5 Workout Motivation Hacks to Keep You Going
(Even when you don’t feel like it)
So you got motivated, hit the gym, ate right and saw results. But then, you have a few missteps and before long, you slip back into old habits. That’s not good, and you know that you have more in you than to give up so quickly. However, workout motivation is much easier than you think and I have a few strategies to get you pumped everyday to exercise.
Here are a five tips and hacks that may keep you going even when you don’t feel like pushing on:
1. Define your purpose
– Why are you working out? What is the expected outcome? Define something S.M.A.R.T. in your purpose. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant, Time-Based. Simply saying, “I want to feel better” is not SMART. If you want to feel better, then there are thousands of other ways to do that (i.e. volunteering, donating to charity, giving presents to friends, etc.).
2. Write it down
– Write down your purpose on something that is in a frequently visited, highly visible area for you. Apps, social media and computer documents are okay, but aren’t as effective as the old-fashioned method of pen to paper. Then, revisit this purpose a LOT, read it out loud and commit to feeling the outcome.
3. Get it done right away
– If working out is tough for you, then do it first thing in your day. Enough with justifying your morning workout because you aren’t a morning person. That would probably be an even better reason to exercise. Crush your cross feelings, grumpiness and sluggish ways with a killer exercise routine.
4. Have a set time every day
– Yes, every day is crucial to staying on your workout. Even on your rest day, set time aside that you better yourself physically. For instance, rather than workout, you could play your favorite sport, stretch, go for a walk or stay active in any fashion. Stay consistent with the same time every day. Now and then, you can break away from it, but don’t venture too far off the beaten path.
5. Get a workout partner
– Having a workout partner makes exercising fun and less of a drag. My wife and I are great gym partners even if we don’t workout with each other. We go to the gym at the same time, ask each other how our routines are progressing and keep each other accountable to our goals. Pick someone reliable and if they leave you, then find someone else and keep trucking along.
What are your best workout motivation tips? How do you push on even when you don’t feel like it? Remember this quote when you slip up and need to get back into your workouts:
When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.
While my greatest passions are health & fitness, writing and reading, I also love to spend time traveling with my wife, watching pro wrestling and playing guitar. I currently reside in Columbus, Ohio, with my wife, Kelli, and our rescue cat, Izzie.