10 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Work Out
Whether you find yourself the master of excuses, or are guilty of the line “I’ll do it tomorrow”, you aren’t alone. Finding the motivation to workout is tough for anyone, even the most committed athletes and trainers. But breaking a sweat has an endless amount of benefits. It can boost your mood and energy levels, help you sleep better, and improve your overall health and fitness. So don’t put off that sweat sesh any longer, here are 10 ways to get motivated to workout, even when you don’t want to get off the couch.
1. Set your goals
Your overall fitness goal may be out of reach right now, so begin by setting smaller, more achievable goals to avoid becoming overwhelmed. For example, your first goal might be to start out exercising two times per week for half an hour. You can always reassess your goals and workouts once you get into a good routine.
2. Make a date
There is nothing more motivating than knowing someone is counting on you, so whether it’s a group fitness class or even just a run around the block, make plans to do it with a friend. Not only is it a great excuse for a social catch up, but you will have someone there to encourage and support you when times get tough. It will also make hitting the snooze button so much harder.
3. Write it down
Planning your workouts for the week ahead means you are less likely to pull out at the last minute. So grab your diary and schedule in your workouts whether it’s in the early morning or on the way home from work, writing it down will make all the difference.
4. Preparation is key
One of the easiest ways to stay motivated is to make working out more convenient for yourself. Waking up 20 minutes before your class only to find out your favourite sports bra is in the wash is a recipe for disaster. So lay out your clothes, socks and shoes the night before so everything is ready to go in the morning.
5. Surround yourself with motivation
Need a constant reminder of why you are exercising? Get crafty and cut out some motivational photos and quotes from your favourite health and fitness magazines. Hang them around your house for the ultimate guilt trip when you are feeling lazy.
6. Put together a workout playlist
Some good music can help you push through when the going gets tough. Create a playlist of your favourite songs and hit play when you are lacking motivation. The aim is to choose high-energy songs that have around 125 to 140 beats per minute. This is the optimal tempo for a fast paced workout.
7. Make it fun
Exercise doesn’t have to be a drag. If you hate running and can’t stand the thought of lifting weights, look into some other activities in your area that you will actually look forward to doing. Join a social netball team, go rock climbing or try your hand at a hip hop class. Find something you love and you won’t have to motivate yourself ever again.
8. Make it convenient
You don’t need fancy equipment for a good home workout. Grab a fitness mat and some free weights from Kmart and get moving in the comfort of your own lounge room. Whether it’s half an hour or 10 minutes, it’s perfect for those days you really don’t feel like getting yourself to the gym.
9. Track your success
Keeping track of your successes is a motivator in itself. Whether you’ve lifted that little bit more, run a little further, lost a few kilos or even just managed to get up and workout, tracking your progress will show you it is possible to achieve your goals.
10. Reward yourself!
Whether it’s a new pair of Lorna Jane tights you have been longing for or a new book you have been dying to read, be sure to do something nice for yourself at the end of the week or month if you stick to your workout plans. Knowing you will be rewarded for your actions will make getting out of bed that much more motivating.