No matter how motivated you are, there comes a time with you just want to skip your workout and head home. Perhaps you’ve had a long day at work, or you’re just feeling exhausted. Whatever the reason, it can be hard to get yourself to the gym. We’ve got some great ways you can stay motivated and smash that workout. Here are nine steps to finding exercise motivation.
#1. Pack your workout gear the night before. If you pack your workout leggings and trainers the night before, then you won’t feel so rushed the next morning. It also means you can go straight off to the gym.
#2. Think positive. If you reward yourself with a pat on the back after a particularly grueling workout, this can be a positive way to boost self-motivation. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the mindset of “thank goodness that class is over.” That only leads to the feeling of dread every time you return.
#3. Try something new. Sometimes, changing your workout routine can shake things up and make you feel more refreshed. It stops you from getting bored and means you can work on different muscle groups.
#4. Reward yourself for a job well done. If you reward your workout, then you’ll create a habit loop. You will end up craving the process it takes to get the reward, meaning motivation won’t be as hard to find. Just make sure your reward doesn’t undo all the hard work you’ve put in to get it!
#5. Try your clothes on. If you’ve been struggling to meet your workout target, then try on your clothes. This can be a fantastic way to find the energy to get back to the gym, as you’ll have a visual cue to push you to go.
#6. Find a gym buddy. This can be a powerful motivator, as exercising with a friend is a sociable and fun way to get fit. Plus, knowing you have someone relying on you to go is likely to help when you’re feeling sluggish. You can also assess each other’s progress, which could turn into a fun competitive game.
#7. Shake up your sounds. Don’t underestimate the power of great music on your workout. If you add some fast dance tunes for the intense cardio workouts, alongside some of your favorite tracks, you’ll be surprised how much better you feel.
#8. Don’t forget your nutrition. If you’ve been working out hard but haven’t got the results you want, it could be time to look at your diet. You can always see if your gym has a nutritionist and ask for advice. Eating healthy food requires commitment, and you’ve got to cut back on the junk food and excess treats even if you are working out more.
#9. Get some inspiration. If all else fails, then get yourself some inspiration on social media. Instagram has some excellent health and fitness accounts where you can follow others on their journey to health. Looking at photos of people doing better than you can be the kick up the behind you need to get back out there.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.