Finding the motivation to work out can be difficult for a lot of reasons. Whether you just had a long week at work or you feel like you aren’t making the progress you want, working up the energy to head to the gym sometimes seems like that last thing on your mind.
In order to try and help you muster the strength to head to the gym, we have compiled a list of 10 ways women motivate themselves to exercise. It is our hope that their ideas will spur your inspiration to make sure you have the body that you want!
Write Down Your Goals and Keep Them Where You’ll See them
Whether your goal is to reduce your waist line or run a 5k, write down your goal and place it somewhere that will remind you of where you want to be.
- Some good places to keep this list could be in your car, on your desk at work, or even on the bathroom counter.
- Keep it simple. You don’t have to write out a long list of goals, but make sure that when you see it you will understand what it means.
Keep this list somewhere you will see it when all you want to do is go home and lay in bed, and you will find it just a little bit harder to skip your next workout.
Create the Perfect Workout Playlist
Music is a powerful motivational tool. Sometimes all it takes to find the motivation you have been looking for is just playing your favorite song that makes you feel like you can take on the world. When creating this playlist, make sure to:
- Keep it upbeat. A beautiful piano concerto might be great for studying, but it’s not the kind of music that will get you to the gym.
- Share it with others so that they can recommend music to you that you could add to the playlist. Everyone has that one song that gets them going. Let your friends share theirs with you!
Start a Buddy System with a Friend
Find a friend who shares your fitness goals and hold each other accountable. This will not only make it harder to skip your next workout, but the time at the gym will go by so much faster if you have someone to talk to and motivate you through the hard parts of your workout.
- If your schedule makes it difficult to go to the gym together, send each other pictures of yourself at the gym in order to make sure the other person is holding up their end of the bargain.
Embrace Your Competitive Side
Not everyone has a competitive side, but if you do, use it to your advantage. Whether this means finding a friend who you can compete against or trying to beat your own best times, find a way to make your personality work for you.
Next time you are at the gym, think of your best work out and try to do one better.
- Never run a 9-minute mile? Head to the treadmill and go for it!
- Want to make it fun? Challenge a friend to a crunches competition and see who can do more!
Wear a Fitness Tracker
This goes along with the competitive element we just described, but it also is a great way to see your progress in live time. Some fitness trackers even have social and competitive elements built in, which can be a good place to start when figuring out your goals.
- Remember: Keep your fitness tracker charged! Nothing is worse than finishing a great workout and realizing it wasn’t being recorded.
Put Your Money where Your Mouth is: Book a Non-refundable Class
Whether it be yoga, Zumba, or strength training, money is a great motivator to make sure you make it to a class. Free classes can be easy to skip when you aren’t feeling motivated, but if you have already paid for the class, it is a lot more difficult to miss.
- Don’t spend money on something you know you’ll never do, but if you have trouble making it to your weekly class, try putting some skin in the game.
- This is also a great opportunity to try something new!
Share Your Progress Online
A lot of people find motivation by sharing their progress with their friends online, whether it be on social media or through email. Find a good place to share your progress and maybe your progress will motivate others to work out!
- If you are active on Facebook, a good place for motivation can be found at the United PF members page.
Keep a Good Exercise Experience in Mind
Sometimes all it takes to head to the gym is remembering a fantastic work out or exercise that filled you with joy the last time you did it. Associating this memory with exercise can be what it takes to send you to the gym, hoping to replicate the memory.
- If you have physical evidence of this memory, whether that be soccer cleats or a 5k medal, keep them in an easily accessed place so you can be reminded of your past success.
Stop Thinking of Yourself as Lazy
Having the right mindset is what motivation is all about. If you consider yourself to be a lazy person, you will fall into lazy habits. Instead, think of yourself as someone who exercises, who loves the gym. This simple trick of the brain can shift the way you think about things and lead you to that next workout in the right state of mind.
Picture a Reward for Yourself Once you Finish your Work Out
Whether this is an extra glass of wine or a piece of chocolate cake, picture a reward for yourself and use it as motivation to head to the gym. Having a tangible thing that you can work towards can be all you need to get off the couch and head to the treadmill.
- In order for this to work, make sure that you aren’t rewarding yourself without putting in the effort. Treating yourself is important, but without working for it, you might end up feeling worse than when you started.
We hope that you can find motivation in these tricks of the trade and that the next time you are thinking about skipping a work out you will keep them in mind!