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Getting Your Fitness Motivation Back: 5 Motivational Tips


We all get it, days when we don’t want to go to the gym and days when all we want to do is sit in our pyjamas all day and watch Netflix on repeat. Its normal and makes us human. Never feel bad for listening to your body and giving your body much needed rest. However, when that rest time turns into weeks or months, it might be your motivation you need to address.

For me, I don’t rely on motivation that much at all. Naturally, I am a very driven person and as Health and Fitness is my passion, going to the gym isn’t a chore to me. I have created healthy habits which have become part of who I am. These habits then give me intrinsic motivation which comes from within my body. However recently I have felt off my game, but I have given myself some rest and now it’s time to get back to it!

Here are my top tips for getting your fitness motivation back:

Forgive Yourself

If you have lost your mo-jo slightly the worst thing you can do is beat yourself up over it. It’s called being human, and believe it or not happens to the best of us. Even world-class athletes will have days they don’t feel great and skip the gym. Don’t think of it as a negative see it as a fresh start, rest time or just you listening to your body like a boss! Majority of motivation comes from how you think of yourself. So, stop feeling sorry for yourself, forgive yourself and get back in a positive mind set.

Set Yourself Goals

Setting yourself new goals will be hugely beneficial to making you want to get back to it! It could be setting yourself some new PBs to hit or starting a new programme. Whatever you want to achieve, write it down and give yourself a target. However, make sure your goals are achievable, setting yourself unrealistic goals will only lead to disappointment. Ensue your goals are sensible so you can visualise achieving them.  Visualisation is a great motivational tool, if you can visualise a healthier happier and stronger you, you’ll find you become intrinsically motivated.

Get a Gym Buddy

Having someone else there to push you can always be helpful. Also, you won’t want to disappoint your gym buddy by cancelling on them last minute. I always train with my boyfriend and we always motivate and push each other harder. You could write a new work out plan together, or set yourself weekly goals together. That way you’ll be sure to stay on track!

Watch YouTubers

If your anything like me, you’ll also enjoy watching You Tube. I am subscribed to all the popular fitness girls and will often watch their work out videos for inspiration and motivation. Not to mention they all look amazing, so that’s also motivation itself! My favourite you tubers are: Elle Darby, Lauren Tickner, Heidi Somers and Sophie Aris. Go subscribe to their channels for some workout tips, motivation and girl talk!

Switch it up

If you’ve been stuck doing the same workout routine for the past few months or years it’s no surprise your low on motivation. Try changing up your routine, adding in new exercises or training in a different way. I have found I am much more focused on training when training for strength rather than aesthetics. I love feeling strong, I find it empowering. So, if you’ve just been sticking to light weights or doing cardio, why not try some heavier weights with lower rep ranges.

Hopefully, those 5 tips will help in getting your motivation back to get to the gym. Remember, don’t lose motivation because you feel disheartened you aren’t achieving anything. Results take hard work and dedication, if you’ve only been trying a few weeks reality is you must keep going. You must be prepared, leave the excuses behind and give it your best.

You must also remember that motivation itself can be short lived. So, when you get this new motivation, focus on building sustainable habits from that. Then next time your motivation is low, you can rely on your habits to keep you on track with your goals.

You can read more about creating healthy sustainable habits here.


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  • Reply Sarah

    Thanks! Been needing to get myself motivated again. I’ll check out those youtube channels you mention 🙂

    October 1, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    • Reply

      Yes, do there’s some great work out videos and full day of eating on their channels!

      October 2, 2017 at 5:55 am
  • Reply Leah Sullivan

    Ahhhhh just what I needed for my Monday morn! Thanks :]

    October 2, 2017 at 10:44 am
    • Reply

      Glad it helped! Thanks for reading!

      October 2, 2017 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Jem

    I needed to read this!! I always start off great and then each and every time without fail, hit the three week mark and make excuses then fall off the wagon.. Am yet to find something to keep me going past the dreaded three week deadline but your tips have motivated me to start again (and hopefully make it at least 4! )

    October 2, 2017 at 11:13 am
    • Reply

      Yes I know it can be difficult, but the longer you stick at it the more it will develop into a habit instead of an effort and then everything will just be part of your normal routine! Keep going you can do it girl! Thanks for reading.

      October 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Anna

    Great tips! Writing down a goal is the key in my opinion, and it also helps to keep a journal. Anyway, getting into the proper routine takes a little bit of time, but once we’re there, there’s no stopping! 😀

    October 2, 2017 at 11:59 am
    • Reply

      Yes, I also love keeping a journal. I wrote about that in my morning routine blog, check it out! Yes exactly, thanks for reading have a lovely day!

      October 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Patty

    I agree, getting a gym buddy is the best thing you can do for accountability. Thanks for sharing!

    October 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply

      Yes, thanks for reading!

      October 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Sarah Harradine

    Great post! So important to forgive yourself.

    October 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    • Reply

      Definetly! Thanks for reading!

      October 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Reginald

    Wow…..this is a great article, nice sharing.

    October 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm
    • Reply

      Thanks for reading!

      October 2, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    I have been in such a rut lately with working out. I still love it and don’t look at it as a chore, but getting to the gym has been a struggle. Thanks for your tips I think I need to sit down and reset my goals and switch up my workout routine.


    October 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply

      No problem, I hope it helps! Thanks for reading!

      October 2, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Rachael Williams

    Really great post, thanks Danielle. Love your writing style. I agree that writing down your goals is key xx

    October 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    • Reply

      Thanks Rachael, that means a lot. I’m still learning and new to this! Yes definitely, so much more motivating when it’s written down on paper!

      October 2, 2017 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Joanne Saccasan

    I’m looking to start working out, again some useful tips thanks

    October 2, 2017 at 6:23 pm
    • Reply

      No problem, I hope they helped and you can start your fitness journey!

      October 2, 2017 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply Tina

    Great post! I really need to get back into my gym routine again now since the kids are in school.

    October 2, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply

      Thanks for reading, I hope you do! You’ll feel much better for it I imagine! Although, I am aware how time consuming it can be. Good Luck!

      October 2, 2017 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply Tisha

    This is just what I needed! I literally decided 10 minutes ago to go to the gym tomorrow and I’ve already listed 10 excuses! Great post- definitely made me feel motivated!

    October 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    • Reply

      I really hope this has helped you! You can do it girl, think of how much better you will feel afterwards!

      October 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Kristen Huryk

    I’ve been getting back into fitness myself and I totally agree that watching youtubers motivates me so much! I love knowing others health & fitness routines, so thanks for sharing! I will definitely be checking out your other fitness posts!!

    October 3, 2017 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply

      Yes, have a look at the youtubers I have suggested I love their channels for motivation and keeping it real! Thanks for reading, hope it helped!

      October 4, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Reply amber

    i really needed this blog today, thank you

    October 4, 2017 at 4:48 am
    • Reply

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad it helped!

      October 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

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