Getting your arse outta bed and into a gym in the morning can be pretty daunting. And, like with practically anything, you need motivation to do it continuously to start seeing results. It will be those results that will make you your own motivator and inspiration.
But before you get to that stage, where can you feel inspired to work out and live a healthy life?
I use Pinterest for most inspirational kick starters – travel, photography, blog ideas etc. However, having a fitness board to go back to with diets, workouts and inspirational women is one of the main things that drives me to continue my fitness regime.
Pinterest allows you to not only be motivated by fit women (and let’s be honest, a little bit jealous) but also gives you plenty of recipes, nutritional fact sheets and work out ideas. Oh and fitness mantras! They act like a little personal trainer.
Pinterest may end up directing you to websites that belong to fitness gurus – people who have been working out for years to get where they are now. Some of the stories are so inspirational, it really shows you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
Not all celebrities go on crazy starvation diets.
Believe it or not, some are just naturally healthy and take care of their bodies like, for example, Jennifer Aniston – a woman who hasn’t aged a day. You can see what Jennifer’s personal trainer said about her workout routine and eating habits here. It shows she has dedication and real love for her body (it shows).
Taylor Swift also works out regularly. According to HealthyCeleb Taylor does an hour of cardio a day BUT she also likes to eat well and doesn’t believe in starving herself.
Of course, we don’t all have nutritionists, personal trainers and chefs but we can be inspired by their motivation to work out and eat well at the same time.
I follow a range of Instagram accounts that promote detox teas, protein shakes and workout programmes. But between the blatant advertising are real life stories of women who have lost weight by eating good foods and exercising on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to follow those fitness bloggers I was talking about earlier on Instagram too. The bikini photos can really make you want to give up chips…
FELLOW GYM GOERS
When you start going to the gym you may feel a bit insecure. However, there are all sorts of people that frequent the establishment – from new mums trying to lose the baby weight to bodybuilders.
But in the end we are all there for one reason and that’s to get fit. There will be girls who are bigger than you, or more muscular than you or slimmer than you. But everyone has a starting place. Use those around you as motivation to train harder and be inspired at their dedication.
- Cooking shows – This won’t help the food cravings. You’ll end up feeling hungry, jealous and a little bit miserable.
- Baking blogs – If you’re looking for fitness inspiration, cake isn’t where you will find it
- Food boards on Pinterest – Like baking blogs, you may end up tempted by sugar, carbs and all things bad for you.
- Going to restaurants – eating out feels like a treat which will make you want to eat junk. Avoid the restaurants, avoid the junk.
Inspiration may motivate you into getting fit but only you can make it work.