Hi everyone! Today I’m introducing Katie from katiemariah.com who will be sharing this blog post with you. She will be sharing her story and some great tips on how to get motivated and excited to workout! I hope you enjoy this post and when you’re done, head over to her website to see my guest post about developing a productive morning routine.

Hi, I’m Katie! I’m a 20-year-old college student that loves a good iced coffee and a good read. But I also have a love for writing. Over on my blog, you’ll find lifestyle content relating to productivity, travel, and wellness. I strive to help others live a life that permits any and ALL dreams. Because I believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it. One motto I’ve taken up is “only look back to see how far you’ve come.” I love this quote because it reminds me that life is a journey and although everything may not make sense at the moment, when I look back and see that long treacherous road I was once on, I’ll be so proud of myself.

Why I workout!

Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or just stuck in a rut, here are some things I like to do to motivate myself to workout. I guess I should also give a little background on why I decided to implement working out into my lifestyle. Growing up, I was always active. I did dance for a couple of years, soccer for a year, and did competitive cheer and highschool cheer for most of my school career.

When I stopped cheerleading, there were no more mandatory practices. So, I kind of fell off my active lifestyle and felt so out of shape. I felt sluggish and lazy and realized that I ACTUALLY liked exercising. I just never realized, since it was such an ample part of my routine growing up. So, before my freshman year of college, I started to find ways to get back into exercising. I relied a lot on the conditioning routines I remembered from cheerleading and also on fitness gurus on Instagram. These two combined have helped me find exercises I love. I would definitely say that exercising has become a very important part of my lifestyle, and it truly makes me happy. I hope it can be like that for you too! It’s also important to remember that working out is a journey. Don’t pressure yourself to workout out 7 days a week for hours at a time. Do what feels right for your body. For some that may mean 30 minute workouts for 3 days a week and for others that may mean working out 5 days a week. We are all at different places when it comes to working out so it’s okay to have these differences.  

Also, remember to fuel your body properly. That doesn’t mean just eating a leaf for breakfast and an apple for lunch. Eat foods that give you energy and are enjoyable, and if the occasional cookie makes you happy, eat it! 

I’d like to say that I am in no way, shape, or form an expert. But these are just some things I’ve learned over the years that keep me happy and motivated to workout! 

How to Get Motivated…

1. Find a workout plan you like

I typically like to come up with my own workouts. However, when I’m in a fitness rut, one way I motivate myself to workout is by finding a workout plan. I like workout plans because they are easy to follow, and they take the pressure off of me to find what exercises to do.  Also, they are great if you’re a beginner! A workout plan will allow you to build up confidence when exercising. Eventually, you’ll feel comfortable making up your own workouts.

2. Wear clothes that make you feel confident

I know this might not apply to everyone, but I feel way more motivated to work out when I’m wearing clothes I love. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. I love to get my workout gear from TJMaxx, Gymshark, and Fabletics. They have tons of cute and comfy exercise gear that make me feel confident.

3. Workout with friends

A friend works as an accountability partner and a source of motivation. You’ll probably end up pushing yourself harder too! If you see your friend giving their 100% and you know you’re only giving about 50%, then you’re more likely to exert the rest of your energy to match their pace. A workout partner will also help you enjoy your workouts more, especially if you’re not used to working out alone. Workout partners also are great for trying out new gyms or exercise classes for the first time. Once I’ve dipped my foot in the water by going with a friend, I’m way more comfortable with going alone the next time since I know what to expect.

4. Make it fun!

Who says working out means strictly using dumbbells and treadmills? Working out can be dancing to your favorite songs on shuffle for around 20 to 30 minutes, playing Just Dance on the game console or even just an evening stroll while walking your dog. Finding simple ways to move your body will keep you craving for those endorphins. You could also have a competition with your friends! Try having a set goal for all of your friends to accomplish, such walking 10K steps in a day. The first person to accomplish the goal wins a prize that you see fit. A friendly competition will keep you motivated, and you’ll be having fun!

5. Find some inspiration

There are tons of FREE workout ideas on Youtube and on Instagram. Some Youtubers I love to watch are Chloe Ting and Madfit. I also find Instagrammers Rachel Alexandria Fit, Libby Christensen, and GainsbyBrians motivating. Seeing other people working out motivates me to keep going. It’s kind of like having a workout buddy too! Your inspiration could also be a goal you have for yourself. Maybe you want to run a 5k or maybe you want to be able to deadlift 150Ibs. Whatever reason you have for working out, use it as your inspiration to keep pushing! 

Time to get started!

Whether you’re a newbie or just stuck in a rut, I hope you’re motivated to get out there and exercise! Grab a friend or just grab your fitness mat and start! But most importantly, find a workout that you love and enjoy because it can be fun. Also, be sure to check out my socials down below to connect with me!

xo, Katie

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