Let’s face it, we all have those days, weeks, months, and (eek!) even years when we just can’t get ourselves to get up and go workout. And while it’s true that if you get into a regular cadence, these days become fewer, I can speak from experience that they definitely still occur. And for these times, I use a couple tried and true tricks to give myself the motivation to work out. Now these obviously don’t include the obvious motivations (fitness, health, self esteem, etc.) which work the majority of the time for me. These are for the times when those motivations just aren’t doing the trick. Maybe they’ll work for you too!
- Buy some new workout clothes – There’s no denying that when you get new clothes, you want to show them off. After all, look good, feel good! This is no exception with work out clothes, except instead of flaunting your new leggings and tank top to the bar, you’ll be flaunting them at a gym or on a run, or whatever you do in your fitness attire.
- Pick a new workout – I am always more excited to do a workout when I’ve never tried it before. And even if the novelty wears off after one go, you still got a workout in! And the first workout is always the hardest.
- Make it a hang out session and not just a workout session – Call a friend (yes, I still use this antiquated form of communication) and ask if they want to go for a walk/jog, a skate, a swim or whatever! You don’t have to make it an intense, full on exercise but you’ll still be getting active and catching up with a buddy at the same time! Kill to birds with one stone.