The singer shared what helps her stay motivated to achieve her fitness goals.

By Arielle Tschinkel
February 18, 2020

Even for the most passionate fitness enthusiasts, there are days when summoning the motivation to work out feels downright impossible. Bebe Rexha has been there—in a recent series of Instagram Stories, she opened up about how she stays driven with her workouts when she's just not feeling it.

Over the weekend, the "Meant to Be" singer shared clips from a sweat session with trainer and Olympic medalist, Kim Glass. The pair had taken their cardio outdoors, huffing and puffing as they ran side-by-side. Between breaths, the two talked about how it can be "really hard" to maintain a consistent fitness routine, even when working toward specific goals. (Based on some of her most recent Instagram posts, Rexha seems focused on building her butt and thigh strength these days.)

Of course, exercising with a personal trainer is one way to stay motivated and work harder than you might on your own. And Rexha is lucky enough to work with trainers like Glass, who seems to be providing the singer with helpful guidance: In one of Rexha's Instagram Stories, Glass is heard encouraging Rexha to trust herself and take "baby steps" toward her fitness goals, rather than force herself to go all-out in one workout session. (Here's why taking baby steps is one of the best ways to get back to working out after taking a break from the gym.)

But for Rexha, staying motivated in her workout routine isn't just about working with a personal trainer. It's also about connecting to herself and her body on a deeper level, she said in one of her IG Stories. "I think what I'm learning [through working out] is self-love," said the singer. "It's about pushing yourself, and consistency. You have a bad week, a bad month? Get back up." (Related: Why Consistency Is the Single Most Important Thing for Reaching Your Health Goals)

Rexha's approach might sound more like "tough love" than "self-love." But she's on to something: Switching your mindset to see exercise as a gift to yourself, rather than a burden, can help you condition yourself to genuinely want to work out, Michelle Segar, Ph.D., a motivation scientist and author of No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness, previously told us. Just think about how energized and positive you feel after a good workout. That sense of revitalization can essentially be a present for Future You, explained Segar.

Another relatable roadblock Rexha struggles with when committing to a workout routine: comparing herself to others, she said in one of her Instagram Stories. (Here's why wanting what others have will never make you happy, according to fitness and wellness queen, Kayla Itsines.)

To be clear though, competition isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes competing with someone (mentally and/or physically) can help increase confidence, make you more aware of your strength, and improve your focus, Bhrett McCabe, Ph.D., an Alabama-based sports psychologist, previously told Shape. However, consistently comparing your workouts and fitness results to those of other exercisers can not only negatively affect your mood, it can also set you up for injuries if you're pushing yourself beyond your personal, reasonable limits, Justine Reel, Ph.D., associate professor of health promotion and education at the University of Utah, told us in a previous interview.

If you tend to play the comparison game like Rexha, the singer's trainer offered some solid advice to help you approach your workout routine from a healthier perspective: "It's not about competing with other [people]," Glass said in one of Rexha's IG Stories. "It's about pushing yourself to be your best self every single day for you. There's no competition when you've got that down."

Feeling inspired by Glass and Rexha's real talk? Here are some more pointers to help you rekindle exercise motivation—plus our 40-day plan to help you crush any goal.



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