Let’s face it, many of us just don’t feel motivated to work out. There’s always something better that comes up, an event we’d rather go to, the fatigue that sets in after a long day at work, or the fact that we just don’t feel like it.
So, what should you do when you’re running low on motivation? Here are the FIVE easiest ways to get motivated to work out:
1. Make a checklist and make sure that you know your goals.
- Map out your goals and make a checklist so that you can track your progress.
- Are you aiming for 4 times per week? Then mark the days on your calendar the week prior and include your workout time as a concrete, planned part of your daily life.
2. Set realistic goals for yourself.
- Many times we fail at achieving our goals because they are unrealistic. Make sure you set realistic goals so that you can achieve them in a realistic way.
- For example, if you haven’t been to the gym in a year, it is unrealistic to commit to going five days a week for an hour.
- Instead, ease back in to working out so that it becomes a natural part of your life, instead of an “all or nothing” event.
3. Get a workout buddy or accountability partner.
- Motivate each other to stick to your goals and get off the couch, even though it would be much easier just to stay there.
- Knowing that someone else is counting on you for motivation is a sure way to stay on track, keep your word, and meet them at the gym.
- If you can’t find an actual workout buddy, get an accountability partner: a friend or someone who checks in to make sure you are staying on track with your fitness goals and workout times.
- Try viewing going to the gym as a stress RELEASE. (You know how great you feel afterward.)
- Working out as been proven to release feel-good endorphins that leave you in a happier and more energetic mood afterward, regardless of how you felt before working out.
5. Grab a book or a magazine and go slower than usual.
- Physically not feeling like working out? Are you really tired or just worn out? Feel like you have a little bit left in you, but not enough for a “great” workout? Just because you can’t pump iron full force doesn’t mean you should skip your workout.
- Instead, grab a book or a magazine and head to the gym. Do some cardio, more slowly than usual, and start reading. You will get yourself into the habit of going to the gym, moving your body, and carving out that “me” time. Try not to judge your workout and just work with your body and how it’s feeling that day.
By making working out more fun and viewing it as a commitment to yourself, you will be more likely to not only hit the gym, but also make this a sustainable and maintainable part of your everyday life.
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