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How To Get Motivated To Exercise

Talking Yourself into Keeping Fit When You Don’t Feel Like It

How To Get Motivated To Exercise? Once you decide to put energy into working out and schedule a workout routine, sticking to it may begin to feel like a chor. So what do you do to keep yourself from losing motivation on your journey toward fitness?

Putting Your Workout Gear In Plain View

Put your workout clothes or your equipment somewhere you can see them, possibly when you wake up in the morning. This helps to remind you to work out because seeing your training gear is a visual cue of sorts. Visual cues act as a reminder to the brain. Of course, you have other daily priorities, as does everyone else. This is why if you need to remind yourself to exercise, or need to get motivated to exercise then you should do so. You can designate specific spots where you can put your workout gear. Particularly in areas in your home, where you spend most of your time and can use the gear.

Set Fitness Goals

Setting up goals can also help you get motivated to exercise. This could be an upcoming marathon on your calendar or a pair of jeans you intend to fit into by a certain period. Just remember that your goals should be realistic with concise milestones. Working towards your goal will have an evident ripple effect on your life. Make sure you define your goal, write it down, and make sure you revisit it every day. Your goals should be realistic in that you should be able to tailor your life to attaining the said goals.


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Scheduling Regular Workout Sessions

Most dedicated exercisers, opt to work out early in the morning before their daily routines or late at night before going to bed. Come up with a weekly schedule whereby you can dedicate an hour or even 20 minutes to working out daily. Set an alarm if you opt to work out early in the morning so you have a reason to get out of bed. Early morning workouts can also leave you feeling more energized so you can work more efficiently all day. Convincing yourself that you will work out after putting down the kids to sleep, or after coming out of a meeting can result in failure. A last-minute occurrence is bound to derail you from your workout. Scheduling your workout on the calendar and rearranging your activities around your workout time works very effectively in keeping on track with your fitness. You can also use apps, journaling websites, or daily e-mail reminders to help you get motivated to exercise.

 

Incorporating Variety and Fun Into Your Workout

If you want to remain motivated to work out, you need to change your workout or keep things interesting. Having fun while you work out is a surefire way to keep you motivated on your journey. You can do this via a sculpting or toning class with a weekly choreography change, or running on a different trail every week. Tailor a workout routine around various exercise methods and include activities you enjoy so that you can look forward to your workout every time. Varying your workout also challenges your body because you will train all kinds of muscles you never even knew existed.

Get Support from Others

You can work out with a buddy or a group of people looking to become fit as well. This will be your source of accountability, inspiration, and motivation on your fitness journey. You can help each other stay on track and motivate each other.

32 thoughts on “How To Get Motivated To Exercise

  1. Very useful article. I gave birth 6 months ago and since than I am trying every day to convince myself to start excercising but I always fail.
    Your article really helped me and starting from tomorrow I will apply your tips.

    1. Thank you for the comment, when I started to exercise daily I, also had to convince myself to exercise (a lot!), or to make time for it. I know It’s not easy, but It’s worth it!
      Let me know how you are doing, and If there is anything I can help with.
      Enjoy your new Star 🙂

  2. This article was really helpful, I’m currently trying to lose weight and this helped me so much, because I hate doing cardio and this motivated me.

    1. Hey Ashley, I’m so glad you found this article helpful! If you are looking to lose weight I recommend you read a recent article I posted, “Fat Burning Foods“, which I’m sure you’ll like too! If you have any question, please let me know.
      Thanks!

  3. Hey, Emma!

    I can totally relate to your article. For me a big one was scheduling the workout. It made all the difference. Like actually putting it in my calendar.
    Also goal setting was huge. Although I chose a quite an unrealistic one, at least as of where I am now, it totally gets me excited to everytime work towards that. And I’m actually pretty confident that in time and with persistent action, I can totally make it come in to reality.

    From what I’ve read in some recent studies is that it’s way more efficient to exercise in the morning. I don’t really remember the whole science behind it, but it does also improve sleep quality and has many other benefits over exercising in the afternoon or even midday.
    Just wanted to throw it out there.

    Cheers and thank you!
    Matiss

    1. Hey Matiss,
      I’m glad you found a way to make it work for you. I really believe that nothing can stand in the way of will, if you want it enough and work for it, you will have it.
      About when is the best time to work out? There are different benefits to working out in the morning or night, while Morning workouts can give you extra energy, extra testosterone, increased metabolism and help sleep better, Night workouts can help reduce long lie-in, maximize strength and help with stress relief.
      So there is no one right way. There are benefits to both morning and evening workouts, just find the time!
      When? Whenever works with your schedule and fitness goals 🙂
      I hope this helped, Thank you for the comment.

      1. Hey, Emma!

        Mmm, some extra stress relief would definitely not hurt. I have a very high-stress-high-responsibility day job.
        So, I mean, you’re right! I should hit the gym twice a day! Or do it in the morning and do some jogging in the afternoon.

        For question purposes, lets call them work-out days. What would you consider the best frequency for these kind of workout days? Are there any limitations as to how many of those I should have a week? Does it completely depends on where I want to go with it?

        Cheers!
        Matiss

        1. Hey Matiss,
          First I just want to say that I’m not a doctor and everything here is an advice only.
          With that said, It really depends on what you want to achieve, If you want to be bulk with huge muscles you’ll need to work out more than twice a week and add a meal plan that will help you gain those muscles, If you want to improve your health and be more active, A work-out 2-3 times a week and eating healthy will help you get there.
          My best advice is just START! Go to the gym or work-out out side, go once, twice or as much as you can. Find a way to make it work for you!
          I hope you found this helpful, Thanks for the comment

  4. Great read. I hate exercise, the need for it, and the way it’s thought of. For me, I prefer to “stay active.” I don’t want to feel like I’m working out for the sake of it. I want to be having fun doing something physically active. Play a sport, go on a hike, ride my bike, ride a horse.. anything fun, recreational etc that still gets me moving. That’s my personal motivation.

    Clean, healthy eating and staying hydrated always helps. If I feel good, I want to do more.

    1. Hey Freya,
      I agree! To feel good you need to have balance, eating healthy along with an active lifestyle will fill your body with the nutritions you need to live a healthy life. Any physical exercise is good, it keeps you fit and strong, both mentally and physically.
      I also enjoy most of the activities you mentioned, one of my favorites is surfing, I love the beach and the waves 🙂
      It matters less what you do to stay active, if it’s the gym or a different activity, the important thing is to be active, eat healthy and stay hydrated as you said 🙂
      Thank you for your comment.

  5. Hey,
    Nice article, and I totally agreed with you!
    I love running and have developed a routine to run 30 minutes in the morning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 60 minutes on Saturday and Sunday. Believe scheduling regular session and stick to it is the hardest part. I also get some different routes to rotate for Saturday and Sunday.
    I’m a solo runner but prefer to find a buddy.

    Brian

    1. Hey Brian, I agree it’s hard scheduling a regular time for it but once you do it’s worth it 🙂
      I’m glad you found a schedule that works for you, now the second hard part is to stick to it, as you said, and I believe you can!
      Thanks for your comment

  6. This article was very helpful to me. I am new to starting a workout program at my local gym. This gave me some good ideas and I look forward to setting up my workout schedule and doing my best to follow it. Thank you for such an informative post. You have a great website here!

    1. Thanks! I’m happy to read you’re doing something for yourself, to improve your health 🙂
      Let me know how you’re doing and if there’s anything else I can help with

  7. These are some strong motivators. Never thought to put workout gear in plain view. I want so badly to change my lifestyle and lose weight but it has been hard staying consistent and breaking those life long habits. I am so glad I found this article. I will be putting these tips to good use. Thank you for posting!

    1. Hi, Thanks! I’m happy you found this helpful 🙂
      Would love to hear about your progress for a healthier lifestyle. If you have any questions, let me know.

  8. I think I should try out working out with my friends. Since I tried all the things on this list but not this one. I just want to be able to push more in the gym. I hope a friend is all I need.

    1. Working out with friends helps me a lot when I feel unmotivated, I hope It will help you too!
      I would love to hear about your progress, let me know if you have any questions.

  9. I recently started my workout. Sometimes I feel lazy and don’t do it regularly. As you said I will set up goals to achieve milestones step by step. Thanks for the post!

    1. Setting up goals helped me a lot to break it down so it won’t seem overwhelming and exhausting, It also helped me to stay focused on what I want. Thanks for your comment. Best of Luck on your journey, let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  10. Great tips! I always find new ways to motivate myself to exercise and your article helps a lot. Thank you for sharing your inputs. All the best.

  11. Yep, I do need motivation! I am going on a cruise in November and I want to look decent in my bikini. The best choice for me is to get support from others. Then the rest is easy. I find having a work out buddy helps me tremendously. Being a bit competitive, I then work a lot harder LOL. Great suggestions!

    1. I love working out with a friend, for motivation and support. I’m glad you like my post.
      Let me know if you have any questions

  12. Support from others is so critical for anyone (including myself) to get moving. While we all seem to know the benefits of exercise, knowing and doing are 2 totally different things 🙂 Support can make a huge difference!

    1. Hey Christina, I agree! Support from friends and family can help so much!! My fitness buddy helped me stay on track many times.
      Thanks for your comment.

  13. Hey, I absolutely agree with you on this! Getting motivated seems to be harder than the workout itself sometimes. If I plan to workout, I have to do it in the morning because something always comes up in the evening or I’m just to tired. However, I’m on the same page with FreyaM. I try to incorporate staying active in my everyday activities – I’m more successful that way.

    1. People live different lives and have different priorities, there is no one right way to do this. I’m happy you found a way that works for you!
      Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your comment!

  14. Its an interesting article. I always try to find the perfect time to go for walks, sometimes its mornings, sometimes its evenings. I liked the steps put forward in your post and hope to follow them. I am not a morning person, but sometimes make time for walks in the morning when i keep my walking-gear out in the open to see. It definitely helps! Thanks

  15. Hi. For me, the strategy that works best is to have my yoga props spread out all over the place. this works great as every time I stand up from using the computer I either trip over something or take hold of it and give my body some much-needed stretching. A change of scenery is always nice as well. Yoga is so versatile I’m inspired to do some everytime I go out into nature.
    Thanks for the great website. I look forward to more tips and great recipes in the future.
    Kind regards
    Andrew

    1. Hey Andrew,
      I love yoga, It’s a great way to get your body moving. I also enjoy running and swimming when I can.
      I’m glad you like my website, there are more articles and tips to come soon.
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

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