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Get into a fitness groove

I’ve been in a workout drought lately and am going to be posting some motivational posts to help myself, and hopefully others get into a fitness groove.

You may never have worked out before. Or you stopped or slowed down because of other commitments. Maybe you’ve had a health setback, or you just worked out because you knew it was good for you but were never really into it. I’m terrible at working out on my own. I need a trainer to keep my motivation high. I travel a lot, and it’s hard to maintain, so I have to look for different ways of getting into a workout groove. Over time I’ve figured out how to do it.

See if any of the following tips will help to get your workout motivation to an all-time high.

Stay vertical as much as possible. 

Don’t lie down when you can sit. Don’t sit when you can stand and don’t stand when you can move. Each one burns more calories than the first option. Eventually, these little tweaks will become ingrained, and you will instinctively want to move.

Do something fun. 

If you hate the gym, or the thought of weights or the treadmill make you yawn, do something you’ll enjoy. It will help you stick with it in the longer run. There are endless options, including dancing, swimming, boxing, yoga, Crossfit, Zumba, Pilates, and spinning. See what’s available in your area that may be of interest to you.

Walk away from stress. 

Instead of sitting down for coffee or tea, try going for a stress-relieving and energizing walk. If you don’t like walking by yourself, try convincing someone to join you.

Schedule it into your day. 

Set aside the time to workout and stick to your schedule. Let others know about it so that they try not to disturb you.

Attempt to exercise at roughly the same time each day. Once working out becomes a habit, you’ll get used to it, and your body will be receptive. It will make it easier to keep the pattern going.

Change your routine. 

If you’re in a rut with your workout of choice, try doing something different. For example, instead of running try pilates. Are you bored with spinning? Give boxing a try. If you find doing something new intimidating, check it out first to see if it’s for you. The change can keep things fresh and your attitude about fitness positive.

Keep a progress chart. 

Reminding yourself of what you’ve done is excellent motivation to keep going. It also helps you establish a pattern.

Set realistic goals. 

Not meeting goals can end motivation. Make sure you set targets you can achieve. Check out our Smart Objectives Template to help you set appropriate fitness goals.

Get a workout inspiration buddy. 

Do things with friends and try to match or outlast their total participation time. Don’t measure who is stronger or faster, but establish a friendly rivalry over your commitment.

Find a personal trainer. 

If it’s in your budget, a trainer can help you meet your goals, get you motivated and help you avoid injury. It’s essential to find someone who will partner with you and won’t push you into things you can’t handle. Also, find someone you can establish and maintain a good relationship.

Try to avoid getting injured. 

Nothing can deter you more than getting sidelined by an injury. Try not to exercise the same muscle groups two days in a row. Stretch to relieve muscle tightness. Make sure your form is correct and don’t attempt more than you can handle.

Make it more exciting. 

If you get bored while you’re exercising, try boosting the interest level. For example, use music, vary the tempo of your workout or do your workout in a different location.

Adjust when things come up. 

If something happens and things become so hectic that you can’t get in your standard block of fitness time, try splitting it into smaller and more frequent portions of time. You’ll still get benefits.

Congratulate yourself for your efforts. 

Give yourself credit when you meet a goal and don’t criticize yourself if you miss one.


  1. This is so good! I am training for my first 5km charity run next month and these tips are really helpful and non-judgemental. Thank you!

  2. Great Post! I love taking daily walks to keep me away from stress and keep my energy levels up.

    1. Author

      Thanks so much! Thanks for sharing what works for you too. Enjoy your day!

  3. Taking a walk is one of the major keys in my day. Keeps me away from stress and keeps my energy levels up to stay productive. Get post!

  4. I have been feeling the same. What made me come back is finding some inspiration online and giving myself a pep talk

    1. Author

      I have no idea what happened to my reply to this so if it’s a double reply sorry! Thank you for sharing. Your comment is actually my motivation today. I wasn’t feeling like getting to the gym but reading your comment gave me the extra push. Thank you!!

      1. No problem thanks for checking out my post. Good to hear !!!

  5. You have written a very informative post! I really like your post! Thanks for the value offered here❤ Great work ❤ Keep it Up!!!

  6. Great tips Sam! Fitness has always been a big part of my life but feel at times its hard to stay in the grove of things. Something that I have also been doing is writing my workouts in advance so I have an established plan for when I am there!

    1. Author

      Thanks so much! That’s a great idea; I have to try that, especially these days, Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great evening!

  7. Your tips are motivating….. It’s amazing

  8. Thanks for sharing these great tips! I’ve never thought of using a progress chart for tracking my workouts. However, I do love having a gym buddy, it really sparks my motivation. I like what you said about changing up your workout routine, I think it’s important so you find yourself excited to go to the gym but I find it hard sometimes to think of new activities myself. Do you have any suggestions for potential classes or things I could pick up on my own?

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      Thanks so much for your comment! I would say ballet (but I wrote a post where I listed it as the greatest workout of all …. so I’m biased :), boxing is something I want to try. For classes I look for total body workouts so I’m not much into spinning but I know a lot of people that love that class. Yoga or Pilates I find to be great in a class setting as well as alone. I find it hard to self motivate sometimes so my advice for on your own is limited to what I can force myself to do alone. HIIT I do at home; I found some good exercises online that can be done at home and just follow. The same with yoga and Pilates, all you need is a mat and can follow along online. I hope some of these are helpful! Thank you again for your comment, have a wonderful day!

  9. This post is a great motivator to erase the workout inertia!

  10. Excellent advice. I use a few of these. I think SMART objectives are a great way to track your progress

  11. Great motivational post! A personal trainer I find helps push me further than I would on my own and also because I’m paying, I tend to not miss appointments! lol

  12. I always find your fitness tips really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Great read! Scheduling has been one of the biggest keys for me to stay in my groove. I schedule 30-60 minutes first thing every morning. If it’s the first thing I do I cannot skip it!

    1. Scheduling your priorities is always effective!

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