How to Get Motivated For Exercise – Even When You Don’t Feel like It…

Female stretching at sunsetYou know you should get up and go and do a workout but some days it is just too hard to leave that warm comfy bed or not just go home after work and laze on the couch whilst watching a movie instead. Learn how to get motivated for exercise when your mind is giving you all the excuses under the sun why you don’t want to do it.

You started off your new exercise regime with such great enthusiasm, but as the days or weeks have gone on you sometimes just can’t find the motivation to do it as often as you should.

You start to come up with all sorts of reasons why you don’t have the time or energy to go and do something active, when you know deep down that you really should.

You started working out for a reason and you know that it is the key to a healthier life, so let’s look at some ways how to get motivated for exercise on a regular basis…

imagine yourself six months from now

Remember Your Why

Think about why you started in the first place, was your reason to lose weight, become more muscular, to get leaner and look good in your clothes. Or was it just to become a fitter person able to do everyday things more easily and live a healthier lifestyle with your family.

Think about how it makes you feel

Remember how you felt after that last workout, relieve that wonderful high you had and how it helped relieve all the stress and tension in your life.

Now think about how you would feel if you don’t do any exercise and just laze about instead and ask yourself ‘Will I regret not doing this?’

woman in swimming pool

Track Your Progress

Keep a journal of where you were at physically and mentally when you first started and how far you have come.

Make a note of things that you can now do that you couldn’t before, whether it is how far you can walk or run or the amount of weight you can lift.

Set Yourself New Goals

Think about you would like to accomplish, whether it’s to lift a certain amount of weight, run a 5K race or just look fabulous in your bikini on holiday. Give yourself a new goal to aim for, something that you would love to personally achieve.

Music

One of the ways that I find always works when I’m not in the mood to work out is to put on some of my favourite upbeat music to psych myself up.

You can make yourself some music mixes of your favourite songs that when you play will always make you feel like exercising.

guitar in the sunshine

Bribe Yourself

Tell yourself that after your workout you are allowed to have something like a yummy smoothie.

Give Yourself Ten Minutes

Tell yourself that you will just do ten minutes of exercise rather than the whole session today. It is very likely that you will start to get the ‘feel good factor’ and carry on, but if not at least you’ve done something.

Get Dressed

Put on your workout clothes and start to move around the house or go to bed in them if you are due to work-out in the morning.

Make an Appointment

Set a regular time when you are going to work-out and keep to it just like you would any other appointment.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WANTING AND ACHIEVING IS DISCIPLINE

Motivational Quotes and Pictures

Keep pictures and quotes that motivate you to exercise around the house, on your phone and on your laptop.

Read Success Stories

You can get some motivation by reading how other women of all ages have successfully transformed their bodies and lives by regularly exercising and eating a healthy diet.

Recruit a Friend

Find a friend that you can work-out with and who will nag you when you don’t want to do it.

Choose Something You Enjoy

It’s no use trying to constantly motivate yourself to go and do something that you really hate doing. There are so many different things that you can do to get a decent workout so just find the one that you can enjoy.

female power lifter

Get a Trainer

Hire a trainer who you can set your training goals and schedule with and who will motivate you to keep going when it starts getting tough.

Reward Yourself

Buy some new workout clothes that make you feel good when ever you wear them.

Finally make a commitment to yourself that you will work-out regularly because you know it is the only way that you can achieve your goals. Remember that regular exercise will help you to live a long and healthy life. Also that working out can make you feel like you can take on the world and will also help make you look fantastic in anything you wear.

Hope this has given you some new ways on how to get motivated to exercise if you needed them, if you have any other ones that I haven’t mentioned why not leave them in a comment below…

Happy Training! 🙂

  
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2 Responses

  1. Jude says:

    Great article! Rekindled my resolve to start something and maintain it. Actually, starting is easy but to do it consistently, I find that extremely challenging. I had a personal trainer 2 years back and he put me through the grill 2-3 times a week. I dreaded but I felt great after each session. #NoPainNoGain

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