6 Ways to Stay Motivated to Work Out

September is Self-Improvement Month, and while that can mean many different things to many different people, there is not denying that we could all do with a large dose of improved wellness. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, make time for meditation, or just get your diet back on track, wellness is at the core of becoming a better you, one day at a time. We’ve got some smart tips to help you stay motivated to take care of your body and health.

  1. Don’t forget to stand! In today’s work culture, many of us remain hunched over a computer for hours on end. Don’t forget to stand and move around once an hour. Better yet—go grab yourself a glass of water! Movement throughout the day will help you avoid the lag later in the afternoon and keep you inspired to go for that after-work run.
  2. Join a community. Many people mumble under their breath, “Today is the day I go to the gym,” but we all know that rarely works out. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to join a community. You can join a class to keep you accountable or join on online community that swaps healthy recipes and exercise tips.
  3. Make small, manageable changes. One of the quickest ways to become discouraged when maintaining a workout routine is to overshoot your goals. Take your time and listen to your body.
  4. Don’t stress. It’s important to have goals and routines, but getting bent out of shape because you can’t make it to a class will only heighten your stress. Keep things casual and remember to have fun. The road to wellness is a long one—sometimes it’s ok to take a detour.
  5. There is no such thing as a “diet.” Healthy eating isn’t about cutting this or adding that. It’s a lifestyle that requires several smart choices and habits. For instance, can you cut back on eating out? Do you actually drink a gallon of water a day? Look into what makes for healthy eating that fits your tastes and resources. You’ll be surprised the small changes you can make that will really make the difference.
  6. Keep it up! The most important piece of advice is that real self-improvement doesn’t happen overnight. A little belief that you can accomplish your goals mixed with a bit of willpower will take you where you want to go—and hopefully beyond!