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How To Stay Motivated

One of the biggest challenges that I hear over and over is about staying motivated. During these recent times of having to Shelter in Place has made it even more difficult. For many, meeting friends for a workout was WHAT motivated them to do it and stick with it. I get it-- this works for me too.

So, yes, motivation over the past couple of months has been a challenge for everyone, but let’s be honest-- motivation can be hard to find at any time. It is known that motivation of any sort-- whether for business goals, family goals, dieting goals, and of course, fitness goals requires one strong mindset and super-focused dedication. 

Now, I want to be clear. You may have a day when it just isn’t happening and THAT IS OK. I wrote in my book, 8 Ways of Being, How To Motivate Yourself To Live Happy and Free Every Day, that it is OK to be that way or feel that way, but it’s not OK to stay that way-- a phrase that has inspired me and helped me to accept the tough days and to use it to power me up for a better ME the next day. What a great way to use those feelings! 

Here is the best par-- with practice, motivation can actually become a natural part of you. Imagine that! Imagine living a life filled with way more motivation than you ever thought possible. Even more, is that your motivation turns into energy! Yes-- for anyone that struggles with energy-- motivation, in and of itself, can become your energy. 

I know you’re wondering just how DO I practice motivation? Remember that mention of mindset earlier? Yep, it’s a choice. You have to reprogram your brain to think the way you want to think and it is 100% possible-- I know this because I have been practicing it for years. 

As I noted, motivation applies to everything in your life, but let’s focus on fitness. I want to share a few tips to help you get that motivation into your daily life. 

Tip #1: Understand what your WHY is. Why are you doing this? Why do you want to do it and how is it going to help you? Your WHY should be something that creates an emotional connection such as “I want to feel better so that I can take care of my family.”. Every time you start to look the other way, go to these thoughts. Take a few minutes to write them down. Put notes in different places where you will see them and have motivational reminders to fill your thoughts. 

Tip #2: Make a plan: Decide the day before, or even the week before, what your plan is going to be for the next day or week. I like planning by the week, and because of that, I have a nice rhythm that requires little thinking. It is a natural part of my each and every day. And remember that even if you can’t go to your favorite gym, studio or spa, you can still workout. We have some great workouts on our Instagram IGTV found here as well as our YouTube. You can take these workouts anywhere and that means --NO EXCUSE.

Tip #3: Find an Accountability Partner: Who can you share your plan with? It can be a coach, a friend or your partner. Find an online coach or reach out to us for private consultation and expert coaching. Whatever you choose, make it happen and commit consistently. It truly helps. 

Tip #4: Meet up with friends: Once the world allows more face to face engagement, meet friends. One of the best motivators is knowing that your friend will be waiting for you. You would never want to leave them hanging-- right? Make plans. It’s awesome and a great way to build relationships. 

Tip #5: Commit to YOU. You are worth every ounce of self-care. Do it. When you feel better, you are able to give back and handle those tough days even better. They are less intense. Seriously, it works. 

I hope you are motivated! You CAN do this. 

Much love,

Kyra

Asst. Fitness Director, Motivational Speaker, Author and Life and Mindset Coach

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