In my last workout post I listed inexpensive daily rewards you can use to motivate yourself when you reach a small fitness goal — such as working out 5 days out of the week. I ended up buying lottery tickets for myself, because scratch-offs are my favorite type of workout motivation.
While it's good to set small goals, make sure to look further out and set monthly goals, too! This week I'm going to list a few bigger ticket items you can use as workout motivation so you'll have something to keep you on track in the busy months ahead.
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Workout Motivation: Rewards for Hitting Monthly Milestones
Here are a few mid-level rewards you can use when you make it to the end of the month (or three months, if you prefer):
1. Buy a Fitness Tracker: Tracking devices are all the rage, and I certainly appreciate the motivation I get from wearing mine! You can read all about my love for my Fitbit ZIP here. COST: Fitness trackers range in price from approximately $50 -$350 and perform at a variety of levels, so select the option that best fits your particular needs.
2. Treat Yourself to a Massage: I love this option, because there's nothing like getting pampered once you've pushed your body to its limits. This one works well if you're the type of person who loves personal attention. COST: A massage typically begins around $50 and goes up from there, depending upon the length of time and/or add-ons selected. (Hot stones, anyone? That's my personal favorite.)
3. Book a Session with a Personal Trainer: Sometimes you'll plateau after a month or two of working out, so a trainer may be the perfect kick-in-the-pants you need to get things going again. Here is a great article from CNN listing the top 5 things to look for in a personal trainer. COST: Expect the price for one session to be around $75, although this varies greatly depending on your location and the trainer's level of experience.
4. Hire a Maid: If all the extra time you've spent at the gym has left your house in need of a bit of attention, this might be the way to go. You can usually hire a maid on a one-time basis just to test out the service, and coupon companies such as Groupon and LivingSocial often offer decent rates. COST: Expect to spend around $50.
5. Purchase a Cute Water Bottle: This is the least expensive option on the list! COST: You'll pay anywhere from $15-$50 for a water bottle, depending on your personal taste.
6. Treat Yourself to a New Workout Outfit: My fellow shopping addicts will like this option! It's a great idea to hang your workout outfit directly across from your bed so you'll see it as soon as you wake up and will be motivated to workout. You know what is even more motivating? Having a cute, new outfit hanging directly across from your bed. COST: Entirely up to you. My favorite pair of workout pants is from Zella and is under $55, but I also like Lululemon and that habit can get pretty pricey.
7. Treat Yourself to a Mani/Pedi: This is another option for those of you who like to be pampered. March those sore feet down to the salon and treat yo'self. COST: A mani/pedi combo can start as low as $60, and varies depending upon location.
8. Buy a New Pair of Running Shoes: It's funny how motivating new shoes are to me, but they do the trick every time. I racked up more steps than I'd been averaging on my Fitbit the first few weeks after I brought my last pair home! If new shoes are motivating to you, too, then you might want to select this option once you hit your monthly goals. COST: A new pair of shoes will cost anywhere from $40 – $200, depending upon your personal taste.
9. Pick up a Foam Roller: Sore from logging all those long hours at the gym? A foam roller might be just the relief you need for those aching muscles. COST: This is on the lower end of the price spectrum. You can usually find one beginning around $20.
10. Purchase a Colorful Yoga Mat: Yoga mats aren't just for seasoned yogi's. I use mine for stretching and so I can do sit-ups on my hardwood floors without hurting myself. (Wood floors are pretty, but they're not so forgiving on my back!) COST: Approximately $20 – $40.
11. Take a Day Off of Work: I saved the best for last! All work and no play is never a good thing, so reward yourself with a full day off of work once you meet a big goal — then take the opportunity to sleep late or do any of the things listed above. This one is my top choice, by far!
What about you? Which option will you pick when you hit your monthly goals? Select your favorite, then pin it to your vision board so you'll have a visual reminder of your goals when you wake up each morning.