Believe me when I say I know how hard it can be to get the motivation needed to workout. Over the years I’ve developed some tips for staying motivated throughout my physical journey. Interpret them the way you please and only take what you feel would benefit you!
Make a playlist that rocks
One of the biggest reasons I have the motivation to workout is because I look forward to listening to the music I have in my “workout” playlist. I rarely listen to rap or electronic dance music when I’m outside of the gym. But as that music starts playing, I get fired up and look forward to giving my all into my 1-mile run and medicine ball smashes. The beat and energy of the music pushes me to get to the gym and ultimately, work hard.
Pencil in the time to workout in advance
It’s so important to make time for your workout when you have a busy, or even idle, schedule. When I commit myself to working out at a certain time, I’m more likely to follow through. You wouldn’t bail on meeting a friend for lunch at 12:30, right? Well then, don’t bail on your meeting with the gym at 5:00pm. I completely understand playing the excuses game with yourself. But I promise, it’s not worth it. Besides, in the time that you’re convincing yourself you don’t need to workout, you could’ve been done already!
Create a workout that is fun
It gets very repetitive and honestly, boring, when I do the same workout everyday. Try to switch up your workout routine and do exercises that are fun and make you feel good. Recently, I’ve been working on my endurance on the stair machine. Boy, is it hard but I feel so accomplished after finishing just 10 minutes! It’s fun and it challenges me. If you don’t have a gym membership don’t feel discouraged by the lack of exercise machines. Take a walk around your neighborhood, buy some free weights at Walmart, perform some ab exercises on the floor, or dance around your room. Just get your body moving and have fun doing it – that’s what it’s all about.
Listen to your body
The simple act of listening to your body seems to be overlooked in one’s motivation for working out. If you’re sore or overtired, focus on resting and resetting your body. The same goes for when your body seems to need a good workout. Are you feeling sluggish and unhappy? Go workout. Give your body the attention and love it deserves. The human body is an amazing thing and we must treat it as our temple, guiding the decisions we make.
Remember how good you’ll feel after
For many people, the ultimate motivation to workout is knowing how good they’ll feel after. A good workout not only has the power to improve your physical well-being, but also your mental well-being. It’s important to focus on the big picture and do what it takes to create a positive attitude. I always try to remember the end result of a workout to give me the motivation I need, this way I actually have a reason for doing it.
It’s true that motivation comes and goes, so don’t get discouraged if you still haven’t gotten off the couch. Kate Hudson says it best in her book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body; we must “respect our shapes and sizes, embrace ourselves as we are, and nurture compassion for ourselves and others.” At the end of the day, the world will not crumble if we skip the gym, but it might start to fall apart if we lose sight of the love we should have for our body.