful to encourage yourself to move with rewards.

For example:

Reward yourself for a week of exercise. Whether it’s with a long bubble bath or an episode of your favorite show, treat yourself after completing a week of exercising.

We ALL miss the odd workouts but what’s important is to not stop.

Here is my number one motivational tip and it’s a simple formula:

  • Complete a workout = a reward
  • Miss a workout = no reward
  • The next workout = double reward

This trains you to stay consistent and rewards you for not missing two workouts in a row.

I hope these tips have been helpful to you in your journey towards a healthier, happier you. Remember that it’s not about reaching an end goal; it’s about the journey and how you feel along the way! If you are looking for a routine to help get you started, I have created a Standing Pilates Workout to Improve your Balance, Strength and Coordination below:

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What is your favourite exercise program? Did the pandemic change the way you workout? What does your weekly exercise routine look like? Please comment below – it might inspire others to get moving!

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Kathy

I play Pickleball 3 times a week, 90 minutes each time. I love the game and the socialization. We all have it on our calendars and vary the time as little as possible. We have a list of subs we can call on to play if any of the 4 regulars are traveling, sick, watching grandkids etc. We’ve been playing together for over 5 years. Finding something you love is key and putting it on the calendar like an apt makes it happen. Doing it with friends who are reliable and serious about exercising is also key.

Christine Kirkland

That sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to try pickleball this year! I have heard so many good things about it.

Marta

I’m 64 and I have a quite regular physical routine.I do yoga and go to the gym four days a week, the rest of the week, I go walking, cycling or trekking with my husband.I get up and go to bed with zero pains and aches.

Christine Kirkland

That is amazing to hear. Movement is medicine.

The Author

Christine Kirkland is a certified Pilates instructor. She has dedicated her career to helping women feel their best through movement. She believes it’s never too late to be fit, healthy and strong! Her goal is to empower others to become stronger and healthier so they can live their best life.

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