Good morning, and happy Tuesday! I always get so many questions about working out or how I find motivation to workout so I wanted to share a few things that have helped me over the years! Some are serious, some are practical and some are just fun (like cute workout clothes!)
So let’s get to it! Let me know what you think or how you stay motivated!
MY BODY IS A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
This for me is numero uno. Do you know that your body is a gift from God? Like if you really really think about what our bodies can do and how intricately they are made, it’s CRAZY. He has given us this body to walk this earth and be an example of Him everywhere we go. I want to care for what He has entrusted me with. I want to fill it with good things to fuel it for the day, and I want to workout so I can do with ease all of the things that God has for me to do! Being confident in who God made me to be AND loving (I mean legitimately caring for this body) is exactly what I know God wants me to do.
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME
Let’s be real. Even people who work out every day struggle with working out everyday. I have days where I take forever to get out the door to go for a run because I really don’t want to. And I have days where I’m doing an extra hard workout at Crossfit, and I want to give up, slow down or not finish the last round. In those moments, I always find myself repeating over and over in my head I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Because you LITERALLY can. People do some hard stuff every freaking day. And you finishing your workout really isn’t that bad. Next time you dont want to get out the door and go or you want to give up, try mediating on that verse instead of all of the negative other ish you could be telling yourself in your head.
MAKE A PLAN
Ok now for some practical tips. You guys I am not a planner. I mean I am. But I’m also mostly not. Example: I bought a ticket on a Monday to go to Colorado and left five days later. Not planned. But as much as I can I try to make a plan for my workouts for the week. Since I go to Crossfit, I don’t mean I plan out what workouts I’m doing. That’s already done for me. #thankGod I plan when I’m going and whether I’m running or going to Crossfit. I try to start work everyday at about 10:30 so that way I can make it to my 8am CrossFit class. I realize a lot of you may not make your own schedule but you can still plan your workouts to fit yours! (And before you get jelly of my schedule, I usually am at the salon until at least 7:30 if not later on the days I work so I need that late start to be able to work that late. 😛 ) My workouts are usually either attending an hour-long Crossfit class or going for a five mile run. I do either depending on how I’m feeling physically that day, which one I want to do and what works with my schedule, and I try to work out 4-5 days a week.
WORK OUT WITH FRIENDS
There’s nothing like some good ol’ peer motivation to help you stick to your workouts. I love working out with Ben. We go to Crossfit together or sometimes on short runs. (He does not share my passion for running so it’s a good day if I can get him to do a few miles with me. 😛 ) On family holidays, it’s not completely crazy if my whole family goes for a run together. I have friends I see at Crossfit and even just last week on my trip to Denver, Alena and I went to Crossfit every morning before we got ready for the day! I even have Instagram “friends” who motivate me. You know what I’m talking about. That one person you follow who posts and picture or a video and next thing you know you put the ice cream back in the freezer and are doing a 100 sit-ups. 😛 Having a husband, boyfriend, friends or family that you go workout with is one of the best ways to keep you motivated.
FIND SOMETHING YOU LOVE
I have been running since I was 12 years old. And I LOVE IT. Running for me is so much more than just a workout. It’s a place I process life and stress and emotions. It’s a place I spend time with Jesus. Heck, I’ve cried on runs and almost had to stop. It’s made me push harder and accomplish goals. For me, it’s really a parallel for my attitude in life. There are so many outside factors on a run (and in life) that contribute to a good run or a bad run but the most important thing is that you KEEP running. Even when you’re on mile 8 of the Boston Marathon, realize you have a giant blister, 18 miles to go and there’s no way in hell you’re going to make your goal time. If that doesn’t teach you perseverance, I don’t know what will. (In case you didn’t catch it, that wasn’t just a fun example. That actually happened to me. You can read about it here. Also please note how different my photos look. 😛 )
I also started Crossfit five years ago, and now incorporate that into my workouts. That’s what keeps me toned, and it’s a place where I can go workout with friends. I actually enjoy being alone running and the pure self motivation of it but there’s something about being with a group of people working out and pushing each other that is just so great. Not to mention the fact that you just have to show up. I’ve never felt so strong in my life as I do now doing Crossfit.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to find something you love to do. And it may very well be neither of those things I mentioned. (Actually mostly guaranteed it won’t be running. I find very few people who love it like I do. 😂) But find something you love whether that be running, crossfit, swimming, cycling, group classes or at home workouts.
STAYING HOT FOR MY HUBBY/FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF
This one might sound silly or superficial, but I actually think it’s really important. I don’t do it because I don’t think he wouldn’t love me with a few extra pounds. But when I feel good about my body, I am a better me and therefore a better wife! And there’s just something about being confident and feeling hot and sexy for your hubby! Because it helps you to see what he sees. If you’re single, I still think body confidence is so important. Feeling good in your own skin and the clothes you wear is so important. And there’s nothing more attractive than a confident girl who loves Jesus and loves herself and her body. We’re all just a little better at life when we are really loving ourselves because we can spend more time loving those around us than worrying about ourselves. #canigetanamen
Ok, two random last ones. Put on some good music and get some cute workout clothes. Like the ones below. When you have a cute outfit to put on, it might make you slightly more excited to get out there! P.S. On the real, I have both of the pairs of shoes listed below, and they are both SO comfy. Perfect for HIIT type training mixed with a little bit of running. (If you are actually looking to put in some miles, I recommend a shoe like this. )
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