Some days are easier to get motivated to workout than others.
Yesterday, I literally put on my leggings on backwards before my workout started. I just felt a little zonked and out of it.
To put it nicely, I wasn’t motivated to workout at all. I would have rather cleaned. Actually, I would have rather taken a nap.
But my goals were more important.
Most of the time, my goals are enough to motivate me to workout; however, I’m not perfect by any means. I got down after seeing some negative things online, and I started comparing myself to every woman with a pulse.
Before I give you the 4 things that I do to get motivated to workout, let me share the one thing that zaps my energy:
Comparing myself to others.
I know it’s wrong. I totally believe that comparison of anything can steal all of your joy; be strong in who you are and what you want. Though – I think it’s normal to get down and fall into old ways sometimes. You just have to fight it and cut it off every time a negative thought creeps in.
Besides putting my negative thoughts in their own place (basically a mental dump!) and repeating my goal to build a healthy body -not necessarily chiseled-, I use these 4 tips to get excited about exercising.
4 Ways to Get Motivated to Workout
1. Surround yourself with positive role models.
I recently stopped my subscription My subscription to US ran out recently, and instead of renewing it, I signed up for Oxygen. The magazine focuses on real women that are incredibly strong both physically and mentally. They are the real deal that are eating clean and working out while also having a full-time job, kids, and a marriage usually. While I don’t always agree with their advertising, I do understand having to fund the magazine since it is so focused towards women’s training and health. I also get Self. Some will tease it for being too froo-froo, but they are totally my speed. I love the recipes, happiness tips, and the healthy lifestyle they promote.
I also am in an online accountability group where we all share recipes, tips, workout reviews, questions, meal plans, and our progress. They are an amazing group of people. (Add me on Facebook to join it). They keep me motivated by their kind words and support, but also by their progress!! You don’t have to have a group of local friends into health and fitness, you are reading this right now which means you have a way to surround yourself with good, healthy people.
The magazine and accountability group have talked me into trying a block of P90X3 too! I’m excited to start on Monday!!
The proof is in the shake there. I have tried every caffeinated drink, and I have a high tolerance to it. I also can’t stand coffee. 2 scoops of this stuff helps me wake up and also push harder in my workouts. Read more on how caffeine can help your workouts. Energize is strong stuff though, and it has a lemon-lime taste for those considering it.
3. Motivational Quotes
Quotes can help me through a bad day or a zero-motivation day. I have to go back to comparison here though. I simply and sincerely dislike pictures that are overly buff, airbrushed, or skinny. Just give me the wrote on a background, and I’m gold. Keeping a mantra has even been shown to help keep you motivated during a workout! Check Pinterest for great quotes.
4. Just lace up and do it. If I’m still bummed 10 minutes in, I’ll stop.
This is my last, tough-love way to get motivated to workout. It has a very high success rate for me, especially since I started doing short workouts like T25, 21 Day Fix, and now P90X3. If I make it 10 minutes in, I only have 20 minutes left!
What do you do to get motivated to workout?