Motivating yourself to exercise can be really difficult. When it comes to weight loss and fitness, more often than not, it comes down to mental strength, than physical strength. We are VERY good at making 101 excuses why we shouldn’t go, so it’s harder to motivate yourself and get yourself in a mental space to actually go! The thing is, no one has ever regretted doing a workout. You always feel good after you have.
Fitness experts are sharing how they find the motivation to work out even when they’ve zero interest.
- Check in with yourself and ask yourself why? On days when you really just don’t want to work out, you have to check in with yourself. This is where you learn to understand yourself and practice positive self-talk. If it’s a day when you really don’t want to work out, ask yourself why. Is it because you’re sick? Are you really sore? Have you been training and it’s just one day that you don’t feel like it? We need rest and that’s OK. Whether it’s with training or with diet, we have a million moments in a day where we can make a positive change and a step toward what our goal is.
- Skip the gym and get outside: Go for a walk – even just doing something will make you feel so much better than doing nothing.
- Remind yourself of your goals: if you notice that you’re ghosting your workout more and more, it’s time to take a good hard look at your end goal. What do you want? What’s your goal and what are you willing to sacrifice to get that? Nothing is easy and when it comes to changing your mind, self esteem and body, nothing is free, it takes work and time…It’s about what you can do today. Don’t worry about what’s happening tomorrow.
- Get a workout buddy: We all know that we’re far more likely to not want to let a friend down; so if we know they’re waiting for us at the gym or at the bottom of the mountain for a hike, we’re less likely to cancel.
- Create a reward system: As long as the rewards have nothing to do with food. You can make it as simple as: If I go to gym 3x a week, for a whole month, I’ll spoil myself with a massage. It gives you an incentive to work towards and not just the numbers on the scale.