We’ve all been there. We’re on a good streak of working out and then . . . we lose all momentum.
Strategies to Motivate Yourself When You Don’t Feel Like Working Out
1. Work Out Shorter and Smarter
The other day, I had a small pocket of 30 minutes to exercise and pick up my son from soccer practice. I almost talked myself out of it. Instead, I found a 15-minute HIIT spin ride. I worked hard. Really hard.
For some suggested HIIT workouts, check out my Pinterest boards.
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2. Don’t Stick to a Schedule
This may sound counterintuitive but it works for me.
When I plan on exercising on scheduled days, I don’t. Life gets in the way. A parent-teacher conference conflicts with a yoga class. A spin class conflicts with a hair appointment.
Instead, I tell myself, I will workout daily. And, most days I do. Whether it’s a walk with my dog or a workout at home after everyone goes to bed, I get myself moving.
3. Exercise at Home
Exercising at home has changed my life.
During snow days, kids home sick or barely squeezing in a workout, I can still find the time to get it done. I’ve done Beach Body, Aaptiv, yoga, free weights, the elliptical, and hilly walks in my neighborhood.
Sometimes, I miss the social aspect of a gym, however, I remind myself that many of my friends belong to gyms but rarely go.
4. Change It Up
Try something new. I’m constantly adding apps to my collection or finding new workouts to try: Couch to 5K, Fight Camp and Pound.* (Be sure to sign up to get blog updates. I have reviews of these coming soon).
Keep your eyes peeled on Facebook, Groupon and Living Social to discover new workouts and deals. I bought a ten pack of yoga classes recently on Groupon for under $100 and got to try out a new studio.
Find something you love. And, then don’t be afraid to change it up again.
I make important phone calls during my walks. I listen to work-related podcasts on the elliptical. How about listening to a book for your book club on Audible? Make a deal with yourself: you can only finish the podcast or book if you work out.
6. Reward Yourself
Reward yourself after a successful session. Go on Facebook, watch your favorite show, catch up with a friend, eat that dessert or go for a pedicure. I play mental mind games with myself all the time. Sometimes, my reward is as simple as a shower.
7. Be Accountable
Each time I work out, I make sure to log it on my Apple Watch using FitIV Pulse. The information gets automatically sent to the Apple Health and LoseIt! apps. I am determined to close the circles on my Apple watch every day, proving that I met my move and exercise goals.
Others log their workouts in a dedicated notebook or place stickers on a calendar. A visual representation of your completed workouts can help keep you on track.
Check-In with Others
Whether it’s a texting a friend, posting in a Facebook group, or telling your spouse, making someone aware of your exercise goals can help to motivate you.
My kids have learned to ask me, “Did you work out today?” Do you want to know why? I allow them to watch TV or play electronics as long as they don’t interrupt me. It’s a win-win situation.
Also, since my blog focusing heavily on health and fitness, I feel an extra obligation to exercise regularly.
8. Surround Yourself with Visual Motivational Quotes
Hang up inspirational messages around the house. Check out some of mine on my Motivational Fitness Quotes Pinterest board.
9. Find a Friend
Meet up with friends at the gym. Instead of going for coffee, hike with a friend. Surround yourself with those who also value healthy living.
10. Be Inspired by Others
Watch a YouTube video of someone overcoming their challenges. This video always gets to me.
Follow your favorite fitness influencer on Facebook or Instagram. Just looking at Peloton instructor Robin Arzon’s abs on Instagram make me feel guilty about skipping a workout.
What motivates you? Please share below. And let’s keep the conversation going on Facebook.