There are a million ways to motivate yourself to exercise, actually, but these are a few you should try right away:
1. Try a new playlist. Music is a very powerful motivator but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your own music. Here’s a great place to start.
2. Find someone with a similar workout schedule to you and plan workouts together. Not only can it be more fun to workout with another person but you’ll have the extra accountability of not wanting to disappoint someone else by not showing up.
3. Measure your progress. The scale can be disappointing because our weight fluctuates throughout the day, but a measuring tape doesn’t lie. Tracking progress can be great motivation to keep going.
4. Set personal records in everything you do and write them down. Then, try to break them.
5. Next time you workout make a point to really think about how you feel afterwards. Paint as vivid a mental picture as you can so that the next time you’re struggling for motivation you can easily channel that post-workout high.
6. Repeat after me, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop.” If that doesn’t work, try these.
7. Think about something you are stressed or angry about. Wouldn’t it feel great to imagine kicking that person or situation’s ass while you’re running?
8. Have goals and work towards them. Getting close to a new goal weight or personal record is often motivation enough.
9. Remember that you only have to do something for three weeks until it becomes a habit. You can do anything for three weeks.
10. Find a (non-food) reward you want to work towards. Maybe for every workout you complete, you get to put $5 towards your shopping/going out budget.
11. Hang a calendar on your wall and give yourself a star (or a happy face, or a check mark) every day you stick to your workout schedule. Over the course of the month you’ll find yourself motivated by wanting to see a full calendar.
12. Make a vision board and hang it on the inside of your closet door. Include words, phrases, and pictures of what your ideal life is like. Look at it every morning when you’re picking out your clothes for the day and strive to be better and better in everything (not just fitness related).
13. Shopping. If you’re trying to lose weight shopping is tough because you don’t want to buy more clothes that won’t fit when you lose weight, and it’s dangerous to buy “aspirational” fit clothes. However spending a day doing a relaxing kind of cardio and finding one thing you really like can be helpful. A new sweater makes you feel good about yourself, which boosts your energy and can be motivational.
14. Grab a fitness magazine and read a story about someone accomplishing their goals. This one brought me to tears on the treadmill.
15. Start a blog about your fitness journey. It doesn’t need to be public, but writing about your journey can help motivate you because you’re excited to have new achievements to document. Bonus: you’ll probably read a lot of similar blogs in the process, they can be super inspirational.
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17. Think about how much you hate people who make excuses and blame their actions (or inactions) on others. You don’t want to be that person, do you?
18. Plan a fancy event with your partner or your friends — one that will require you to dress up. Think about how good you’ll look when the day comes.
Instead of thinking about it and trying to find the motivation, just get up and get outside or in your car and go to the gym. Literally. Stop thinking. Just go.
What is your favourite motivation tip? What have you picked from the list for yourself to try? Share in comments bellow.