2 Tips to Stay Motivated to Exercise

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2 Tips to Stay Motivated to Exercise

Staying fit is lifetime endeavor. Results do not happen overnight and for this reason many people quit. I know staying motivated to exercise is difficult. There are many reasons why exercise adherence can be hard to keep. I often find myself working late, sometimes till 2:00 AM finishing up a blog post, answering a boatload of emails, and skimming through hundreds of photos for work. This is typically done after a long day of mommy and domestic duties. There is no end in sight to the many roles we women have. It is because we are awesome and much is expected out of us.

I love my blog business! However, I literally have to stop myself from working I am work horse and staying balance is healthy! This workaholic mama needs boundaries and if I don’t enforce them I can exhaust myself. I understand that I am in charge of my well-being and this means I have be selfish. I need to take care of me and this is not always easy.

There are days of staying up late from working that test my resolve to exercise. I find myself only catching a few hours of sleep only to wake to get my family ready for school. Give me a shout out if this is your story! I get it….there are days you don’t want to exercise and everyone has their own set of personal reasons or “excuses”. But, I have here to tell you that prioritizing exercise is worth it.

Staying motivated to exercise is not always easy. But, Debbie is sharing her two tips to keep you sticking to your exercise plans with ease. They are as simple as wearing your favorite workout clothes and playing your favorite tunes. Read more here!

I often look lustfully at my bed and want to linger longer. But, I literally have to command my body to get up, get dressed for exercise, and remind myself I must stay focused on my goals of self-care. I know when I take the time to exercise I feel incredible! The natural endorphins from exercising boosts my mood, memory, and attitude. Exercising is my happy pill. I am excited to share my two tips for staying motivated to exercise.

2 Tips to Stay Motivated to Exercise

Tip #1 – Fashion Affects Fitness

Wearing athletic clothes that are comfortable and stylish makes me excited to exercise. It truly makes a difference on how you feel at the gym by what you are wearing. I love having an athletic jacket on hand to keep my body warm and covered during my warm up and leaving the gym. My exercise leggings need to offer the right kind of compression to hold me in places I need extra support. They also need to make me feel comfortable while I am doing cardio and lifting weights. And, my choice of footwear is critical to the quality of my workout.

The exercise leggings I am wearing today are designed by my girlfriend Ruthie Ridley. I absolutely love her BE FREE leggings. These high waisted leggings take you from the gym to running errands in comfort and style. The long mesh panel highlights your legs beautifully and sets it apart from other legging styles out there. They are available for purchase right now at $69 now through April 3. The BE FREE leggings are come in black, olive, and cobalt blue. Use code ‘RUTHIE’ for 10% off at Four Athletics.

Tip #2 – Music is a Must 

Music is a powerful mood enhancer. I have loved music since a little kid. Though, I have no musical bone in me I value how music enhances my emotional and psychological well being. My two girls play the piano and I love hearing the beautiful piano music playing in our home. The right kind of music will drive us to accomplish tasks that are otherwise hard to do. Music can act as our personal coach when exercising.

There has been countless times I have driven home to fetch my headphones for my workout. I seriously can’t exercise without music!  Whether I am listening to my favorite workout tunes, podcast, or audible scriptures at the gym, I must have an excellent pair of headphones! There is no comprising on that. I have used many kinds of headphones and Ghostek Rapture Wireless Headphones with Bluetooth technology is the best. These headphones provide a crisp, powerful sound and helps me power through some amazing workouts! You need one yourself.

My post details: PUMA athletic jacket, Nike women’s tank, New Balance sports bra, c/o Four Athletics leggings, c/o Ghostek headphones, and c/o Amazon Fashion New Balance athletic shoes.

I once heard the saying “your wealth is in your health” and this statement pierced my soul! If I don’t take care of my health and wellness, I am not able to operate at my fullest potential. When I am strong, fit, and agile, my mind and body can do great things! I feel exhilarated from the inside out and I hope my two tips to stay motivated to exercise will inspire you to stay active for life.




  1. Ruthie Ridley
    March 27, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    “Your health is your wealth!!!” I LOVE that quote it is so much the truth and babe you look amazing!!!!! Thank you for those tips and I need these head phones love!!!!

    • March 27, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed this post! Love your leggings girl! xo Yes, these headphones are butter to the ears!

  2. Kristina
    March 28, 2018 / 10:55 am

    I am right there with you! I love having new workout clothes to wear and get my morning exercise on! Nothing beats looking good while you’re busting your butt to stay in shape and be healthy! Love this outfit!

    xx Kristina ||

  3. Helena Marz
    March 28, 2018 / 10:55 am

    That is so true with this quote “Your health is your wealth” if you don’t have your health you have nothing! Which is why it is so important for all of us to exercise to look after our health. I love your stylish workout gear and it’s time for me to do some shopping for new workout outfits❤️

  4. March 28, 2018 / 11:09 am

    I’m agreeing with you 100% on the fashion attitude. If I feel like I’m wearing stylish work out clothes, I do better and accomplish more.

  5. March 28, 2018 / 11:11 am

    I love this workout gear. I hate to exercise, but I do it because I know I need to stay healthy for my family. I don’t usually wear nice stuff like this though. I’m in old shorts and t-shirts!

  6. Kimberly Ann
    March 28, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Music is seriously SO IMPORTANT to a workout! I hate when I show up without my headphones!

    Kim .. simple tips for a last minute Easter look!

  7. OnceUponADollhouse
    March 28, 2018 / 11:31 am

    We love tips to stay motivated! We always try to keep each other accountable. Working out 4-5 times a week gives us energy!

  8. March 28, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    I have not been working out in ages! I have been so demotivated! I always had some music on when i was running! great tips!

  9. March 28, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    Hands up it really can be so hard to stay motivated when it comes to exercise. Music is great though and having someone to work out with as well can be a great thing!

  10. Jessica Taylor
    March 28, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    I have the hardest time staying motivated to be healthy! That’s why I can never stick to my goal!

  11. Lara Hathout
    March 28, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    I totally agree! Exercising in style is a must! My husband is my greatest motivation, he literally forces me to the gym every week. Exercising with a friend or a partner is another great way to motivate yourself.

  12. Annreeba Joy
    March 28, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    These are some great tips. Music is seriously so important to a workout! You look amazing!

  13. Alison Rost
    March 29, 2018 / 12:54 am

    It’s so easy to be tempted not to workout and just stay in bed a little longer but the show must go on! I think these tips are great, when you have cute clothes, you’ll definitely want to workout more. Music is such a good source of motivation and energy!

  14. Louise Oliver
    March 29, 2018 / 6:38 am

    I totally agree with your tips for staying motivated! I feel much better exercising when I’m wearing clothes that I really like and feel good in! And music is a must for me too, it really gets you going! I also find exercising first thing in the morning works for me as then I can’t procrastinate over it!

  15. March 29, 2018 / 11:03 am

    I guess these are the 2 most apt points that should move any one to hit the the gym! Such a great photo shoot!! 🙂

  16. March 29, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    I’m the same way when it comes to blogging. I do need to find a good work out routine and stick to it. Music helps keep me motivated in those times.

  17. Cecilia C. Cannon
    March 29, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    getting motivated is the hardest part! but once you do it, it feels so great afterwards. I just need to get out going

  18. March 29, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Sometimes motivation can come slowly. I hate those sort of days, but when I have them? I will be using your tips to stay motivated because your two tips are easy enough and won’t require much effort 😉 Great ideas to use 2 tips versus a long list, kepe up the great work!

  19. Dee Jaye
    March 29, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    Thanks for this. I do struggle with getting in time and motivation to exercise. I’ll be sure to use your tips

  20. March 29, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Love this quote- health is wealth. Its very important to stay fit . Listening to music makes me exercise easier. I get motivate on my workout routine. Thanks for sharing wonderful tips

  21. March 29, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    Love this quote- health is wealth. Its very important to stay fit . Totally agree with you, Listening to music makes exercise easier. I get motivated on my workout routine. Thanks for sharing wonderful tips

  22. March 29, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Music is such a motivating force for my workouts. It makes the time go faster and keeps me moving. When I pair that with stylish, comfy workout gear I do feel so much more incentivized to get my workout in every day.

  23. March 29, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    I need all the help I can get when it comes to staying motivated to exercise, you have some great tips and the outfit looks incredible

  24. March 30, 2018 / 2:48 am

    I would add to take a friend with you. I my case is my husband that helps me stay motivated. I also like to buy cool clothes for fitness and listen to the music.

  25. March 30, 2018 / 9:01 am

    Your exercise clothes look very comfortable. My husband jokes with me that I shouldn’t front like I exercise by wearing the sporty gear all of the time, but I like clothes that are cozy and roomy.

  26. March 30, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    These are great tips, thank you for the post, I really like the colors of your workout clothes!

    ~xo Sheree

  27. Latoyia Dean-Dennis
    March 30, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    You look super cute, I love the outfit. I need to stay motivated to work out…it is hard sometimes.

  28. March 30, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Having the right gear, clothing included, totally motivates me. Your outfit looks so cute. I would see how it would get you out there exercising.

  29. March 30, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Your two points are spot on! I’ve been working out a lot lately, trying to shed baby weight, and I can attest to the motivating factor of cute workout wear! Love those leggings! Music is also essential. I typically do 45 minutes on the treadmill, and I find myself “giving up” at around the 30 minute mark, so I timed my playlist to start playing really fast music full of bass at around that time to get me through the last 15 minutes.

  30. Pentene
    March 31, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    Great post and points about exercising for the goodness of your health. Love that you talk about ways you stay motivated as it gives enough reason to find your own ways you can be motivated to work out. Love this Debbie!


  31. April 1, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Amazing tips. Like you, working out is so important to my daily routine and happiness. I turn into a bit of a crazy person without it. Great tips!


  32. themotheroverload
    April 2, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Girl you had me at fashion and music! Loving your outfit. You look amazing!

  33. Nicole Lier
    April 2, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    I work out at home, so my workout wear isn’t always super cute, but my music is always upbeat and motivating for sure!! Great post hun!

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