Health & Fitness: How To Get Motivated (And Stay That Way!)

We all start the year with the aim of being healthier, happier and fitter. How long this lasts, however, is varying, and for some it is admittedly not a great length of time. This short lived motivation is evident in the influx of January gym-goers.

I joined the gym three years ago when I was in my first year of Uni, and thanks to my gym bunny friend, I stuck at it and loved it, I went from thinking people who paid £25 per month for a gym membership were insane to trying to convince each one of my none gym attending friends that joining would without doubt improve their lives and they simply had to do it. Having since left uni, moved away from my motivating friend and started full time work, my commitment has at times waned, however, I have found the key to keeping it up lies in the following:

1. Always associate the gym (or whatever your health goal is) with positive things, for example, instead of remembering how bored I got during Body Pump last Tuesday, I think of how good I felt afterwards for having done it, and how the muscle ache the day after improved my mood tenfold because it made me feel like I was one step closer to having Adriana Lima's abs. 

2. Make realistic (and short term) goals. Kinda cliche, but it works. My (kind of) New Years resolution is to go to the gym three times a week, I know this is possible even whilst working full time, because I have done it for the past two weeks with ease - I now have no excuses. I chose three times a week specifically because I knew it was do-able. This is the key to keeping motivated: don't set yourself a goal that is too difficult, if you fail to do it once, you are more likely to give up altogether. 

3. Focus on short term goals. There are many reasons you might want to go to the gym or eat healthier, to lose weight, improve skin health, gain muscle, tone up, improve general health, long term health, well-being... There are so many positives that come out of being healthy, but what you need to focus on is the here and now. In simple terms this means keep your mind focused on what you want from today, when you wake up, don't think 'ugh I need to go to the gym so that I have abs for Ibiza in August', think 'I am going to go to the gym today and complete my routine, then I can chill and feel proud of myself tonight'.

4. Don't make stupid excuses. My main reasons for not going to the gym when I plan to have been along the lines of 'its dark, its late, it's far away, why should I bother, I deserve a break'... Although these things feel like legit excuses at the time, I still without fail feel happier if I push past them and get myself there (probs endorphins). Once you're there it is no big deal, there are other people managing it and you feel so proud of yourself for tackling laziness, making the gym buzz a whole lot better.

5. Stay inspired... Instagram is one of my favourite apps, so I make sure I follow some motivating pages, here are some of my favourites...

 Best for recipes and meal inspiration: DeliciouslyEllaAdmittedly, I rarely make many recipes I find on Insta, but just seeing the yummy looking meals on my feed makes me crave veg.
healthy eating breakfast instagram deliciously ella

Best for making food look pretty and inspiring you to feed your complexion: Cleanskinco
healthy smoothie recipe inspiration blog

Best for nutrition info: Detoxtips
nutrition information and health inspiration instagram blog

Best for abspiration: Fitness_Food_Fashion_ 
exercise and fitness inspiration instagram abs

Best for motivational quotes: Runnersig...
ryan gosling exercise inspiration quote


  1. lovely tips, I recently uploaded a fitness post on my blog too! x

  2. Great tips! I'm currently embarking on an overhaul of my lifestyle to be more healthy, including Slimming World. I'm joining a gym in my new job too, it's in the same building and I can nip for a quick workout at lunchtime - so no excuses!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

  3. NIce! great post!

  4. This is a great post, helped me to rethink how to stay motivated :)

    Anything & Everything

  5. I think focusing on realistic short term goals is so important - once you reach your goals it gives you so much more motivation to reach new goals and carry on going!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  6. It must be realistic or you'll feel like a failure by the end and you'll defeat the point of setting that goal...
    The Fairytale Pretty Picture

  7. Just joined your blog, so good! And I totally agree with these tips, I need to keep reminding them through-out the year haha!


  8. Ive been to the gym once since joining a couple of weeks ago, even the monthly fee im paying isn't enough to get me motivated! I am going to try though and I think three times a week sounds like a realistic goal, as for the excuses I can completely relate, If im too lazy to even get the bus there then I`m probably not going to be able to endure a work out!

  9. Great tips! I need to get fit!
    Alex //