Tips to Stay Motivated to Workout + Free Fitness Tracker Worksheet For You!

It’s that time of the year when everyone is interested in starting fitness. That is awesome! Any time more people are interested in getting healthier is a good thing. However, remember that fitness is a lifestyle. It’s not something we start in January and then forget by February. Whether you are reading this in January or this pops up for you later on in the year, your fitness journey can start today! Remember that since fitness and healthy living is a lifestyle, if you “fall off” it’s ok! Life comes with many ups and downs. Eventually pick yourself back up again and get back into it!

I’m hoping that some of these tips below will really give you some tangible, EASY ways to stay motivated to get your movement on.

Find A Workout You Love

Sometimes I feel like there’s this pressure to love a workout that your friends or your favorite “influencers” love. I think it’s great to try it out just to see but if you’ve tried it a few times and you still don’t love it, maybe it’s not your thing and that’s ok! It’s important to experiment a lot and find what works for you. When I first got started in fitness I used Classpass a lot and it was so crucial to my development in learning about my body. I quickly learned I didn’t have an affinity for barre. While it’s a great workout and definitely tones your body, it wasn’t necessarily the most fun workout and I need fun. Working out should be fun!

P.S. I’ve since tried barre again after not initially loving it and I now enjoy it on my low impact days. So just a tip, go back to workouts that you thought you didn’t like before, you never know if it’ll speak to your body at a different time!

Track Your Workouts – Remember Your Why

I created this free fitness tracker for you so you can write down exactly what your workouts are each day, how much water intake you consume in a day, and the most important parts of this tracker – reminding yourself of your GOALS and your WHY.

I find that when I lose focus on what my goals are or what my purpose is for working out, I lose motivation more easily. When I say know your why, I want you to dig deep. Do you say to yourself you want to lose 5 pounds? What is it really though about those pounds that is so important? Maybe the deeper reason is to feel stronger or to feel more confident. That is your why. Pounds and numbers fluctuate so much and they truly do not prove the worth to the work you actually put in. What IS important though is that feeling of knowing you can push through, even if you didn’t think you could. Capturing the deeper meaning behind why you started an endeavor is important to longer lasting success.

To receive your own tracker, simply input your information below and a download link will appear below so you can receive your very own Moving Well tracker!

 

What’s also really important is to write down your feelings! Sometimes we forget how much of a mind-body connection there truly is to our physical health. If you’re feeling down but you went to go workout, document: Did you feel better? Did you get more energy? Write those types of feelings down on this tracker so that you can be aware of how fitness plays into your emotional health.

Accountability

Having friends to keep you on track is important to keep you honest with yourself. If you tend to make excuses on passing up your scheduled workouts, you are less likely to flake on a friend. If you schedule a workout time with a girlfriend, they can make you accountable to show up for yourself (and for them!). If you don’t happen to have a friend that is local to you that can really go workout with you, consider making an Instagram or social media friend! There are so many groups and Instagrammers out there now that can help you stay on track! Let someone know, virtual or in real life, of your goals and what your workout schedule is and someone will be able to remind you to go 🙂

Lay Out Your Gym Clothes

Out of sight, out of mind is what people say, and it’s so true! If all my workout gear were tucked neatly away in my closet, there’s less of a chance that I’ll make the effort to go use it, especially if I’m lukewarm about going in the first place. If I feel determined to workout, even just visually seeing my workout clothes, out in my living room or somewhere that is easily viewable to me will make it that much easier for me to grab it and put it on!

Create a habit

Habits, like brushing your teeth, having your coffee/tea in the morning, etc. are all second nature to us. By setting aside a specific time of each day for your daily workout, this will help keep you on track. Chances are you have to wake up at around the same time every weekday, maybe you can consider waking up 30 minutes prior and getting in an at home workout before you start your day. Or maybe you’re more of a night person, try signing up for a specific class that’s offered each night after work (most gyms have the same nightly schedule).


I hope these tips helped you! If you have any of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments!

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  • Tiger came into my life one month before I was diagnosed with cancer. I had to rest so much in the early days when I had her. I would get tired and have to sleep or lay down for most of the day leading up to my surgery.

On surgery day, I was terrified. I thought I wouldn’t wake up. So on the surgery room table, before I could feel the anesthesia, I told the surgery team my “final” words, ‘Tell my mom and Tiger Lily I love them’. She was always my priority. Always my family.

When I eventually woke up the first thing I asked my mom is ‘Where is Tiger Lily? How is she?’ I was even trying to get my mom to sneak her into my hospital room but security stopped her. I couldn’t wait to have her in my lap.

I eventually got discharged from the hospital and I had to spend weeks on the sofa downstairs because I couldn’t make it to the bed on the second floor. So on a narrow sofa, Tiger and I slept together, all day. I felt so bad for her since she seemed so bored and she was only sleeping next to me because her mama was recovering.

I made little promises to her though, I would make it to the patio and sit down there for a few minutes so I could throw her toy with her (she would only play fetch with me). Then eventually I was able to take slow walks with her and sit down on a park bench while she played.

She helped me focus my energy on getting better for her. No one else could take care of her, like I could. I got stronger for her. Tiger Lily gave me purpose each day. Baby Tiger helped me heal.

Maybe this is part of why the pain is unbearable. We’ve been through so much, even in our short time together. The pain today feels just as excruciating and suffocating like it did a week ago. Praying tomorrow will be better. 💔
  • The story of how my baby Tiger Lily came into my life

March 2018 my family and I lost our family Pomchi, Puffy. She had been with us for 13 years. She was my parents baby and I was the fun sister that got to come hang with her.

When we lost her I felt an emptiness and wanted some doggy energy around. I thought fostering seemed interesting. It’s temporary. I’ll foster a dog for a couple days and then that’s it.

One day I scrolled and found Dogs Without Borders. I came across a little Tiger Lily. What a funny name, I thought. There was something about her that I was drawn to. I think it was the ears.

I was still nervous about it and didn’t know if I could handle it but one day I went out to dinner with friends and we were talking about it. There just happened to be Tiger hot sauce on the table and it said TRY ME. We laughed, I had never seen that type of sauce before! It was definitely a sign.

So I fostered her and I remember I kept her blocked off in an area of my house. There’s no way I was just letting her run free where ever she wanted to go.

Then I started seeing how scared she was. She would regularly shake; so confused as to where she was. ‘I’m a good girl why is my life like this’ she probably thought.  So I became more lenient so she could feel more at ease. I guess fine she could be on the sofa once in a while when I was around but only on her pillow. I guess fine she could be on my bed but only if she stayed on her side. Boundaries only really lasted a couple days. I’m weak.

Then after just less than a week, her former foster family wanted to adopt her. I had been thinking of adopting her but then thought it was better for her to go with them. They were a couple with other animals in the house so it felt like a fun, full home for Tiger to be in.

After just two days, the couple told me they changed their mind. If I didn’t want her then they’d end up returning her back to DWB. I was livid. Once you commit to adopting a baby, there is a no refund policy. Baby adoptions are not merchandise to exchange for another fit. I missed her and didn’t want Tiger to go through another transfer so I decided to adopt her myself. (contd in comments)
  • Rest in peace my love. My little baby Tiger Lily. I don’t know what happened. It was so sudden. You were fine on Friday! Maybe a little stomach upset on Saturday and then Sunday you could barely wag your tail when you saw me. I wish I noticed more signs so I could know how sick you were. Were you telling me something sooner and I didn’t know? You left me and my heart is not broken in half. My heart is completely shattered. I am so sorry for letting you down. I was trying to save you like you saved me. I tried to be the very best mama to you. I barely left you alone. I never wanted you to feel abandoned and lonely because that’s what you grew up knowing. (Don’t worry I won’t tell anyone I would sneak you into places you weren’t supposed to be in.) I always played with you (Stay. Stay. Find it!) I always bought you the best food - nothing but organic, all natural, and premium quality for my baby! I remember I would be so tired sometimes but I’d go out to Whole Foods to buy you steak just as a treat for being you. I wanted you to know how loved and OBSESSED I was all the time. I know you were obsessed with me too. Your grandparents would always call you “piece of gum on mom’s shoe” because you were just stuck to me like glue! You always had to be touching me, no matter what. If you didn’t see me in eyesight you would panic!

When I first got you I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would you like me? Would you be a lot of work? I could not have asked for a more perfect baby. You always listened to your mama, except for when it was bed time and you insisted on taking my side of the bed. I always pretended to be annoyed but what did I tell you every night? I said ‘Little baby Tiger Lily I love you, you’re the very best girl. I’m going to see you tomorrow and I hope you dream about all the yummy treats we’re going to eat’. Sweet baby, you were so strong. You struggled all day yesterday and when the doctor said there’s not much hope I took you home so you could be comfortable. You were so brave to be strong enough to be in the car in my arms and to make it all the way home. I didn’t let you go and you took your last breath in my arms. Snuggled with all your blankies. (contd)
  • 💔EMERGENCY: Is anyone a vet or a homeopathic animal doctor? Tigers condition has worsened over night. Doctors don’t know what the cause is, they’ve thrown out words like sepsis, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, anaphylaxis, they just don’t know.

Facts: Swollen gallbladder, low body temp, stomach is fluid filled, slight water in lungs, now in an oxygen cage... - doctor says her stomach and gastrointestinal system is not working. I don’t know what to do. Maybe another opinion or doctor would know. I have a copy of blood results to help.

Please forward to anyone who might have another opinion. My heart hurts I can’t breathe and I need to save her like she saved me. 💔🙏
  • Currently at the emergency animal hospital where I had to admit Tiger Lily for overnight observation and testing. She had been feeling ill since yesterday. Little stomach upsets usually go away quickly but today she started also having slow reactions, not blinking and experiencing heavy breathing. The vet said she is “pretty sick” with low blood pressure. She may have pancreatitis or some type of gastric complication.

Pancreatitis is what my 13 year old family dog, Puffy, passed away from back in 2018. So to hear that Tiger Lily may have this... 💔 Pray for Tiger please. Anyone that knows me even a little knows exactly how much she means to me and I just can’t have her be sick because I need her. ❤️
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  • What is your approach to food? I try to eat mostly plant-based but I allow myself the freedom to eat what my body craves that day. All foods fit over here!

Today on the blog I’m breaking down an easy approach to changing mindset around food choices. 🥑 #intuitiveeating #eatingwell #allfoodsfit #healthyliving
  • There is chaos everywhere. The turmoil can be easy to ignore sometimes because it feels so far away and quite honestly, we all just have our own individual lives to live and most of us feel like we are not directly affected by it. But we are.

This isn’t the typical content I generally write about but I think it’s important to make a difference in some way. As much of a health advocate as I am, I’m really an advocate for change; change for the better. We are all capable of so much and collectively the possibilities for positive change in our communities are limitless. But change comes when there is action behind it.

I’ve been politically active for years. I’ve traveled, canvassed, phone banked, fundraised for the candidates/issues I support. It’s tough, invigorating, gratifying, and eye-opening all in one.

Rather than speak about partisan politics (there’s enough of that out there) – I wanted to give a PSA to remember to register to vote! Your voice can make a difference when you show up for yourself and for others. I listed a state by state breakdown with voter registration deadlines up on the blog today. I encourage you to check it out. ❤️#bethechange #advocacy #registertovote #positiveimpact
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  • I’m really excited to make this my healthiest year yet! Will you join me?

We all have dreams and goals we want to achieve but it’s just going to be that much more difficult to reach them if you don’t have your health! 🙏 I wrote a blog post on how often you should be seeing your doctor as a general guideline to help you. Remember to feel empowered to ask questions, listen to your intuition and get a second opinion if you need it!

Set aside half an hour today to track down phone numbers, check your calendar, and schedule those appointments.

This year, I want us all to not just survive but to THRIVE. 💕🙌
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#selfcare #newyearbetteryou #healthfirst #wellnessjourney
  • I hope everyone had the best January 1! Tradition in my family is to make homemade Korean potstickers/dumplings and put them in a rice cake soup, so I spent all afternoon making these with my mom ☺️ Do you have any traditions? #떡국 #떡만두국 #familytradition #happynewyear
  • 2019 - You’ve come with a lot of deep emotions. I found myself struggling with my mental health more than ever before. I was more anxious, more triggered, more depressed. Things felt really messy and broken for a lot of the year.

But like with most things - I found a path toward healing and growth once I allowed myself space for reflection and exploration.

More 2019 reflections and a final giveaway for you, on the blog. ❤️
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Thank you to everyone for the continued support throughout the year! Sending you all health, love, and growth as we approach a new year and new chapter! 🥳 #happynewyear #2019reflections

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