Sunday, July 1, 2018

How To Get Into A Fitness Routine & Stay Motivated.

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I always admired those girls who live to workout. Those kinds of girls who seem like it's second nature to them to get up early to get that 10K in before work and then hit the gym after. Well, that's not me. For me finding the motivation to workout is pretty hard. I may be lucky because I am quite good at being disciplined, but that doesn't mean that I actually enjoy an hour of sweating in the gym when I all I want to do is binging Netflix (I currently love Dynasty.. have you watched it?). So I have to be prepared in order for me to secure that those Netflix nights don't take over my life and I actually get my but moving... occasionally. 

Schedule 
If you are looking for only one thing to take away from this post, let it be this. Schedule your workout in as if it's an appointment. Do not wait for a timeslot to suddenly appear. This won't happen. Even if you have all the time in the world you will always find something 'more important' to do than working out. So I suggest you sit down on a Sunday and schedule your workouts for the week ahead. 

Treat yourself
I don't know if this is only a thing that women do, but I heard this a lot from others and it certainly helps me. Treat yourself! Treat yourself to some new workout clothes, some new trainers or some new earphones. I am always so much more motivated when I invested money in my new gym kit. It's too pretty and fun to just lay around. I recently got some new earphones from Sudio. These are completely wireless.. yes, no wire at all. The battery lasts up to 3,5 hours, which lasts me at least two workout sessions. The case itself has another 4 full charges ready for you. Honestly, I never experienced so much freedom when working out. Nobody got time for normal earphones anymore. My boyfriend always acts like he doesn't care about new workout goodies and they don't affect his motivation. But I can confirm that even he wanted to go out for runs way more often since getting his pair of Sudio NIVÅIf you fancy treating yourself as well, you can use the discount code "LISAAUTUMN" for 15% off.



Do it for the health
I can't lie... of course, I want my body to change and that's definitely a part of why I am working out. But if you set your physical appearance as your number one priority I can almost promise you that your motivation will go out of the window pretty quickly. Firstly, physical results really take some time to show. So when you won't have that Kim KW body after a month you will be very tempted to give up. Try to shift your focus to your health. Do you want to be strong and healthy even when you get older? Then you simply have to move your body and take care of your diet. Once you put your health first, physical changes will come automatically. So please do yourself a favor and do not.. I repeat do not.. solely track your weight. Of course, tracking your weight is somewhat helpful, especially when you have a substantial amount of fat to lose. But don't weigh yourself more often than every week or better every other week. Your daily weight gain or loss has nothing to do with fat gain or loss, most of the time it's just water. Especially when you've gained 2 pounds over night.. trust me that just can't be fat. Even more important than weighing yourself is your body composition. So maybe invest in a good body composition scale and also take measurements of your body. That's where you will see the real progress. 

Forget about that 'all or nothing' mentality
This is probably one of the biggest mistakes people do over and over again. The 'all or nothing' mentality with workouts and diets will make you give up sooner or later. We all have been there. You remember that time where you have been eating so healthy for weeks and worked out regularly, and then you had that one day where you ate your body weight in junk food and sugar. Well, this is not the end of the world. It's all about how you go from there? Do NOT beat yourself up and think to yourself that everything is over now and the effort you made over the last few weeks are pointless. One day does not define your journey. It's just one single day out of 7 days of the week, 30 of the month and 365 of the year. Just pick up your healthy lifestyle the next day and this one day 'off'  didn't change a thing. 

Find something that works for you
Going running or to the gym are probably the first things that people think about when it comes to workouts. Even though this might be the right thing to do for some people, it is not for everyone. I started out with Pilates workouts at home. But I quickly realized that I need to actually go out to workout and home workouts don't do it for me. I then started running and absolutely loved it. I went from a couch potato to someone who could run a 5K without completely dying. But it just got boring to me after some time. The beginning was exciting and a huge challenge. After I became better and it got easier I just lacked the motivation. More than a year ago I started going to the gym with my boyfriend. I did a mix of cardio and weights, probably what most people do. And again, I absolutely loved it. But looking back at it now, I probably loved the first six months. I loved getting stronger and feeling more independent in my day-to-day life, like carrying all the groceries at once and not asking my boyfriend for help. But I felt like it got too monotone. This is when my boyfriend asked if I'd want to join Crossfit with him. At first, it was a huge joke to me. I thought I am far away from being fit enough to do anything that 'crazy'. But everybody has to start somewhere, right? So I tried it once, really believing that it won't be for me. Surprisingly I loved every second. Yes, it was intimidating and it was so much harder than anything else I have ever done and it still is most of the times I go. But the feeling after the workout is incredible.. you feel like you can conquer the world. To be honest, there are still so many things I can't do, but there is always a modified way for me to do a certain exercise. Don't be scared. 

x Lisa 


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  1. I need to schedule my workouts and put them in my diary to actually do them and get in a routine with my workouts and it has helped me so much.
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    1. Absolutely agree girl! Scheduling is everything!

      x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  2. I find planning my work outs for the week ahead really keep me motivated. I also find booking a class makes me want to go as I've made a commitment

    Kate xx
    www.mummywho.com

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    1. Absolutely... way better than just waiting and hoping for motivation!

      x Lisa

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  3. Oooh I love those headphones! So much better than the ones that have a wire going around the back of your neck! Great tips!

    xoxo,
    Kayla | www.withlovefromkayla.com

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  4. These are good tips. Getting in a routine and finding what works for you is so important.
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    1. Totally agree girl.. it's all about what works for you :)

      x Lisa

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  5. I need these earphones babe! I’m definitely checking them out. I so had enough of tangled wires in my handbag! Great tips. I need some motivation, I always get so lazy after getting back from holiday 💖💖💞

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    1. YES girl.. they are amazing! You should really get them!

      x Lisa

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  6. Yes, perfect timing I need some good read and motivation into starting a fitness routine again.. and actually sticking to it! Thanks for the tips.

    Elle | specklesofstyle.com

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  7. I need them too !!!!
    Happy Sunday!
    Olivia Poncelet <3
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  8. These tips are perfect and I need to apply them now!! Love this post <3

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  9. Need the Sudio!!!

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  10. Love this post! I've slowly been getting into the gym more now my netball season is over. For me, I much prefer doing weights in the gym and leaving cardio down to netball training!xx

    Lucy | www.lucy-cole.co.uk

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  11. I sooo needed this post as my motivation to get back in the gym!! Thanks so much for sharing all of your tips!
    xx Jen
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  12. These are such fantastic tips! I love your blog too <3
    -Kate // http://www.classyandkate.com/capsule-jewelry-inspired-by-my-3-favorite-trips/

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  13. I am literally having this conversation with my sister right now as I read this. Exercising used to be part of my daily routine and I've fallen off the wagon and back on and off again. I really need to get back into it and you are motivating me to do it! Even if it means buying some new earphones or workout gear, I am ready to do it! xoxo, Christine
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    1. Perfect timing! YAY love all the motivation Christine!

      x Lisa

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  14. Such a lovely post! I do have the all or nothing mentality. It's either working out a lot or not at all haha!

    X Marjolein
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  15. Finding a workout routine you can stick to is actually pretty hard! Treating yourself helps (I started this reward system thing where if I do, for example, more than 20 workouts a month, I get to buy something pretty for myself), but I'm still trying to find the perfect sport or class for me :)
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    1. Absolutely agree.. it is hard but it's a process :)

      x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  16. These are great tips. I am one of those girls who actually loves to work out because I was really athletic growing up, but even then, when I fall out of routine and go on holidays I come back and don't really want to go to the gym. I still love it but definitely for me, I need a routine. Like you mentioned above treating yourself is awesome motivation - I love to buying gym clothes - it's one of the few things I never feel guilty buying. haha.

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    Miki
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  17. Let's get in shape!

    Federica
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  18. I think it's very important to find something that works for you! For me it's zumba xxx
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  19. It's really hard to find and keep motivation for workouts. These are great tips, and the earphones look great by the way. Love that they come in two colors :)

    – Lois ♡ | www.loisvinas.com

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  20. This was very motivating! :) Good to here that someone is on the same page as me :)

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  21. Finding motivation for workout is aways hard for me too... but believe me I find this post quite motivational and all the points you shared are so real...loved your tips as well...❤️

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  22. I really needed this right now, I've been in such a fitness rut since returning from my holiday in Bali recently! Thanks for the inspo!

    SHAKIRA SACKS

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    1. Oh coming back from holiday is always the worst haha

      x Lisa

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  23. Excellent tips! One of my July goals is to get back into exercising and today was my first day at the gym...let's just say it ended 20 minutes later. Great post anyhow! x

    Arshi | notesfromarshi.com

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    1. Haha I know it's really not easy to stick to it!

      x Lisa

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  24. What a great post, always enjoy reading fitness posts as it's something I do on a daily basis! I love keeping fit, healthy and enjoy a balanced lifestyle.

    For me my workout varies but I find I'm a late night trainer, as I'm freelance I was working out until the early hours until the sun came up hehe!

    Workout when it best suits you, I haven't been to a gym before but need it to up my weights a bit as mine are too light and try some different methods.

    Laura xo
    www.shehearts.net

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much for your thoughts girl!

      x Lisa

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  25. I absolutely love this post! i totally agree with the schedule. I mostly do classes at the gym as they motivate me a lot more, but I always stick to my regular Monday, Wednesday and Saturday/Sunday classes so I know I have designated days of the week, it really helps! xx

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  26. This was so helpful, staying motivated with fitness is something I struggle with massively, so it was really helpful to have so much advice all in on place xx

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  27. These tips are so perfect and those headphones look amazing! Lovely post Hun :)

    Grace Louise || www.gracelouiseofficial.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Great tips! Thank you!

    Josipa.
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  29. I really need to work at sticking to my routine. Hopefully my wedding next year will spur me on!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. This is the best kind of motivation :)

      x Lisa

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  30. Establishing a workout routine is the hardest part. I found once I got into a groove and set a certain days and a certain time on those days to work out it became so much easier to me and didn't feel like a burden.

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  31. Indeed. Different folks, different strokes. Just because a workout yields great results to someone doesnt mean it will work the same for you too. It takes trial and error, and it's actually part of the fun. Take time to experiment and find something that works best for you. Commit to it, stay consistent, and change it a little bit from time to time to keep things exciting.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  32. enjoy reading your post

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  33. Great post and great tips!! I've recently gotten back into the workout mood, and I'm actually excited! This post was needed! Thanks for sharing girl <3

    Millie x
    https://queenmillie.blogspot.com/2018/07/interior-no32.html

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  34. These are great tips! I pass from periods when I'm very motivated to "who cares" periods! ahaha
    xx

    Ellysa

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  35. I love working out. You're right, scheduling your workout helps a lot. I like to get mine done in the morning so I know I've done it and plus I feel extra energetic the rest of the day.

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  36. I am the worst when it comes to fitness! I just can't even stick to a routine or even find anything I find a 100% beneficial, so this post is so helpful. I will definitely take your tips on board xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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  37. I always look forward to the photography in your posts and you never disappoint! Love the his and hers earbuds, so cool!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  38. Dynasty is amazing!

    I've recently signed up to a weekly Pilates class and I'm thinking of doing an at home one like yourself :) Schedule definitely helps

    Lauren xx - bylaurenjane

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  39. These are such great tips and those ear buds are so insanely cool. I definitely need to get a pair ASAP!

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  40. They are SO good! You need them!

    x Lisa

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  41. These earphones look so sleek and modern! They would totally be perfect for when I workout. Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely need to look into this brand.

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  42. Great tips here I love working out at home and in my own time Gyms did not work for me So I am back enjoying it and I am quite disciplined about it and it is free You are very right in finding what works for you Love all the items here I think treating yourself to some inspiring active wear helps a lot xoxo Cris
    https://photosbycris.blogspot.com/2018/07/hello-my-beautiful-friends-winter-days.html

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  43. These are great tips! I worry I'd lose wireless headphones like that though, haha! I'm always misplacing things.

    Hope that you're having a nice end to your week with a fun weekend ahead of you!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Haha I know the struggle.. but it's worth it!

      x Lisa

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  44. thankyou for such a good post and im trying to implement it in my life and that earphone is lit !

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  45. Them earphones are super cute (anything with a hint of rose gold has my attention haha) - they would totally motivate me to workout aswell!

    Lily Loves | https://lilybassx.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha I am the same.. all about that rose gold!

      x Lisa

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  46. Ok, I just discovered your blog and you are such a gem! I am excited to see more from you. Ich liebe Deutchland auch!

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    1. Oh this just made my day! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

      x Lisa

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  47. I have been saving a lot of posts related to this in Pinterest! :) this kind of posts are really helpful. But my routine now may be different from the others, as I am currently expecting a baby boy! After delivery, i wish to go back to my usual routine and use your tips! Thank you!! :)

    Ellaine | In Betweens

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    1. OH Girl congrats this is so exciting :)

      x Lisa

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  48. Girl, I'm totally living for this post. This post just saved my life! I've been struggling with that all or nothing mentality for awhile now, and it makes it really hard for me to go to the gym. This post just gave me my motivation back to hit the gym!

    Anyway, I just discovered your blog, and I'm loving it! I'm definitely staying :)
    xx, Deborah
    http://www.reveriends.com/

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  49. I really liked your tips to get motivated, since I'm trying to get back to my workout routine! ❤

    By the way, my brand new post is up on the blog, I would appreciate you visit! :)

    xoxo,
    Jessica
    What To Style

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  50. Ugh, I need to get out of my rut asap!

    xx,
    Meredith
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  51. Sticking to a workout routine is just so hard for me. I can do nothing but hope your tips help! Great post!

    Love,
    i.b. | http://soundslikeidil.blogspot.com

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  52. I firmly believe there is a workout there for everyone and when you find it, you can keep doing it and will actually want to do it! Having nice gym clothes helps for motivation too of course!

    x Sheila

    https://www.sheilahoneill.com/

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  53. I agree with this babe! I always go to the gym at least 2 times a week!

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    1. It makes such a difference, doesn't it?

      x Lisa

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Thank you! xx