Fitness Motivation ๐Ÿ’ช 5 Tips for Getting Motivated to Workout & STAYING Motivated to Workout!

When you’re brand new to the world of
fitness, it’s super easy to get overwhelmed with any and everything
relating to diet and exercise. But one of the hardest parts about starting a
healthy lifestyle, is the elusive idea of “motivation” and inspiration. How do you
get motivated to work out? How do you STAY motivated to work out? In this video,
I give you five tips for finding that healthy lifestyle motivation, and a
couple tricks for keeping that inspiration high. First, visualize your goals. This can mean
a lot of different things to many different people. Are there a pair of
jeans that you want to fit into? Is there an occasion, or a trip coming up that you
want to look good for? Visualizing your goals can help immensely when it comes
to fitness motivation, and the nice thing is that you can visualize your goals in
many different ways. If you have an event coming up, having a weekly countdown to
that event really helps keep me on track. For daily motivation, scrolling through
before-and-after pictures of people when they’ve jumped on the healthy lifestyle
bandwagon is hugely inspirational for me.
is a great place for this, particularly because the people in that subreddit are
usually pretty average people for the most part, without the help of sketchy
supplement sponsors, or undisclosed plastic surgery operations. They’re
people that are primarily just like you and me. Usually, they also dive into the
exact workout and diet plans that they used to achieve their goals, which is
pretty motivational all on its own and can further inspire you to maybe do the
same. Motivational tip number two: have your
workout gear laid out, ready to go the night before. If you want to start
working out first thing in the morning, simply having your clothes already laid
out makes it a lot easier to just throw on first thing in the morning before you
can even talk yourself out of it. But it doesn’t just stop with clothing; the same
could go for your morning breakfast as well. Having easy things prepared the
night before like overnight oats, or a piece of fruit, or even pre-brewed
coffee, makes your morning routine a lot easier to ease into. But even if you’re
not a morning workout person, I would still try laying your clothes out anyway.
Sometimes I find that simply having my workout clothes ready to go is hugely
motivating all on its own, because it’ll be staring me down, urging me to squeeze
a workout in halfway through the day or into the evening if it’s laid out
somewhere visible. One thing I find absolutely paramount to
keeping motivation through the roof is having a plan. You want to start running?
Awesome! How many miles do you want to hit? How fast do you want to go as a goal?
How long do you want to run for, or where you want to go? Even just having the
basics in mind is key to having a successful workout. The same is true for
strength training, or really any other form of exercise.
What muscle groups do you want to hit? How many sets of what exercises? Write
these things down, or keep a log in your phone so you can build and expand upon
these workout stats. Personally, I like to use Google Sheets, which is basically
like a cloud version of Excel. Everyone with a gmail account has access to it,
which could potentially be literally every single person watching this video
right now. It’s extremely simple to write out an exercise routine in chart form,
which is then easy to modify from your phone right at the gym or wherever you
plan to be. Seeing yourself progress in a workout log or in an app is hugely
motivating, and you’ll wish you’d started earlier when you see those milestones
surpassed. Another tip is to surround yourself with
inspiration. There’s nothing worse than feeling that itch to workout, but having
your surroundings bog you down. This can be anything from having outdated music
on your Spotify playlist, or not having a workout partner, or even having a
cluttered house. Little things like these can grate away at your motivation level,
and can start to drain you over time so try to have these things in check. There
are a ton of different workout playlists on apps like Spotify, so if I’m feeling
sick of my regular music, I’ll switch it up by trying a completely different
playlist than my own. And sometimes, when no music sounds right at that moment,
I’ll listen to a podcast instead. I’ve linked a couple of my favorite podcasts
in the description bar below if you’re feeling like you just need to spice up
your auditory motivation a little bit. If you’re somebody that likes having
companionship when you work out for that extra boost of motivation, maybe try a
few classes at your local gym, or meetups on Facebook.
Chances are, you live somewhere where someone else is looking for a workout
partner as well, and this is a great opportunity to branch out, make new
friends, or try something new like a fitness class. Wait. And if you’re somebody that likes at-home workouts, keeping your space clean and clutter-free is a huge motivation
factor for me. I try — keyword is “try” — to spend 15 minutes a day decluttering my
space and I never regret doing so. It gives me more space to move around, and
when your workout is done, you don’t feel brought down by your surroundings
afterward. Above all, know that habit trumps motivation. At the end of the day,
motivation and inspiration will only get your foot in the door, and sometimes not
even that. It’s up to you to make it a habit and continue to inch toward your
goals. One thing that helps me keep the habit is setting a schedule and trying
as hard as I possibly can to stick to it. If you’re wanting to put on a bit of
muscle, plan your week out with what muscle groups you want to hit on what
days, weights you want to start with, the number of sets and rep ranges, etc. Have
this all written down somewhere, and for one whole week, try to stick to the
schedule. Apps like Google Calendar make this a lot easier, because you could put
your specific workout into the calendar and it will remind you on your phone
when it’s time to go work out. Another mind trick I have for keeping the habit
is to treat it like a real, true job. I found the biggest personal gain in my
overall fitness and health when I treated my workouts and eating habits
like a second job, and not like some optional thing. Getting outside and going
on a run wasn’t an option, it was something I HAD to do, and like a job, it
was a priority in my life. If a friend called me up and asked me to hang out
during the time that I was supposed to be working out, they would have to wait
until I was done. And like a job, sometimes it’s okay to take vacation
time or sick days. Truthfully, there are just some days where getting a workout
in isn’t an option, because either you’re feeling under the weather, or you’re too
busy, or you’re on vacation, or really anything else. But like a job, those
moments are temporary and fleeting. When motivation fades, it’s up to you to stick
with the habit that you’ve established, and I always find that treating it like
a job really helps me keep that habit. Making your health
and fitness a true priority in your everyday life will show you monumental
gains, not only in a physical sense, but also in your confidence and overall
happiness. Getting a workout in always kind of sucks when you’re just starting,
but, oh it feels so good when you’re done. Being inspired and motivated by your
surroundings, your goals, and your plans, is a huge step in beginning your healthy
lifestyle. But at the end of the day, it’s up to you and your willpower to turn
your motivation into a sustainable habit. That’s the hardest part! But once you
break down that wall and just do it, I have a feeling you’ll never want to look
back. Alrighty guys, I hope you guys enjoyed this video! If you did, make sure
you give it a big thumbs up and subscribe if you haven’t already. And the
comments down below, let me know what your number one tip for
finding that healthy lifestyle motivation is. What really worked for you,
what didn’t, let me know in the comments down below. On this channel, you can
definitely expect to see more healthy lifestyle motivation videos, but also
some food and meal prep videos as well. So if you guys enjoyed it, give this
video a thumbs up, and I will see you guys next time. Bye!

77 thoughts on “Fitness Motivation ๐Ÿ’ช 5 Tips for Getting Motivated to Workout & STAYING Motivated to Workout!

  1. Lol i was just debating if i should workout or not today. Guess i have my answer ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love the video! The footage and editing is ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  2. I have a growing list of video ideas all written out and ready to be filmed! If you have anything you'd like to see, feel free to comment with your favorite ideas, and I can add them to the list! You guys are awesome! โค๏ธ

  3. One way i keep myself most motivated is a motivation board, i hung a cork board in my kitchen and wrote my goals out as well as my before and after pictures to date. That keeps me on track almost always. Another i stay motivated is with reward, like if i can workout x amount of days and maintain my healthy eating i can treat myself. (normally a message or pedicure, there my favorite). Those two things have helped immensely.ย 
    So excited to see what is ahead for this channel, thank you for sharing with us!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Love the pic for this video, looks super professional! Quality of the video is awesome. And finally, I love the content….sketchy supplement sponsor… are exactly right. Keep it up Caty. Great job!

  5. An addition to your habit step. I always have a "backup plan" so if I plan to run at like 9 am on a certain day and for some reason I can't – sore knees, pouring rain, or I am just not into it, have a backup plan so you do you don't just skip it, like a quick kettle bell workout or something….

  6. I love the google planning idea! I always write it down somewhere but seem to lose track and that is such a more organized method haha. Also I have started going to yoga classes they offer on base and I absolutely love it! (Not naked though)๐Ÿ˜‚ My tip is probably an obvious one but it is just to be persistent. Back home I was going to college, working a job, and still found time to go to the gym. Starting working out is always the hardest part; those first couple of weeks. After I got into the routine of it though it started to become something I really enjoyed and it was a way I was able to release stress from work or school.

  7. Hi Caty! I've been enjoying your videos for awhile now and it has kept me motivated not only physically but also mentallyโœจ.

    I got to admit, it has been difficult for me to start a new healthy lifestyle and staying fit in general. But after watching your videos, I am more determined and inspired to continue being healthy despite the obstacles I will have to face.

    I loveee your videos & I hope you continue making more of them to be a role model to people like me โ˜บ๏ธ

    And as a video suggestion, could you please do a beginner workout routine or a beginner workout guide for us beginners๐Ÿ˜…? I've always wanted to start working out but whenever I do, I am lost and do not know what I am doing nor whether it's right or wrong. Therefore, you could be a big help to me and others who are in the same position as me๐Ÿ˜„.

    Thank you! ๐Ÿ’œ

  8. My number one tips is also to treat it as a job! And on top of that, having healthy meals already planned out and ingredients bought (so that way I don't resort to just eating something quick and unhealthy)

  9. caty ย you are awesome! been watching you videos for a while! my husband just left for basic training, and i want to look good for his graduation. Your videos are always so motivating!

  10. I watch youtube instead of regular tv…..believe me I've seen a lot of great videos and a lot of bad ones. You have great talent for this! I love your style of editing and I think you should really pursue being a YouTuber! I wish you had more videos ๐Ÿ˜Š

  11. As a tip I would recommend a gps watch. That way you can track your pace in real time. I would recommend the Amazfit Pace($100). You'll get more value from your money… As far as increasing your running speed 60&120 and hill sprints will help you alot.

  12. What inspired me to get out there and walk almost every day was getting the news that my blood sugar was high and my cholesterol was high and I have pre-diabetes. If I don't do something I'll have diabetes soon. I don't want to have to do insulin shots if I don't have to. So, the next morning I started out with a short 10 min walk around the little block near my house. Did that again that afternoon. Did that for a week, twice a day. Went a bit farther the next week, twice a day. Got MyFitnessPal on my phone. Got a Garmin activity monitor as a gift from my brother who was worried about my health. I'm now doing at least 30 mins walks a few times a week with some 1 to 2 hour walks in the large natural park nearby to our area. I have walking poles to help myself over the roots, rocks and gravel that I might trip on. Music helps on the shorter, neighbourhood walks. My husband helps on some walks to give somebody to talk to and share things with. But it's a case of, if I don't do it, I will pay for it with my long term health consequences. That's motivation enough. Sometimes you just need a huge wake up call like that. I'm 249 lbs now, down from 265 lbs 8 weeks ago. So, it's coming off. Eating well, feeling healthy and happy. I sleep better, my eczema on my back has cleared up, my numbness in my feet and toes has gone away, I can walk up the stairs without huffing and puffing and I know I'm doing the right thing. Good on you for helping show us it can be fun to get out there and get motivated. Keep up the good work!! Maybe a video about medical conditions that may necessitate exercise or that exercise would really help? And why it'd help.

  13. I absolutely love your editing and the effort you put on your videos… you are one of the best youtubers I have ever seen, and believe me I spend a lot of time on YouTube ๐Ÿ˜‰ keep up the awesome work!

  14. Great video…again. ๐Ÿ™‚ These are great tips. Keeping motivational signs or prompts all around me really helps me. I have to change them out often but that keeps me on my toes as well. I also have to have it on paper and physically put a check mark on each workout I complete.

  15. Personal trainer was my biggest positive pro active step, they sat down and did and entire 12 months challenge. I joined a 24/7 gym so I could get a workout in when things got crazy

  16. Hahaha you and Jenna Fischer from "the office" have the same voice, great video and great tips. U're awesome lady โค๏ธ

  17. this is exactly what I'm looking forโค I love to watch videos like this because it keeps me motivated but then, I found and I feel like I should really start over again and try not to fail as possibly as I can๐Ÿ˜Š thank you for making this videos, I LOVE YOUโค๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ

  18. I have tried jogging multiple times in the past but I never continued doing it. After watching this video (and installing the Couch to 5K app (which is absolutely brilliant) about two hours ago I now find myself feeling energetic after my first run in ages. Each time I have started jogging earlier I have been motivated, but I never felt the motivation this strong. Thank you!

  19. Hey guys! First of all, I'm SO happy that so many of you found this video helpful! Second of all, there are more videos like this to come, so if you haven't subscribed already, feel free to do so! โค๏ธ If you're curious about my day-to-day life as well, I invite you to come on over to my vlog channel and hang out! Things are about to be changing like crazy in my personal life (moving, new jobs, and just a fresh chapter in my life), so those vlogs are going to be a roller coaster for sure. You can check out the vlog channel here:


  20. What really helped being motivated is trying to get fitter for the sports I play so I could become better and also because of that it helped with my weight which gave me a self sense of achievement

  21. I like you and your videoโค. "Loking at workouts and eating as a job" knocked me hard. I needed it badly โ˜บ Thanks a lot.

  22. Great motivational video again, Caty! I loved your summary words that motivated me the most and the music fits top notch. But whom am I telling this: You know your craft. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Greetings from Germany!

  23. Hey I recently found your channel as a young kid and teen I loved running I've won medals in competitions in first place and used go be faster running in school as growing up and leaving school early I don't do it often unless I'm chasing after my nephew or an emergency I'm a husky owner so I'm always on walks and even do urban mushing but my girl got out the other night an a ran to get the dig whistle and I acatully sprinted for the first time in ages and it felt good I'm a been a smoker for about 3 years bit surprising don't really effect me as much as you would think. But most times I find it easy to run in the dark I don't know why I'm not tired etc but sometimes during the day I just feel like crap and can't run so it's confusing. Also the thing is I'm have anxiety and few other things and I find it awkward if I pass someone while running but I don't want to :). Also do you have a dog ? If you can make a video of you runing with your dog and tips etc or just anything I think it may help I don't see any new videos or really any at all with running with there dogs etc ๐Ÿ™

  24. @Caty Iโ€™m new to watching you and getting good pointers. Just got my DOT physical today and Iโ€™m down 30 pounds in 2 months from just walking & watching my diet.

    Suggestion… lose the earbuds & get AIRPODS!!! Omg great sound, long battery life & no FN wire getting in your way!

  25. You motivated me to run once (30 mins) per week, now also workout twice (30 mins) per week! I am slim and I easily get tired doing my job (I'm a violin student). I realized I need more and stronger arm muscles to be able to bear the 3-hour daily practicing without getting injured, so I watch your video to motivate myself, like previously with running.

  26. I'm so glad I found your channel. I'm completely new to this world and you shared some good tips and incites.

  27. Nailed it girl! ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved everything about it. It's practical, fun and to the point! And you m'lady, you Rock! /

  28. i look for motivation each new week and here i am in my 8th week of going to the gym and working out two hours a day ๐Ÿ™‚

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