How to Stay Motivated with Exercise & My Fitness Plan









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Sometimes fitness and exercise seems like the last thing to have time for in your busy day. Today I wanted to share some ways to get motivated with your fitness, even for those of you with the busiest schedules. Whether you're just starting out or struggling to keep active this can be helpful for you: 

1. Self-identify your reasons for wanting to increase your fitness/activity level. There are always a million and a half reasons to not do something, find the one reason why you NEED to do it. Is it to become healthier, fit into clothes better, to improve self-esteem? If you can identify why you want to be more active in the first place, you can determine how important it is for you to commit. 

2. Make it a priority. If that means less TV watching, meal prepping on weekends rather than weeknights to free up evenings ( I do this), find something less important in your daily life and make this a priority over that. Remember only you have the power to change your lifestyle and routine and only you can motivate yourself enough to reach those goals.

3. Find something that you like to do rather than something you dread. If you enjoy your workout,  you’re that much more likely to stick with it. For me that’s Zumba. I dance 3-4x/ week for my cardio and fitness and I feel guilty anytime I miss a class because I love it so much. It doesn’t feel so much like a chore because it’s become more of a hobby for me rather than something I HAVE to do.

4. Find a workout buddy. This could be a friend or family member.  If you find someone who has similar fitness goals as you or that you can workout with regularly,  you’re that much more likely to exercise because you have someone to be accountable to. 

5. Join a class. There is something about being in a class that brings out the competitive side of me which pushes me to get the most out of my workout. If you have a competitive personality, you may find a group workout setting to be much more motivating than being by yourself. For those of you that are hesitant to try something out of your comfort zone (like Zumba),  take a trial class. Many gyms offer free days for your to test the class before you commit.

My Typical Week of Exercise
Mon
Tues
Weds
Thus
Fri
Sat
Sun
Zumba
Zumba Toning (Use of  light weights while dancing)
High Intensity Interval training 
(Heavy barbell lifting + cardio for muscle development)
Zumba toning (Use of  light weights while dancing)
Night off
Power class
(Heavy Barbell class)
High Intensity Interval training 
(Heavy barbell lifting + cardio for muscle development)

I aim for 5-6 days of exercise per week because I crave daily fitness.  It is my 1 hour a day to clear my mind completely and let go of any stress I may have. You don't need to exercise as frequently either. Some find that 3 days a week is enough to get them the results they want.  It all depends on what you're trying to achieve. 

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT CANNOT GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND HAVE VERY LIMITED TIME IN A DAY THIS MAY BE YOUR ALTERNATIVE:

On days that are extremely busy where I can’t get to the gym, the hubby and I complete a home-based 30 minute high-intensity work out called Insanity Max 30 by Beach Body (shop here). If you’re looking for something to kick your butt in a short period of time or for those of you on a constant time crunch, this is definitely the work out for you! Warning: this is a very intensive program, so you may want to start with something easier (like Focus T25 or Cize) if you're just starting your fitness regime. 

If you have any questions let me know in the comments below!




This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are my own. 

67 comments

  1. Nice post! Joining a class is always fun for me and motivation for me to get up and go work out haha

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    1. Oh me too babe! It really keeps you accountable!

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  2. WOW, you are so dedicated and it shows! These are all really great tips. It can be so hard to stick to routines when you're as busy as we all are, but it is so important to make time for fitness!

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    1. Thank you babe! I know how you feel. It's just become as routine as eating or going to work, something that needs to be apart of my daily routine <3

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  3. I'm am so with you, I love to exercise and it is such an important part of my day. Having a set allocated time everyday helps me to ensure my workout gets done! I have never tried Zumba but do LOVE to do Konga (another dance based exercise) at least once a week, it is so much fun!
    You look amazing by the way!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

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    1. I've never heard of Konga before! But if it's anything like zumba, I'm sure I'd love it!

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  4. Great post my dear, I'm doing exercises twice per week only.. You look fantastic in this sporty outfit :-)

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    1. Thanks babe. Twice is awesome babe, anything you can fit in is great!

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  6. Loving your tips! I think for me it will in house work out for a little while since I have a 2 months old. I'm slowly starting to work out by taking long walks and doing soft exercises recommended by my physiotherapist. I'll have to wait for intense exercises since I had a c-section!
    Love your activewear look!
    Thanks for inspo.

    With Love,

    Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

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    1. Oh yes, you definitely want to make sure you heal before you start with anything intense. Walks a great for now and once you've been cleared you can start doing some light exercise again =) You look so fab! Can't believe you just had a baby!

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  7. Un buen calzado y las prendas adecuadas siempre motivan a la realización de un deporte, tu lo llevas todo el calzado las mallas que me encantaron y como no la actitud, estás guapísima. Un fuerte beso.
    http://meryofstyle.blogspot.com.es/

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  8. You look gorgeous babes and your work out regime sounds good! I love zumba, I dot go to gym often but my boyfried and I love walking for hours in nature :)

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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    1. Long walks outside are so relaxing, you barely feel like you're exercising because it's so enjoyable!

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  9. You look gorgeous, such a pretty doll! Thanks for your tips, I really need to motivate myself and begin work out!
    Have a nice day :)

    www.stayclassi.com

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    1. Thank you babe! All you need to do is start, that's half the battle =)

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  10. Girl, you have an amazing body! I also love your workout clothes. I didn't know AdoreMe has this! I should try out your workout schedule!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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    1. Aw thanks babe! And yes they do, it's a new thing!

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  11. Such a great post and very inspiring, loved it xx

    mylifeasmarinaa.blogspot.com

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  12. Great tips, thx for sharing. You look totally cute today.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  13. Great post! One thing that always keeps me going and works if you are competitive is to sign up for a race. You might start with a 5km race and then one day discover yourself tackling amazing challenges like Ironman triathlons.

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    1. Thanks for the idea Angie, I'm just not a very good runner =P

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  14. Great post and nice activewear outfit! x
    Trend-Mae

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  15. You have such a disciplined schedule, lady! Love it!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  16. Love the mesh panels on the pants! Sounds like a great routine!

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com

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  17. Dang lady! As a personal trainer, you put me to shame haha. I try to aim for 3-4 days at the gym. Unfortunately, a few years ago I totally burnt myself out by going 6-7 days a week and eating virtually nothing. Now I aim for a balanced life. It's so great that you love what you do and you can make it to the gym! It's definitely not easy for a lot of people. Making it a priority like paying a bill or cleaning your house is really one of the best ways to make it work. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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    1. That's smart babe! You definitelty don't want to burn yourself out, it's so unhealthy. Lately, this number has decreased to 4-5x per week just because of the business of my current schedule. Also Ifind it harder to start motivated when it's always so dark and gloomy!

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  18. I prefer doing martial arts as an exercise!
    Love the post!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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    1. Thats great babe! Probably doesn't even feel like work because you enjoy it!

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  19. Loving these tips. I've gotten off the wagon for a while but there's no excuse but to prioritize! I take Orange Theory classes so I'm finally taking a class today to get back into it. Couldn't be a better tie to read a post like this. Thanks, and keep it up!

    xo JenLax
    http://laxmilifestyle.com

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    1. That's awesome babe! Onnce you get back into a routine again it will feel that much easier to go regularly <3

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  20. Very stylish, healthy, athletic and healthy! Great!

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  21. Wow, you have my body goals. How can you be so fit like that

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

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    1. Aww thanks babe! Exercise and eating healthy (during the weekdays) =P

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  22. how lucky you're to have body like that :))) good job!!!

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    1. It takes a bit of hard work and dedication my love xoxo

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  23. Great post!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

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  24. Such wonderful tips !
    I love your sportwear, the items are so beautiful !
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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  25. Damn!! Hands down to you for being so fit and regular about it! Lovely tips you share too, definitely some that I need to improve on. I walk for almost an hour daily, but would love mix it up a bit with different activities. I do prefer when one works out without being aware of it, like bicycling, soccer or tennis. Definitely gotta improve on that area! Such a great tips too to have a buddy to do it with, hahah gotta find one.

    Thank you for sharing babe, hope you're having a lovely week! Xx
    www.thefashionfolks.com

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    1. Yes, it's so much easier to stick with it if it doesn't feel like going for dreadful exercise.

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  26. Wow you are so regular with the exercises. Your body is perfect and fit!
    Wish you a great Wednesday!
    hugs
    Dili
    New post: http://www.milanotime.net/dressfashion-prom-and-event-dresses/

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  27. I go to the gym everyday. It's my life and honestly we should all practise exercise everyday.
    Amazing
    a sweet kiss
    Sara M.
    http://sarameirelesthesnowwhite.blogspot.pt/

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    1. I agree love! Props to you for going daily!

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  28. I do barre, pilates and heavy weights and I love to keep switching things up and keep it fun!


    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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  29. wow you look so amazing!! I also love Zumba classes, your schedule looks like something I would be way into!

    www.prettyinleather.net

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  30. First of all, your body is goals my dear Rina (not to mention your style!) :)
    Amazing tips and motivation post. I usually workout 5 times a week. I used to do only yoga and jogging, but lately I discovered that I enjoy more different types of exercise each day. So now I do crossfire, yoga, pilates and 2 cardio programs per week and it's much more fun and interesting. But when I am in mykonos, where I live, I do jogging out in the nature and a lot of sup! :D That's the benefit of living on an island!
    Thanks so much for sharing and have an amazing weekend! <3
    Love,
    Stella
    www.stellaasteria.com

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    1. That's so awesome Stella! Having that beautiful background would definitely give me motivation to exercise regularly, especially Mykonos! Thanks for your sweet words!

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