7 Unique Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout
Whether you are just starting out or a fitness devotee, staying motivated is a common pitfall for many. Let's take a look at 7 unique ways to motivate yourself to workout.
1. Keep it in View
Your workout clothes, sneakers, hand weights and the like should not be tucked in a drawer or in the closet. Keeping these items in view, and one of the first things you see when waking up triggers your brain that exercise is a priority in your life. If you don’t have the room to keep these items out in the open, post a note on the bathroom mirror to remind you to exercise and stay healthy.
2. Use online workout logs
It doesn’t matter if you post your accomplishments to your Facebook friends, tweet about your daily achievements or use a formal workout tracker – these are all ways that hold a person accountable, and you can easily see your progress, and this helps to keep you motivated.
3. Support Groups
We are born to be in commune with each other and that would include a workout partner. There are many online support groups that are a safe place to share your high and low points. Just knowing that other people are going through some of the same things that you are, may keep you motivated to keep going, and never give up (or get bored) with your workout routine.
4. Start Small
One of the reasons that we burn out quickly, may be due to the fact that our goals are too big. Big goals are great, but break them down into small goals. Commit to just 5 minutes of exercise a day, once you have the routine in place, the time and intensity of your workout will easily increase.
5. Rejoice in Successes
No matter how small, each accomplishment is a success, and one step closer to your ultimate goal. Treat yourself to a day at the spa at the end of each month or enjoy a relaxing steam after each workout.
6. Avoid Boredom
It is easy to give up on your workout routine when it gets dull, and also your body will no longer respond in a positive manner. It is encouraged to change things up twice a month or so.
7. Do your homework
Once you understand how food affects our bodies, and all aspects of fitness (agility, flexibility and strength) are needed for your benefit, it will be easy to stay motivated (and injury free) knowing that you will have a long, healthy life ahead of you. Knowledge is Power.
We hope that these 7 unique ways to motivate yourself to workout has gotten you up from the couch and out of your slump. Enjoy a healthy life that is filled with laughter, friends and plenty of exercise.