7 Trainer’s Tricks to Help You Stay Motivated to Exercise
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7 Trainer’s Tricks to Help You Stay Motivated to Exercise

For many of us, 2016 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2017! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.

Maybe it was watching Rory Gilmore’s adorable tap dancing routine on Gilmore Girls. Maybe it’s all the cute workout gear we scored this holiday season. Whatever it is, we’ve decided to join the millions of New Year’s resolution makers and make it a goal to get our butt to the gym this January. But we know there will be times when getting out of our PJs to hit the gym won’t be high on our to-do list. So to prepare us for those inevitable sluggish days, we chatted with seven fitness experts to find out how to stay motivated well into 2017.

1. Choose an activity that requires an appointment. While doing a seven-minute workout at home may seem like a great option for busy gals, Lisa Corsello, founder of group-fitness studio Burn, advises us to “choose something that requires an appointment, like a group fitness class, and treat it like you would any other commitment.” Having something to write down in your planner or add to your Google Cal will help you stay accountable in the New Year.

2. Get cute AF workout gear. Let’s be honest — wearing your ratty high school gym shorts isn’t really the best motivator to leave the house for a workout. According to fitness instructor and Chaise Fitness owner Claudia Aarts-Schreiber, one of the best ways to make you want to hit the gym is by gifting yourself cute post-holiday workout clothes. “There’s nothing like an awesome outfit to make you feel good,” she notes. And that’s before you get all those awesome workout endorphins.

3. Clean out your newsfeed. According to celebrity trainer and author of The Code Red Holiday Survival Guide, Cristy Nickel, cleaning up your activity online is just as important as all the work you’re doing IRL to stay fit. “Trying to eat healthier? Then ‘hide’ those chocolate cake videos. Trying to cut back on wine? Get rid of wine advertisements,” she advises. “Get them out of your newsfeed so they’ll get out of your mind.” Temptation managed.

4. Stick to a 15-minute rule. “Getting to the gym or out the door for a run is often the hardest part,” says fitness guru Lea Genders. Oh yeah, we’ve been there a few times (ahem). Her advice? Commit to a 15-minute rule. “Even when you really don’t feel like exercising, promise yourself you’ll go for at least 15 minutes. Most of the time, once you get going, you won’t want to stop,” she says.

5. Find non-food rewards (double points if they’re free!). Instead of treating yourself with a candy bar, try to find rewards you love that won’t counteract all of your hard work, advises Jessa Mehta, founder of Get it Ohm! Karmic Yoga. “For example, a reward might be a solid stretch of guilt-free uninterrupted pleasure reading or a bath instead of a quickie shower,” she says. You’ll feel like you’ve indulged but are still 100 percent on track to hit your fitness goals.

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff. “I had a client come to me worried about her nightly popsicle she liked to have,” says fitness guru Stephen Mason. “It’s never the popsicle or fun-sized candy bar or even the bowl of ice cream that’s a problem. It’s the popsicle for dessert after the burger for dinner, the Cheez-Its for lunch and the Pop-Tarts for breakfast ON TOP of not working out all week. Focus on your healthy eating and exercise habits and don’t worry about the occasional treat,” he says.

7. Utilize your phone’s background. “Make your wallpaper a picture of your goal,” advises Patrick Henigan, lead trainer at Jacksonville Fitness Academy. Whether it’s a scale with your goal weight or a pic of that adorable dress you’d love to fit into, having an hourly reminder of what you’re working hard for is invaluable to helping you stay on track.

How are you keeping up with your fitness goals for the New Year? Tweet us your tips by mentioning @BritandCo!

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