How To Motivate Yourself To Work Out (When You’re Not Feeling It)
You have no good reason to skip the gym today, but you really don’t feel like it. We’ve all been there! But how to motivate yourself to work out anyway? These top tips are worth a try!
It Happens to Everyone
Motivation comes and goes. Nobody is 100% motivated 24/7. But it’s not a reason to stop working out and throw your goals out the window. Instead of beating yourself up, pick yourself up!
It takes some time but you need to find how to motivate yourself to work out. The top tips below might help you!
Lack of Motivation or Fatigue?
If you are genuinely tired because you’ve had a crazy schedule, or if you’ve been working out a lot and your body needs a break, then you should take a rest day. You’re not slacking, you’re allowing yourself to recover.
You’ll feel so much better tomorrow and you’ll be super motivated to get back to the gym.
But if you’re skipping workouts just because you’re “not feeling it”, it might be time to break the cycle.
How to Motivate Yourself to Work Out: 6 Top Tips
1. Wear your favourite gym outfit
You’ll find it easier to get yourself to the gym if you’re wearing the outfit that makes you feel the most confident.
2. Do what you feel like doing
Today was meant to be your cardio session but the last thing you want is jump on the treadmill. Just change your plans and train legs, or do a full body cable workout, anything you want as long as you enjoy it.
It’s best to adjust your program and get yourself to the gym than rather than stick to the plan for the sake of it and dread your session.
3. Give yourself an incentive
It doesn’t have to be a cheat meal. If you go to the gym, you’ll have a relaxing bubble bath afterwards. If you workout three times a week this month, you’ll treat yourself to a massage. Rewarding yourself if a great way to stay on track.
4. Book classes
Usually you’re getting charged if you cancel a class just before the starting time. You’re then more likely to go than pay for not going. Plus, trying different gym classes has motivational benefits as it helps you mix up your routine.
5. Keep it short but effective
If you can’t see yourself staying an hour at the gym, don’t. Maybe it’s the perfect occasion to try that new HIIT circuit you saw on Youtube. An intense 15min workout will get you moving and release endorphins. You’ll feel much better than if you stay home and do nothing.
6. Think about that post workout feeling (and selfie)
I found that this is the tip that works best for me. When I don’t feel like working out, I remind myself how great and accomplished I feel after my session. This is usually enough to get me going. Plus, if you’ve worked out, you’ve earned the right to take a proud post-workout gym selfie!