Finding the motivation to work out can be challenging, even for those who regularly work out.  Sometimes it is just difficult to get yourself out of the door.  I can admit it – there are times when the lure of the couch is very strong.  But I always feel better after working out.  Much better, in fact, than I would just chilling on the couch.

But how do you dig deep and find the motivation to get yourself out the door when the bed feels so warm and relaxing?

These ideas are some of the ideas that work for me and will hopefully work for you as well.  If you have something to add, feel free to leave it in the comments!

How to Motivate Yourself to Workout

Put on workout clothes  

Just the simple act of putting on your workout clothes can help.  Even if you don’t immediately hit the gym, you’ll be reminded to do it.  And since you’re already dressed, you might as well do it, right?

Remember your why

If you’ve decided to make exercise a priority in your life, you’ve likely got a reason for doing so.  Remembering that reason can help you get out the door on those days you just don’t feel like it.  Do you want to lose weight?  Run that 5K?  If you don’t have a why, check out these tips to discover your why – it just might help you break through those barriers that have been holding you back.

Surround yourself with motivation

Social media is great for fitness motivation.  Here you can find all different types of people at different places in their health and fitness journeys.  Find several that you can relate to and follow them on Facebook or Instagram.  Find friends that can provide you with accountability and motivation.  Another idea is to use sticky notes strategically place as motivation and inspiration.

Create or join smaller challenges

While it may seem overwhelming to join a challenge group that lasts for a long period of time, find or create one that lasts for a shorter length of time.  There are lots of daily challenges, weekly challenges or even month long challenges that can keep you moving with daily reminders.  Try our free 30 day fitness and nutrition challenge – it only takes 10 minutes a day!

Listen to uplifting music or inspiration podcasts or books

An upbeat song or an inspirational podcast can really help get you through a workout.  There are plenty of free audiobooks and podcasts that can be downloaded and listened to while you work out.

Find workouts you love

Working out does not have to be torture.  If you don’t like running, don’t do it.  Find something else that you actually do like and you will be much more eager to get out there and do it.  Remember that exercise doesn’t have to be done on a machine or with traditional workouts – dancing, jumping rope or actively playing with your kids counts too!  We’ve got lots of different workouts to browse through here.

Track your progress

Keeping track of your progress can be helpful for those times that you do not feel that you are making progress.  There are plenty of smart phone apps and websites that can help you track your diet and exercise, as well as other things.  You can also connect with other people this way that can motivate you to stay on track.

How do you motivate yourself to workout?  I’d love to hear your comments!

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