Exercising can be extremely difficult even before you step foot in a gym. Oftentimes packing a work out bag or setting your alarm early are good intentions that just aren’t enough, and you find yourself lacking the motivation to exercise.
It is not uncommon to avoid the gym at all costs. Many people are too busy “washing their hair” or making other excuses instead of acting. No matter what your excuses are, the fact is, if you want to be healthy, you must exercise and if you are lacking the motivation to do so, then you have to find ways to motivate yourself. I am the worst for procrastinating on the exercise front. I know that I need to get motivated this year and lose 100 pounds so I am going to start small and work my way up to full gym visits but here is a list to help get you started.
Write Down Your Goals
Take the time to sit down and write out what you hope to achieve. Having your goals written out in front of you will give you something to reference when you are feeling like skipping a workout. Goal setting is extremely important to your exercise motivation. Having visuals that go along with your goals can also help you focus on achieving them. If there is a certain outfit you want to be able to wear or a hurdle you wish to overcome, print off visuals to remind yourself of them.
Have a Buddy System
Having a friend to exercise with you is a good way to keep each other accountable, especially if you have a competitive side. Engaging In a friendly competition with your friend is helpful to your success. Challenge each other to see who can plank longer or who can reach a step goal first. Friendly competition can help you develop the motivation you require to stick with your routines.
Make a Playlist
Music can work as an excellent motivator. Creating your own exercise playlist on your device is a great way to pump yourself up for a workout. If you feel yourself starting to make excuses not to go to the gum, turn on your mix and listen. Chances are just by hearing your playlist you will start moving and won’t stop until the exercise is done. Track Your Progress
Track Your Progress
Having something to track your daily progress is a great way to motivate yourself. There are so many different fitness trackers available today and some can even be downloaded for free on your device. Tracking your progress can help you challenge yourself more by making you want to compete with yourself. While you may not see your progress in your appearance or fitness level right away, a fitness tracker can help you see just how much you have accomplished (and what you didn’t accomplish on the days you slacked.)
If you have been feeling unmotivated lately, remember to write down your goals, find a friend that has similar fitness needs, make an inspiring playlist and track your personal progress. Staying motivated to exercise isn’t always easy but it’s worth it.