Find Your Motivation to Exercise

26 Oct

Wonder what Donnie Wahlberg's motivation to exercise is?

Everyone wants to look and feel great, but even the most dedicated fitness fanatics sometimes have trouble finding the motivation to exercise. Try one of these ideas to bust out of your slump the next time you lack workout motivation:

  • Do something you don’t hate. Everyone doesn’t enjoy the same types of exercise, which is why there are many, many different ways to workout. If you despise running, you’re not going to be able to find the motivation to exercise if you try to make yourself run five miles each day. Take a spinning class, do a Pilates video in your living room, or head to the gym for some quality time with the elliptical — whatever makes you excited, or at least willing to have a good workout.
  • Make your workout work for you. Some people prefer to get up early and exercise before work, others head to the gym at lunchtime, while some make working out part of their evening activities. It doesn’t matter what time of the day you work out, the only thing that matters is that you make time in your day to do it. It will be a lot easier to amp up your workout motivation if it’s not an inconvenience to your schedule.
  • Get a workout partner. You might not think twice about ditching yoga class after a long day if you’re heading there solo, but if someone else is depending on you to be there, you’ll feel obligated to go. You and your workout partner can serve as each other’s motivation for exercise. A little shame never hurt anyone, especially when used as effective workout motivation.
  • Health. Think about the health benefits you’re giving yourself. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise can bring benefits such as helping you to control your weight, a better ability to combat health conditions and diseases, help you sleep better, boost your energy, and much more.
  • Music. Download music that makes you excited to work out. Create an energizing playlist for the gym that will keep you moving for your entire workout.
  • Reward yourself. Even though you know you should work out, some days you’re going to need a little extra motivation to exercise. Encourage yourself to workout with a nice, healthy bribe. This can be anything from allowing yourself an hour to relax on the couch after you’ve clocked your workout time, to buying yourself a new pair of shoes.
  • Satisfaction. If you’re an active person, you know how gross and uncomfortable you feel after not working out for a few days. You’ll do anything to find the time to exercise and stop feeling like a fat sloth. After finishing your workout you feel amazing! It’s really satisfying to know that although you could’ve laid on the couch eating Doritos, you chose to dedicate an hour to being healthy and taking care of yourself.

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