5 motivational tips to get into a fitness routine

 Well hello to you my reader chums! I'm a big fan of working out, I used to love going to the gym after work most days and having that energised feeling once I worked really hard. When the first lockdown hit, the home workouts came into play and I fell in love with them, as it gave me a sense of normality each day.

In the second lockdown, I lost my motivation and really suffered with my mental health that I knew I needed to get back into fitness. Working out is one of those things that really helped my anxiety and keep my mind at bay. I then began utilising the daily walk ruling, and, started creating a workout routine schedule in a bid to get fitter.

5 motivational tips to get into a fitness routine

Whether you're looking to get fitter or have some sort of routine back, here are 5 motivational tips to get into a fitness routine.

Start off small

You don't have to go from zero to a hundred straight away otherwise, you'll burn yourself out but it'll also deter you from working out. The best thing to do is start small and then increase your workouts in terms of length or intensity, and over time they can get harder/longer.

Everyone has different levels of what's a little amount of working out and what's a lot, and it's down to you how you begin that process. I've been starting with a dance/hit workout, abs, and arms. Each stage of this workout has gradually gotten longer over time, and with the arms, I've increased the strength of resistance bands. As you increase intensity and length, your fitness and stamina will grow, and your motivation too.

Set a time each day to workout

One of the best ways to implement a workout into your day-to-day life is to have it a part of your normal routine. I have a time window in my day when I'm going to do my workout, either an hour or two before dinner or after, depending on what I'm doing that day.

Set a time window and add it to your to-do list each day/most days and then by writing it down and slotting it in, you'll feel more obliged to get on with the workout. And, you'll feel fab afterward.

Have a plan of what area to work on

Fitness and workout routine is a wide spectrum and there are lots of different areas you can focus your routine on, whether it's legs, arms, abs, cardio or more. Similar to how you plan when you do your workout, it's also important to plan the purpose of your workout - and try to change it up most days to keep it entertaining.

I love to start off with cardio and have been really enjoying dance workouts on Youtube. They're usually packed with songs to sing along to so the workouts go really fast and are a lot more enjoyable than cycling on a bike machine. I'll then focus on abs a lot of the time too or arms/legs. If you have a goal of what to get out of each workout then you'll have more motivation to do it. Plus, picking workouts you enjoy will also really help spur you on. 

Take progress pictures

We all work out for different reasons; some to lose weight, some to tone up but for a lot of us to build our fitness levels. Whatever it is, I've found taking photos of when I work out to be motivating as over time, whether that's a few weeks or a month, hopefully, I'll be able to see a difference - and then, it'll be so accomplishing seeing the progress. And, feeling that progress too in terms of growing my fitness level.

Buy cute gym wear 

Working out is an excuse to treat yourself to a pair or two of gym wear so you can look and feel good when you're working out. Whether it's a new pair of leggings or a sports bra, it'll give you the motivation to continue to keep working out. I love wearing gym stuff as it's so comfy but it also makes me feel motivated to work out more - and will look fab in your progress pictures.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What other motivating tips do you have?

Thank you for reading <3

65 comments

  1. Great tips to get you motivated! Hopefully you are getting back into your workout routine. I would like to say that having an injured foot is keeping me form exercising, but that would be a lie 😂...need to follow your tips to get back into it!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh bless you, I feel that - it took me a while to get back into the mindset of exercising to be honest xx

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  2. These are great tips to stay motivated! It's been so hard for me over the winter to stay motivated - it's not fun going out for a run when it's dark! But now that the days are getting lighter I'm feeling more motivated to get out. I always go at the same time so that's a really big help, and I love the idea of taking progress pictures! Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much! Yess, it's so much easier when it's lighter outside to get motivated xx

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  3. These are great tips and I need to start doing more workouts. I tend to start off well and then stop pretty soon but I think slotting it into my day and writing it into my to-do list will help as I know I'll want to tick it off!

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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  4. These are great tips. Taking photos is really helpful to see how far you've come without even realising it.

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  5. This is such a helpful post! I've been struggling with motivation block through the lockdown... I think I'm going to start by aiming for a step goal.

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  6. These are great ways to get into fitness Della, setting a workout time is a great idea! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  7. These are all great tips. I have recently completely changed my diet and I am eating so much healthier and feeling so much better for it the next thing I need to do is start a fitness routine so these tips are perfect for me.

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    1. Thank you! Well done you, I'm glad these tips helped xx

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  8. I found that getting into a routine and doing my exercises at the same time each day has really helped — your tips are great as I’m still getting used to being organized about my fitness!

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  9. Wonderful tips! I very much needed this!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  10. New and cute gym wear is a definite get me out of the house. I can swear by that one!

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  11. These are such helpful tips! I seriously need to get into the swing of working out instead of just saying I'm going to do it!

    Katy | www.katystephenson.com | www.thegrownupsclub.com

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  12. This is so helpful, I really need to get moving again but it feels like such a big task, splitting it into smaller chunks sounds much easier. I also love the idea of dance workouts so will absolutely check them out.

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    1. Thank you so much! They're honestly really fun xx

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  13. Cute and comfy gym gear is my best way to feel motivated. I also try to work out at the same time every day to keep it really regimented!
    Rosie

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    1. I'm glad you do a few of the same things as me and it works!

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  14. These are all great tips! I think what motivated me more to start working out was the sense of routine it gave during the day and my mental health. It helped so much to release any anxiety and stress! The excuse of gym wear always helps! Thank you for sharing x

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  15. I wish, wish, wish I could get motivated to do some exercise but I never can! But your tip of setting a dedicated time each day is a good one. We've moved the walker outside and now that the weather is getting better, an few early morning sessions could be on the cards! x

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    1. I hope that tip helps you get into it! Thank you xx

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  16. These are all such great tips! I totally agree with starting small, it's something I have a tendency to overlook and it always leads to injuries haha. Buying cute clothes always works too xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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  17. This is the motivation I have been needing! I have been struggling to keep fit during lockdown and winter, but I want to get back on track. Great tip about buying cute gym wear, now on my list, thanks for sharing! xx

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  18. I block time out of my work calendar to make sure that I have space to run. Its essential, otherwise I just make excuses or get busy and then its suddenly the end of the day and it hasn't happened.

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  19. My husband and I were just talking about how to find the motivation to work out consistently! Your tips are very timely. We also track our progress in a notebook and on our phones. It helps seeing that we either have or haven't done our workout for the day. Seeing the improvement we've made over time is also very motivating.

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    1. Thank you! That sounds like a great way to stay motivated x

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  20. I do wish I had taken progress pictures when I first started a couple years back! It is not too late to start now, though, as fitness is something that is part of my life. I have started doing pilates every morning and love that it helps me wake up while my evening exercise helps me sleep better.
    Thanks for sharing; motivation is always welcome. :)

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    1. Same here! Oh that sounds brilliant, go you xx

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  21. I really struggle with creating a workout and fitness routine and I think it's definitely because I try to go from doing nothing to doing everything. Really want to start small and start creating a regular routine for myself. Good tip about the taking photographs too as I normally hate taking photos or myself but it's such a good way to actually see progress!

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    1. Thank you so much lovely, I hope the tips help! x

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  22. I needed to read this. I am lacking motivation and got my head in the wrong mindset completely. I get married in December and I know my dress won't fit for sure!

    I was so determined but falling down the stairs almost a month ago has left me not able to do much and it feels like I will never get started but my Knee and ankle are not strong enough to do anything right now. I need to start small, and stop holding myself back because in another month, I'll be closer to my wedding but further from my dream body!

    Great post, thank you for sharing x

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad it helped in some way! You've got this xx

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  23. Ooof. Just getting off the sofa for anything but the little guy during lockdown has been rough. These are excellent tips... Just start the snowball rolling downhill.

    I mean, it's not that hard to make a snowball right?

    Well... Maybe in San Diego...

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  24. This si definitely for me as I am struggling! Help! But I love your last point though! lol

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  25. I love working out! It makes me instantly feel better about myself.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  26. Love these tips, I've been really struggling to get motivated recently so thank you! x

    Megan Elizabeth

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  27. Some handy and practical tips, I liked the idea of taking photos to appreciate the efforts.


    Thanks for sharing. x

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  28. Some great tips you give here. I especially love making progress pictures, it's a great way to keep motivation high!

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  29. Great tips! I really need to get a move on with working out too - thank you!

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  30. To me greatest motivation is having somebody else to do it with, so we can encourage each other not to quite.

    LackaDaisy

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  31. Great tips Della! I too have lacked motivation to workout since the pandemic started. My way of working was always group classes so I miss this dearly. I've been doing dance workouts at home too but I haven't in a while! I'm looking to start a morning routine soon xx

    www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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  32. I definitely agree with having a plan - it makes it SO much easier to stay on track. I would also say to enjoy the process rather than being super focused on a goal, as then it's easier to keep going with it, especially if results are slow (I have to remind myself often as I can be impatient!).

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  33. These are such great post. Since lockdown, my routine hasn't been great but I've really been getting into yoga! I think buying cute clothes is a great way to start the process of getting back into fitness. Thank you for sharing :)

    Em x

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  34. I got so motivated by everything you have posted! You're such an incredible person and thank you for these awesome tips xx

    lenne | lennezulkiflly.com

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