How to Stay Motivated with Exercise

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I was asked to give tips and strategies on how to stay disciplined with exercise. So, here are my 4 ways to keep motivated!

Exercise Motivation 1

1️⃣: choose a goal, write it down, set a timeline, follow a program, tell people!


Pick an an event, race, or challenge – whether it be a mud run, 5k, 10 push ups or an Instagram fitness challenge with an achievable end date. Commit by journaling, letting your friends or family know, creating an accountability page, then research a program that fits your work life balance and start 👍

Exercise motivation 2

2️⃣: change your train of thought regarding exercise – think of it as an act of daily living as opposed to a chore


I’m going to safely assume everyday, most of us, wake up and shower, get dressed, eat, brush our teeth, automatically put on our seatbelt in the car, work, take care of children, etc…or something to this effect. We have to think about exercise exactly as we do our daily tasks, that it’s just a part of life…a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.

If this is a challenge for you regarding time or motivation, begin with an activity that you find enjoyable and is fun. You like nature? Go for a hike. You like music? Try Zumba. Trying to keep up with your kids? Bike 🚴. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning, lunch or at night, Fit it in as if your life depends on it because essentially…it does!

Exercise Motivation 3

3️⃣: practice daily positive affirmations & actions


In order to get motivated to create a goal and get our mindset to believe the goal is worth doing and achievable, we need to work on ourselves to get our minds in the right place.

Everyday we should be practicing positive actions including: healthy eating, meditation, journaling our gratefulness, and/or practicing acts of kindness. When we treat ourselves gently we can then transfer it onto others as equally or far greater.

Perhaps today you’ll sign up for a race that benefits your favorite charity, compete in honor of a friend or loved one, or volunteer some hard labor to those in need. When the deed isn’t about you anymore, these small actions lead to big impacts and, in the world today, I think actions certainly speak louder than words ❤️

Exercise Motivation 4

And finally…

4️⃣: plan to reward yourself when you meet each goal 


You’ve heard keep your eyes on the prize? Well, why not make that a reality?! You’ve worked hard to stay dedicated, spending time and energy, you deserve a little something. Plan a spa day, a night out at your favorite restaurant or new workout gear (like Legend Compression Socks 😉). Then you can stay motivated in your new gear to sign up for your next event!


Summer “Time”

I wanted to quickly recap my day trip to London. I had won an entry to participate in the Virgin Sport British 10k from an Instagram giveaway by @themarathonmarcus.

I was excited to get a little getaway with a shorter distance run while taking in all the attractions of London. At the same time, I was meeting up with a few runners from the Instagram community as well.

I found a cheap flight with Ryan Air and made my way over. After taking a bus into the city at 5:30am, I found I almost had the city to myself. It was quiet, after the Pride celebration, with empty streets. I had an instant moment of tranquility, feeling like I had the place to myself; it was nice thought. It quickly vanished as I made my way to the start of Virgin Sports, who were putting on this event. The win not only got me a bib into the race but we had special VIP treatment as we were assigned a special place with the media center. At the media center, we were allowed to have a meet and greet with Mary Wittenberg, the CEO of Virgin Sports. Her enthusiasm and passion to get a movement of people getting involved in sport was absolutely contagious. She was humble, friendly and made each of us feel like we were making a difference by participating, with a sense of calmness during such an important day that she was directing. I don’t know how she does it but I want to be like her when I grow up!

The race was big with over 12,500 participants filling the streets near Green Park. There were bands and spectators along the entire route which brought us winding through the city and past sites like Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, along the Thames, up past the London eye and Big Ben. And although it was hot, there was shade for the first 5k and bottled water along the course. The best part was the runners I met up with (@themarathonmarcus, @xpatrunner, @runyourmindfree, @confi_x, @jonathan.barr) stuck together. For some, it was a quicker pace and others it was slower but together we made this a fun run!

That’s the best part about running, you can do it for competition and there are times you do it to motivate others. It’s your sport! 

Today I’m relaxing at home with my new kitten, Brady and reveling in the Sunday Funday I had. It inspires me to stay motivated for my marathon training towards Berlin. Time will tell if I set a personal best or not. 

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Post Race Blues. Is that a thing?

3 weeks ago I ran my 8th marathon. For 9 days after I had family in town to occupy my time and help me recover. 10 days later I ran for the first time following the marathon. I’m currently participating in my 2nd week of a combination HIIT (high intensity interval training), weight training, core work with Tony Horton’s 22 minute hard core and 3x run a week. I’m getting a groove back but I’m also feeling like I’m missing something.

I wouldn’t say I’m suffering from depression in my current state. I know this is a medical diagnosis, and actually yes, I was diagnosed by my PCP and treated with medication and psychotherapy in college. Thankfully, I have been off medications since college with self-management of exercise, meditation, and improved nutrition without any setbacks (treatments vary from person to person). Depression is a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors and for some medication is one of the treatments necessary to improve one’s quality of life. However, do I think some physicians know a “little about a lot of things” and over prescribe without getting to the root or seeking out specialists, maybe. But I’m going off topic.

I’m no specialist on sport psychology but I can just tell you my feelings post-race, as a simple blogger. When you set goals for yourself in a competitive nature such as marathon training, you work on that goal anywhere from 16-24 weeks. 3-6 months of your life is a schedule and build-up for a 1 day event. When the time comes and you meet your goal and it’s all over, just like that, and your time is no longer consumed with a plan, I personally feel lost. I’m not sure what to follow next or what my purpose is going forward. (I’m not saying that if I don’t run I don’t have a purpose but as someone who has always exercised it is part of my life, just like eating lunch or going to sleep). I can tell you this feeling occurs after every big race that I have trained for so I typically sign up for another race. So far I haven’t done so, but I probably will and that gives me a light at the end of the tunnel. 

I’m not sure if my feelings and actions are a sense of drive, fear, or addiction, but what I do know is, while I may not love the training, I love the schedule and meeting my goals. Why is my goal to always run? I like to think that it keeps me healthy and it’s something I can do that a lot of others think they can’t but really there is no deep rooted answer other than it gives me something to do. 

Anyone else in the same boat?