I’ll be honest with you, my workouts are not the highlight of my day. I do them ONLY to conserve muscle and maintain my health. On the other hand, some people can’t wait to workout, and if you’re one of them that’s great!
Once I get going I usually enjoy the workout (especially the wave of endorphins that inevitably follows), but it’s that initial push to get to the gym or start the workout at home that I struggle with most.
Seeing as how this isn’t a new challenge for me, I’ve developed a few strategies over the years that encourage me to get going and make my workouts something I can kinda look forward to!
So if you’re not too fond of exercise or if you just aren’t particularly motivated to workout right now, you might want to spice up your workouts with one or two of the following tips.
1. Change up your playlist.
Music is a HUGE factor in my workout, so I like to change up my playlist frequently. If you don’t want to purchase more music, you can always try a new Pandora station or download Spotify.
2. Try a new location.
I know that routines can be very helpful and productive, but sometimes I just get sick of the SAME. THING. EVERY. DAY. When I start feeling like this, exercising in a different location can really help increase my motivation. If you normally workout at home, try an outdoor session or head to a gym. If you’re normally at a gym, getting sweaty at home can lower the effort it takes to start your workout (no more of the “I have to drive all the way to the gym and then drive all the way home after” excuse).
3. New workout gear.
When I’m in a rut, sometimes new workout capris or a colorful sports bra is just what the doctor ordered to boost my motivation. It may be short-lived, but it definitely helps add a little pizzazz to my workout. My favorite option for a workout pick-me-up is C9 by Champion at Target, but when I want to splurge, I’ll head to Athleta or Lululemon.
This is the pattern on my newest capris from Athleta.
I absolutely LOVE them! Get em here.
4. Different types of exercise.
I’ve found that changing up what I do at the gym helps me look forward to my sweat sessions a bit more. If I’ve been doing a lot of interval sessions, I add in more weights. If I’ve done mainly weights, I add in some intervals or bodyweight exercises. If you’re looking for some ideas, check out my workout program. It gives you 4 weeks worth of workouts that don’t require any equipment – just some space and your body. How’s that for different?
5. Trick yourself into getting started.
Yeah I know it sounds a little ridiculous, but it works! There are some days that I am fighting myself tooth and nail. (imagine a 3 year old throwing a temper tantrum – “but I don’t WANT to workouuuuuutttt!”) On those days I say “Hight, all you gotta do is get yo’ ass moving for 5 minutes! That’s all! Then you can quit and flop on the couch…” And you know it’s the strangest thing – by the time I’m through those first 5 minutes, I usually am feeling great and want to finish the workout.
6. Get a gym buddy.
Knowing that someone is going to be counting on you to show up at the gym is SO helpful in the motivation department. Plus it makes your workouts way more entertaining! I remember back in grad school I worked out with my friend Abby on several occasions, and we have a lot of fond memories from those early morning lifting sessions. :) Find someone that has similar goals as you do, then hold each other accountable to show up at the gym each time.
I know with the New Year right around the corner and the holidays upon us, it’s tempting to say “I’ll go to the gym consistently once January 1st rolls around.” But here’s an idea — I’m suggesting that you NOT wait until the ball drops to start a routine. If your motivation is low right now, then you can use these strategies to make working out a more attractive option and stave off the holiday poundage.
Oh obviously, these are only a few ways people can get motivated to go to the gym. How do you motivate yourself to workout when you’re feeling not so jazzed about it? Leave your ideas in the comments please!