How to Motivate Yourself to Workout When You Aren't Feeling It!
Sometimes, finding the motivation to work out can be just as hard — if not harder — than doing the workout itself. That's why learning how to stay motivated is an essential part of any fitness routine, whether you've been working out for years or you're beginning a new health journey. Fortunately, there are lots of healthy ways to encourage yourself to get moving.
Stick with workouts you enjoy
This is key to staying motivated to exercise on a regular basis. Once you find the workouts the genuinely bring you joy you will keep coming back! Whether that’s a HIIT class, spin, hiking or kayaking! Find something you enjoy and it won’t become a chore!
Find a workout buddy
Sometimes, it is easier to let yourself down by skipping a workout than letting a friend down by missing it! Combine your workout with a brunch and your day is off to a great start.
Pair long walks with your favourite podcast
A good podcast can make even hour-long walks fly by, and you'll probably learn something as well!. For a double dose of health and wellness, consider listening to one of these mental health podcasts the next time you take a stroll.
Pay for a workout class
If paying for a workout class simply isn't in your budget right now, don't do it — you can work out outdoors, or at home, for free! If it is possible for you to pay for a workout class, however, doing so might be a good way to motivate yourself to exercise. If you're anything like me, you won't waste that money by skipping out.
Exercise is medicine, no matter where you do it. But research shows that spending time in nature can be especially beneficial for overall health and wellness. It's also just more fun! So if you're struggling to find the motivation to work out, take your workout outdoors. Whether you walk, bike, hike, roller blade, or run, knowing your workout will double as quality time with nature might help you feel more motivated to get it done.
Set goals you can realistically achieve
Why not set a goal such as working out three times a week? The key is that the goal isn't 'work out Monday, Wednesday, Friday' and, if you miss a day, you miss the goal. The goal should be flexible to how you are feeling and what times work for your schedule. Each week is different, and we all have busy lives so allowing yourself to be flexible makes goal setting much more achievable.
Don’t compare your body or fitness journey to others
There are amazing communities and positive inspiration on Instagram, but there is also a lot of comparison. Comparison can be the enemy of happiness, and it can also very quickly zap your motivation. Instead of comparative 'body inspiration,' use your own body as inspiration, It can already do so many incredible things, and working out is a way to push your body in a safe way to do even more