Summer has come to an end, which means it’s time to start putting away swimsuits, crop tops, and sundresses until next year (wah 😦 ). For many, summer is a huge motivator for working out, but dedication to fitness and the well-being of our bodies should not disappear along with swimsuit season. Being fit is so much more than just looking good on the beach; it is a lifestyle.
With that being said, it often is hard to find the motivation to work out when you don’t have an immediate goal (e.g. rocking a crop top) to focus on. One thing that really motivates me is getting involved in a fitness program, routine, or community. When I wake up and know exactly what my workout plan is for the day, instead of just going to the gym and winging it, my motivation soars!
Here are four of my favorite fitness programs. Find the one that works best for you!
1. For the girl who finds it hard to stay on track…Tone it Up.
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Karena and Katrina are your fearless fitness leaders! They post weekly and monthly fitness calendars complete with workout videos that are easy and fun to follow. You can even join the Tone it Up (TIU) community on Instagram by posting your healthy meals, workouts, and fitness progress. The TIU community is a great support system and is sure to keep you motivated even on those tough days.
2. For the girl who dreams of having a personal trainer…Nike Training Club.
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NTC is a free app for the iPhone and Android with over 100 full-body workouts created by fitness experts. You can start a program to “Get Lean,” “Get Toned,” or “Get Strong,” or choose between dozens of 15-60 minute workouts that target different areas of fitness. I love using this app at the gym, because it’s like having a virtual personal trainer! A fitness expert talks you through every exercise and when you’re unsure of how to perform a certain move, a video is right there to show you how it’s done.
3. For the busy gals and guys…Fitness Blender.
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Fitness Blender is a website with hundreds of totally free workout videos. Video lengths range from 5 minutes to over an hour and a half and target all areas of fitness (HIIT, toning, strength training, yoga, and more). The workouts require zero to minimal equipment and are great to do at home.
4. For those who want to take their fitness to the next level…Insanity.
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I completed the Insanity program in July of 2013 and let me tell you…it was absolutely insane, and I loved it. Insanity is an intense, high-impact workout program that will have you sweating buckets during the warm up (yes…during the warm-up). I bled, I sweat more than I ever have in my life, and I even cried during a few of the workouts, but I’ve never experienced a better post-workout feeling . I highly recommend this program to those who are really serious about improving their physical fitness and are willing to put time, money, and a LOT of energy into it.
What fitness motivation tips do you have? Share them in the comment section below!