Sometimes, finding something that motivates you can be tough. Having something that you see and it makes you want to take action is just an amazing thing. It fuels you. It keeps you going.

To me, one of my biggest motivation – when it comes to working out – is myself. Because I know what I can do and what I’m good at. It helps knowing things like these ones, because they make you feel good about yourself.

“There’s always room for improvement” is something I try to live by. Especially when it comes to working out. You did 3 sets of 20 squats? Great! Next time try 4 sets! Or try less reps and add weight! Not only does that make your workout more exciting and fun, but it also helps you because you’re constantly trying to push yourself.

I started working out in July 2015. Sadly, I had to stop from October to January though due to a thigh injury. It felt like I was missing something to balance me out again. I had a lot of exams coming up during that time, too and that really wasn’t helping me or my sleeping schedule. (I have to admit that timezones were a big factor when it comes to this as well because I love watching football and hockey and those only happen some time between 12am and 5am for me.)

Seeing progress keeps you going. It motivates you, too. When you start seeing changes in your body and you can finally see that what you’ve been doing has a positive impact on not only your body, but also your mindset.

Everyone has days when they don’t feel like doing anything and that’s okay. You don’t have to workout every day of the week. But don’t let it slide. You didn’t come this far to only come this far. (Yep, casually quoting Tom Brady here.) Consistency is key and even if you aren’t feeling your workout that day, try to push through and try to make working out a habit.

So, just because you’re having a bad day or even a bad week, don’t let that make you feel bad about yourself. Everyone needs a break sometimes, so cut yourself some slack. You’re doing great!

Published by Stefanie Freise