Even the most dedicated, passionate exercisers have days where they just don’t feel like getting out of bed, let alone feeling motivated to work out. Just getting started is the most difficult part, and usually just by giving yourself a reminder of how good you feel when you’re done is enough. There are some people who don’t enjoy exercise as much and seem to give into the temptation to miss that healthy dose of physical activity far too easily.
Eventually, one day turns into several, and the good exercise habit that was developed quickly goes to the wayside. Don’t give up, the next time you try and talk yourself into skipping your work out consider these tips for getting motivated.
Turn up the tunes and commit to just five minutes of exercise
A favorite upbeat song gets many people moving. Tell yourself that you only have to commit to five minutes of movement, and before you know it you’ll feel great as well as motivated to begin your workout routine. Not only can music inspire you to start, it can often help you work out harder and longer.
If you’re an early morning exerciser, consider setting your alarm clock to one of your favorite upbeat songs to get you in the mood; or even better, put that alarm clock far out of reach so you have to get out of bed to shut it off. By the time you reach it, the music may have already done its magic.
Motivational quotes that inspire work outs
Keep a list of motivational quotes easily accessible for days that you don’t want to work out.
• “The stronger you are, the better you feel.”
• “The hardest step for a runner is the first one out the front door.”
• “The body achieves what the mind believes.”
• “Do not give up; the beginning is always the hardest.”
• “Of course, it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.”
Get dressed for the part
You can trick your mind to want to get in the exercise groove just by going through the normal actions you would to get ready to workout. Get your workout clothes on, lace your shoes and fill up your water bottle.
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Tell your friends
Tell everyone you know, through Twitter or Facebook pages, of your workout plans. It’s a lot harder to skip out when you know there are people you might be inspiring to exercise. When you’ve finished, you can boast about your accomplishments.
Find something new
You might be getting bored with your exercise routine if it’s becoming more and more difficult to get motivated to workout. Try a change of location – a new running route or trail, or check out a fitness class. Any type of physical activity, as long as you get your heart rate up, is productive.