The holiday season is upon us and as we enter the final leg of 2017, it can be easy to fall into a workout slump. Festivities are being scheduled as sweet treats make their way to the forefront of store aisles.
Whether you’re a creature of habit when it comes to working out or January’s resolutions have faded from your memory—there’s always room for some extra motivation. Fight the seasonal workout blues with these six tips to step up your fitness routine:
- Use the buddy system
If motivation is failing you, find an accountability buddy—a colleague, friend or relative—to work out with. Having a workout partner works wonders for staying committed and can make trying new classes more fun. Look for a partner with similar goals who can count on.
- Step outside your comfort zone
Explore new classes and studios in your area using the MINDBODY app. Sometimes all it takes to get re-inspired is adding something new to your routine. Plus, if you’re in the market for a workout buddy, you might just find one at that studio you’ve been meaning to check out for months.
- Netflix© and sweat
Just discovered your next binge-worthy series? Instead of planting your booty on the couch, workout while you watch. Whether you’re doing planks in your living room or running on the treadmill at the gym, watching a show will help pass the time with entertainment.
- Refresh your workout wardrobe
Some people call it retail therapy; others call it motivation. Whichever way you spin it, new workout gear can actually motivate you to stick to (or get back to) your fitness regimen. After all, that $100 pair of sweat-wicking leggings won’t do any good in your dresser drawer.
- Create a #MondayMantra
Words have serious sway. In fact, positive words trigger positive subconscious responses in the brain. So why not tap into social media for motivational workout quotes? Get involved with like-minded communities online by looking for common hashtags, such as #MondayMantra. Participating and sharing motivation online is another great way to maintain accountability.
- Get organized
Routine requires organization. Get organized and start building new habits each day. For example, if your goal is to work out more often, get in the habit of booking classes a few days in advance. If you know you need to work out in the morning, get your gear ready the night before so you can roll out of bed and go—no excuses. Alternatively, if you work out during the day, set calendar reminders for yourself so you don’t forget.
Not sure which motivation strategies work for you? Try any variety of these tactics until you find the perfect match.