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Finding the Motivation to Workout

Finding the Motivation to Workout

Sara Kuhns CPT

Finding the Motivation to Workout

Do you ever have those days where you just can’t seem to get off the couch and get yourself to the gym? Or you’re too tired after a long day at work? Me too and the truth is, I have many days where I would rather skip out on the gym and go out to eat instead, or stay in and watch some Netflix. BUT, I know this is not going to get me to where I want to be and won’t help me to reach my fitness goals. I have come to think of getting a workout in as just a normal part of my daily routine, just like brushing your teeth, eating breakfast, or taking a shower. Once you get used to doing it, it just becomes a habit. Below I’ve listed some ways to help boost your motivation to get in that workout during the day!

  1. Workout Before Your Brain Knows What’s Happening

This is one that I have found VERY helpful for myself. If I get up early and go to the gym before anything else, then it is done and out of the way! If you workout at the end of the day, you have time to talk yourself out doing it.

 

  1. Bribe Yourself to Workout

Set a goal and reward yourself once you’ve reached it. If your goal is to go to the gym 5 days a week for a month and you complete it – reward yourself! Maybe a trip to the spa, new gym clothes, a new activity tracker, etc.

 

  1. Try Fun Fitness Classes With Friends

If you get bored easily, try switching it up by trying different fitness classes – and bring friends along! Cyclin, hot yoga, bootcamp, boxing, barre, and antigravity yoga are just a few that come to mind.

 

  1. Write Down How You Feel After Every Workout

Get a journal and write down how you feel after every single workout. Then on days you don’t feel like working out, you can go back and read how good you felt afterwards!

 

  1. Have A Playlist Ready To Go On Your Phone

A big thing for me when working out is music, and if I don’t have a playlist ready, chances are I’m going to be 10x less likely to be motivated. Another good idea is to watch YouTube videos or TV shows while doing steady-state cardio.

 

  1. Create A Vision Board

This can be an actual board that you make or a virtual one (I personally use Pinterest). Make a board with pictures of motivational quotes, athletes or people you look up to, healthy recipes, workouts, etc. that will motivate you to hit the gym. Look at it every day to remind yourself what you are working towards!

 

  1. Think Of Working Out As “You” Time & Remember Why You Started

Working out shouldn’t be torturous and should really be thought of as time set aside to help you become a better version of yourself! Whether it be health issues, weightloss, toning up, or just being healthier in general – remember why you started.