Finding the motivation to workout on those days when you just don’t feel like it can be difficult. Here are a few tips to help get you up and moving.
Sleep in Your Workout Clothes
This is my favorite tip! It makes it difficult to talk yourself out of working out if you already have the gear on! Plus, if you get up early to work out, it gives you a few more precious minutes to sleep in.
Plan A Reward After Your Workout
Plan for a reward for after your workout. In nice weather, I truly look forward to sitting down with a cup of coffee on my deck in the mornings. To convince myself to workout, I remind myself that I can enjoy that cup of coffee as a reward.
Write Yourself A Note
We all know how good we feel after exercising, but it’s hard to think of that when you are choosing between staying in your comfortable bed or getting up to workout. To remind yourself how good you’ll feel afterward, write yourself a note! Write to your future self telling her how good you feel right now in this moment. Remind her how amazing she will feel too if she just gets out of bed!
Do Something Fun
It’s so much easier to workout if you find an activity you enjoy! If you hate running, chances are you’ll easily talk yourself out of an early morning run. So do something you find fun! Join a kickball league, get out your old tennis racket, take a dance class, join a gym with an indoor pool and swim laps, take your dog for a walk, or go for a bike ride.
Mix it Up
Even if you are choosing an exercise that you enjoy, you might simply get tired of doing the same thing every day. Maybe all the motivation you need is to switch it up. Plan on moving your body daily, but vary the activities throughout the week to keep you interested.
Get An Accountability Buddy
Don’t go it alone! Having an accountability buddy helps keep you motivated to keep up with your workouts. This can work in a few different ways. Find a friend who you will workout with regularly. Or, maybe you and a friend can do the same at home workout and check in with each other daily. Even if you and your accountability partner aren’t doing the same workout, you can call and text each other for motivation and support.
Don’t Give Up
If you miss a workout, don’t throw in the towel. Give yourself some grace and begin again. If you start berating yourself because you missed one day, you’ll quickly lose the motivation to get back to your exercise. Be gentle with yourself.
Sticking with an exercise routine can be tough! If you find yourself losing motivation to workout regularly, try using any combination of the suggestions above to keep you going. And remember, don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day or a week. Re-commit and start again!