Something we all really need when it comes to making sure we eat healthy and continue to work out almost every day for a healthy lifestyle. I am fairly new to fitness but I have already found a few things that definitely motivate me to continue doing everything I’m supposed to do for my health. I have quite a few but today I will only be sharing 3-4 (You’ll find out at the end of the article :] ).
1. Bikini. Yes, I am aware that almost every single woman out there uses this as their #1 motivation. I’m not trying to be cliche, I actually want to look amazing in my bikini this summer. Now, most women just work out near the end of the winter through spring and during the summer and then let it all go at the end of summer. No no. That isn’t happening here. I want to be able to look amazing in my bikini all year around. You never know when you’ll be swimming indoors with friends. Even if you know there is a super slim chance with doing indoor swimming, try on your bikini at least once every month throughout the months you don’t wear it out publicly to the beach or to a pool. Seeing yourself in your bikini just might make you keep wanting to maintain your healthy, strong body! (It’ll also be easier for you to work out all year around than having to push yourself in the middle of winter to get your body back). Also, just remind yourself – if you gain a bit of weight during winter, it’s okay! It happens! Don’t let it get you off track🙂
2. Strength and Energy. Working out and eating clean foods (aka not sugar or grease!) will give you crazy crazy energy for your day (especially helps if you work out in the morning). In turn, it also makes you stronger, of course. As a university student, I need the strength and energy to keep powering through my super long days and nights.
3. Helps w/ anxiety and depression (and sleep). This is a HUGEone for me. Major. I have anxiety and one of my “symptoms” is depression. I am not depressed all the time. My depression comes for as long as it pleases and will go away as it pleases. I never know when it will strike me. And when it does, it strikes hard. Working out helps so so so much. It releases endorphins which help with psychological health. Reduces my stress, wards off any depression or anxiety I have leaving me with a more positive feeling, and it improves my sleep drastically. Those of you who deal with anxiety and depression know it isn’t easy to sleep a lot of nights and trust me – when I started working out, I noticed a major difference in my sleeping. I sleep like an absolute baby now. Check out this website for a little more detailed explanation: http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/Exercise_Endorphins.
4. Cassey from Blogilates (www.blogilates.tumblr.com). This girl has insanely amazing work outs you can do at home without going to the gym or owning any exercise equipment. It’s also perfect if you live in an apartment. She is a fitness and pilates trainer, so she knows what she’s doing and saying. Check out her tumblr for inspiration, but mainly check out her website and youtube page for the extreme motivation! Her work outs are amazing, but killer!
Hope this blog helped you with your motivation for the next couple of days to eat healthy and work out! If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns, don’t hesitate to leave me a message in my ask box or just reply on this post! I hope to make another post later on tonight for skin care, so keep your eyes out for that🙂