Working out is hard enough, but what is more annoying is getting yourself workout when you aren’t motivated. In fact I have a harder time starting to exercise, than I do actually exercising! Which I know sounds insane, but an object in motions stays in motion, or so physics says. There are plenty of sites that will tell you how to get a great workout, but it’s kind of surprising just how few will tell you how to get the ball rolling. Luckily we have these top 5 ways to motivate yourself to work out.
Number 1: Get A Picture Of Your Goal
This one is pretty simple, get yourself a picture of your goal and look at it. Now, you don’t necessarily want something that is unrealistic, but making sure that it’s something close to what you want. Then put that picture in a place that you will see every day. If you work out in the morning, then a good place to put it would be right in your bathroom mirror. Remember to take your time and really focus on it, it does nothing if you let it become so big a part of your routine that you no longer notice it.
Number 2: Break It Down Into Smaller Steps
If you only focus on the big picture it can get overwhelming, which can make it even harder to start. Breaking it down in to smaller steps keeps you grounded in the things you have to do to accomplish your goals. Just think about it like this, it’s a lot easier to tie your shoes and head out the door, than it is to run a mile, but chances are if you did the little stuff, you’re going to follow through.
Number 3: Listen To Some Music
This tip is probably my favorite. There’s nothing quite like popping on a good tune and getting yourself worked up. Just pick something up beat and let it psych you up. Just feel it until you get ready to hit it!
Number 4: Talk To Yourself
Talking to yourself sounds a little crazy, but really it’s not. One of the best ways you can get yourself excited is to tell yourself it’s what you want. I know we’ve been conditioned not to talk to ourselves by society, but no one else needs to hear you. Just repeat your mantra a few times, to get yourself ready to go.
Number 5: Remember Why You’re Getting In Shape
This may sound a lot similar to the first tip, this is a little different though. You want to remember why you want your goal. Whether it’s to look better, feel better, or be healthier, the reason why carries a lot of impact for you. And you can use that emotional impact to carry you through you hesitancy.
I find it odd that not a lot of weight-loss programs don’t spend a lot of time focusing on motivation to get things done, and it’s one of the most important parts. Which is why I made sure to cover that in my book, “I am so sick of dieting!” I created it to be a program that not only gets you in shape, but keeps you coming back, so that you stay that way.