I’ve been doing a little reading lately on the idea of affirmations. I am not the most Oprah of people (unfortunately for me,) but the topic got me thinking of different fitness motivators or mantras I use to push myself out the door on hard days.
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Some of my favorites are:
- “Today isn’t rest day.” Having a rest day planned helps me so much on the days when I’ve scheduled a trip to the gym or a training run.
- “Get those steps.” Admittedly this one doesn’t make sense to everyone, but if you have some sort of wearable tech like a FitBit, the activity tracker doesn’t lie to you. I’ve you’ve been sedentary there is no hiding it from yourself.
- “You paid for those shoes.” For a woman who isn’t especially girly, I have to admit I LOVE when I have a new pair of shoes for the gym or a run. (My current favorite are Mizuno Wave Riders for running and New Balance 677 Women’s Cross Training Shoes (WX677BP) for lifting.) When I spend $100-300 on a pair of shoes, it makes me want to USE them.
- “You gotta sweat like a pig to look like a fox.” I read something like that on Pinterest when I first started this fitness journey, and it has stuck with me ever since. It is a good reminder to me that I have to earn the body I want.
- “You’ve changed so much already.” After having two kids I realize my body will never look like my pre-baby, 22 year old self, but that’s okay. I feel much better than I have in years, and I have never been more healthy.
- “This isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle.” This is a popular mantra in fitness circles, and I use it a lot. Making a permanent life change was very difficult, but now that it’s been so long it would be a major stumble for me to go back to my old level of fitness and my old style of eating.
- “Because you love it.” Often these words come from my husband instead of me, and he is always right. When I am whining about not wanting to go on a long run and ask him “Why am I doing this?” he always answers “Because you love it.” And I do.
Do you have any favorite “get me out the door” fitness motivators? Share them in the comments.