Working out can be hard. As much as I love a good sweat sesh and NEVER regret it after I’m done, just getting myself to do the workout can be the hardest part. There’s nothing wrong with taking a rest day. In fact, it’s wise to rest at least one day a week to avoid burnout and to allow your body to recover so it’s ready to smash your workout the following day. However, if you feel yourself slipping into the vicious cycle of avoiding your workout day after day, then these 5 tips may be what you need to get back on track towards your fitness goals.
Tip #1 Put On Your Workout clothes
When you put on your workout clothes, half of the hard work is done. You now have no excuse to get your booty moving and crush that workout. Too tired to drive to the gym? No problem, find a motivating YouTube video to follow along with and before you know it you’ll have completed your workout. Don’t have a favorite YouTube fitness channel to use? Keep reading. I’ll share with you my top 4 favorite fitness YouTubers that I use for strength workouts, HIIT, Tabata, cardio, and more in Tip #4.
Tip #2 Find An Accountability Partner/Workout Buddy
Working out with a friend can be a game changer! Luke, my husband, is my #1 favorite workout buddy and I’m so thankful I have him to go to the gym with! Not only do we have fun together every time we workout, but I also have a motivator to push me to my limit. AND the best part? He helps me with all the strength training workouts that I feel intimated to try sometimes at the gym when all the buff dudes are mobbing about. It’s a win win deal.
I also love to grab a girlfriend and go to the gym, take a hike, go for a run, or go to a class together. I go to the YMCA and I love that they offer free classes. A few times I’ve grabbed a girlfriend and attended their core strength or TRX classes together. Working out with a gal pal is a great way to get in some friend time while getting a workout in as well.
Tip #3 Do Workouts You LOVE
Unless you are training for something specific, you have the freedom to exercise how you choose! I personally used to make myself do workouts that I did not enjoy and I dreaded doing them. I followed a guide I will not name for about 20 weeks and while it got me good results, I wasn’t loving the workouts or looking forward to them everyday. Every workout seemed to feel the same which caused me to lose motivation after awhile. Because I love being active and I love fitness, this was a major cue to me that something needed to change.
Now, I switch things up often in my workout routine and it helps me to look forward to my workouts. Some days, I love to do a little cardio warm up and then spend the bulk of my workout lifting. Other days, I choose to go for a nice long run and not incorporate strength at all. I do HIIT, plyometrics, lift weights, run, walk, hike, all of it! Make exercise something you truly enjoy! If you’re doing a fitness program, guide, or workout plan that is taking away your love for working out, then switch it up. Keep your love for fitness alive and you will be much more likely to stay on track with your workouts.
Tip #4 Use YouTube to Switch Up Your Workout Routines
I would be so lost in the fitness world if it weren’t for some of my favorite fitness channels on YouTube. I started using YouTube videos for workouts at home and at the gym about 2 years ago and it has truly changed the way I look at fitness.
Back in the day, I attended a private middle school and high school so I was able to participate in any sport I wanted basically because of our smaller student body. I did sports almost every season of the school year and never felt a need to workout beyond the training we did at practice.
However, my sophomore year in high school, I was not happy with my weight so I decided it was time to get healthy and exercise more. I joined track and field solely for the purpose of getting in shape and I started running. A lot. I ran 6 miles every single day for 365 days. I did not miss a single day. That was my goal and I conquered it. Looking back, I’m pretty amazed with myself that I stuck to my goal but sadly enough I thought running my booty off was my only hope to slim down.
Now, I still incorporate cardio in my workouts but that’s definitely not all I do. Like I shared above, I enjoy doing a variety of workouts and have found that strength training combined with HIIT (high intensity interval training) has not only been the most effective type of workouts for my goals but also has been the most enjoyable. I no longer have to run miles on end every day to stay fit and to me that is a beautiful thing.
Okay I’m sure you’re all ready for me to stop rambling now and share my favorite free YouTube channels with you so you can also find amazing workouts 🙂 So here ya go:
Christine Salus: For strength, HIIT, and Tabata workouts, Christine Salus is your go to girl. She has a wide variety of workouts; short, long, high impact, low impact, Tabata, HIIT, strength, cardio, upper body strength, lower body strength, literally everything. Most of them are HARD, but she suffers along with you, which makes me feel a million times better cause I know if she’s dying it’s a good workout and there’s a reason I’m dripping with sweat. Lol.
Whitney Simmons: Whitney Simmons is good YouTuber to follow for SIMPLE recipes (I’m all about simple when it comes to cooking) and snack ideas for macro fitting meals and snacks if you’re a macronutrient counting eater like I am, as well as tonssss of strength and HIIT videos. Her video’s are mainly for use at a gym, which I find so helpful because I used to be so lost in the gym. Now I have numerous weight-lifting workouts I use in the gym that I got from watching her videos. She’s awesome.
HASfit: I found this channel only a couple of months ago but so far have loved it for when I am doing an at-home workout using my dumbbells and kettlebell. HASfit is a wife and husband duo with literally tons of strength training videos on their channel that are perfect for any level of fitness. The wife, Claudia, always shows the modified versions of each move so if you are new to strength training, but are interested in trying it out, these videos are perfect for you. They have beginner level workouts, as well as workouts that have me wishing I were dead halfway through, but of course I’m always feeling SO good and accomplished by the end 😉
Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up: Finally, if I’m looking for a short but effective workout to squeeze in on a busy day, I love Karena and Katrina’s YouTube channel, which you can find here. They are the founders of Tone It Up, and have a solid amount of free YouTube workouts that are shorter versions of their longer Tone It Up workouts you get when you buy their program. I’m cheap and just use the free workouts they provide, but they work great! 🙂 The girls also have a ton of recipe ideas and other types of fun fitness and health themed videos on their channel.
Tip #5 Don’t push yourself too hard
This one is a little tricky because when I say don’t push yourself too hard, I don’t mean skip your workout for weeks on end because you are tired and don’t want to push yourself. Pushing yourself in fitness is important because that’s how you get stronger and yield results! BUT… there comes a time in everyone’s fitness journey when they need REST. And I’m not talking about a solid rest day because you should be taking at least one rest day every single week already.
What I’m talking about is when you’ve been doing the fitness grind for months on end and it seems to lose the excitement or joy. It’s becoming more of an “I have to” rather than an “I want to”. There is nothing wrong with taking several days off until you are “itching” to get a good workout in again. Now, this is what works for ME, and what I have experienced, and you may be thinking I’m on some other planet right now because you are NEVER itching to get a good workout in. And that’s okay, maybe this tip doesn’t apply to you. But maybe it does! And if so, taking a small break to revitalize your love and desire for working out again could be just what you need.
I hope these tips have been helpful to you if you have been in a workout rut lately. If nothing else, at least hopefully you have some fun new fitness channels to watch and learn from on YouTube. Give this post a like if it was helpful to you, leave a comment if you feel so led, and have a fantastic rest of your week! Get outside and do something active! 🙂