Fitness Motivators

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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.

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About Sarah McMullin

Mother of two, Bachelor's and JD, married to a crazy high school teacher.
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