Hey everyone, while I am frolicking in the sand and the sun, I asked my friend Stephanie over at My Freckled Life to write a guest post for you all. Today she’s going to give you some motivational tips for working out, which will be super helpful as we all get ready for bikini season! Her blog is amazing and very similar to mine, so go check it out and leave her some love And behave while I’m away! Haha.
Hey guys! This is Stephanie, and I blog over at My Freckled Life. I am so excited to be guest posting for Chelsea today, not only because this is my first ever guest post (newb alert!), but because I adore Chelsea! I started reading her blog a few weeks ago, and it immediately became one of my daily reads. Plus she’s a newbie blogger like me!
Anyway, at My Freckled Life I tend to write about my workouts, recipes, healthy living ideas, random
craft projects, my upcoming wedding (eek, 5 months!) and of course, ridiculous pictures of my rabbit-
wannabe dog, Laney!
Since the summer is practically upon us, I thought I’d talk today about how to keep your workout
motivation once the weather gets nice!
I don’t know about you, but as soon as the temperature gets above 80 degrees, my motivation to
workout takes a nosedive. Of course, there is part of me that remembers that summer = bathing suit
season (ew) and that I SHOULD be in the gym, but the other half wants to lay out in the sunshine with a
good book and eat my weight in froyo. Don’t pretend that doesn’t sound amazing to you too!
So here are some tips to help you get motivated to keep with your workout routine now that the
sunshine is out and the beach is calling your name. Whether you need a real kick in the tush to get
going, or are just having one blah day, hopefully one of these tips will get you out of your rut!
1. Find a way to enjoy your workout outdoors!
Now that the weather is nice, there is a whole new world of possibilities for getting your sweat on
outdoors! There are all sorts of strength training and cardio workouts specifically designed to be
completed at a park or on a playground. You can take your kids, your friends, your dog, or even just
yourself and take in some sunshine while you sweat (just make sure you bring some sunscreen – no
If plain old workouts don’t strike your fancy – no problem! Find something outside that does. Find
a new trail to hike, or take your bike out for a joy ride around your community. I live in a small
town and summers are FULL of street festivals, farmers markets, and concerts which allow for lots
of walking around and exploring. Get involved in your community and see what kind of fitness
opportunities you can come up with. Summer is also the perfect time to train for races, triathlons, or
other fun events! Find something that appeals to you and get in your Vitamin D!
2. Put some spunk in your old gym routine and change things up!
If your gym routine is feeling old and just is not inspiring you to get into the gym when the
sunshine is calling your name, it’s now a perfect time to change things up. Take a new class at
your gym (or local YMCA/community center/etc.) that you’ve always wanted to try. My favorites
are BodyPump, BodyCombat, BodyFlow, and spinning! Gyms seem to be a little emptier now that New Year’s
resolutions have worn off, so it’s the perfect time to rustle up some courage and try something
you’ve never done before.
3. Two heads are better than one – get yourself a workout buddy!
If you’re not already working out with a friend or significant other, now is the time to start. Workout
buddies are a great way to hold yourself accountable when you’re feeling lackluster, and they can
also push you to work harder. Besides, working out with a friend is just way more fun! You can
gossip while you run, make faces at each other during cardioboxing class, and go out for froyo
afterwards (Hey, it IS summer after all!)
Summer can also be a good time to get your significant other involved in your workouts, if they are
not already. Summer schedules seem to be easier for everyone, and the sun is out for most of the
evening, so sometimes people are more willing to join you in working out than they would be in the
winter. Besides, getting your significant other involved is like bonding in a whole new way. My fiancé
and I love to workout together (even if we’re just at the gym at the same time), because it’s kind of
like a casual date, and you burn calories in the process!
4. Turn to the old world wide web for inspiration!
In today’s day of social media, it is so easy to find inspiration on the internet. If you’re a social
person, turn to places like facebook or twitter. Follow your favorite athletes or trainers, tweet
questions to them, check out their facebook pages for workouts or ideas; there are so many
resources out there! If you’re more of a visual person like me, Pinterest is like
heaven. I love looking through the fitness page when I’m feeling totally unmotivated. I get tons of
ideas for workouts, I love the inspirational quotes, and usually after about 5 minutes I’m revved up
and ready to lace up my shoes!
5. Take a few minutes to remember WHY you are working out.
If you’re really struggling, take a few minutes to reflect on why you started working out in the first
place. Was is to lose weight or feel more comfortable with your body? To feel strong and powerful?
To look better in your summer bikini? To get your health under control? To rehab an injury?
Take whatever it is and hold on to that. Make it your mantra whenever you’re feeling less than
enthusiastic. Remember that fitness is a marathon, not a sprint – so you can’t give up. No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch!
Well thank you for letting me fill in for Chelsea today! I had a great time writing this post, and I hope
that you enjoyed it too!