As if working out isn’t hard enough, finding the motivation to work out can sometimes be even harder. Even though we know that we will feel better after a workout, we sometimes can’t force ourselves to hit the gym. Fortunately for all of us who struggle to find the motivation to work out, there are easy and effective tricks that can help you reach your goals. Read on to discover how you can motivate yourself to exercise regularly:
Write down your goals
Most people have a hard time winning the battle of immediate versus long-term gratification, which is why it’s important that you are able to instantly remind yourself of your long-term plans. You can do this by writing down your biggest goal on a piece of paper which you’ll put in a visible place, such as the fridge or the mirror. What is more, you can write down little messages for yourself on post-its which you can stick to your computer, or even write small reminders on your wrists. Remind yourself that it can take between a month and two for the first results to become visible, and just because you can’t see any progress immediately, it doesn’t mean you should give up.
Log your progress
Just as you’ll be reminding yourself that the results won’t be clearly visible until later, you should also write down the things you’ve been doing. This way, you’ll keep in mind how much hard work you’ve put into this project of yours. You can do this in many ways: take a photo of your body on the first day of your ‘workout journey’, write down your measurements, keep a blog or a diary of your workout sessions, and keep writing down everything you did over the following weeks and months. This will allow you to see the progress you’ve made even if the results aren’t immediately visible on your body.
Get new gear
Be it shallow or not, when you know that you look good in your workout gear, you’ll feel motivated to hit the gym. Don’t hesitate to treat yourself with the things you really need: comfy Nike leggings and sports bra, Shure SE846 headphones, training shoes by Adidas, and an Under Armour sweatshirt. Not only will you look fantastic, but you’ll also feel motivated to put this gear to good use after you’ve gone out of your way to buy it.
Find a workout buddy
It’s a known fact that working out in pairs or groups keeps people motivated longer, so why don’t you find a workout buddy? This way, you will motivate each other when you start feeling tired, and you’ll keep each other’s spirits up. You can make a group chat with your friends where you’ll discuss your next workout session, or create a motivational poster board on Pinterest just for you. Besides, this way, you’ll work out more regularly because you won’t want to disappoint your friends.
We already mentioned that you should monitor your progress and write it down, but you should also treat yourself every once in a while. It doesn’t have to be a big treat – you can put off watching your favorite TV show until after you’ve finished your workout sessions, or you can buy a new shirt, dress, or a pair of shoes when you reach one of your milestones. This will give you something to look forward to, and your mind will begin to associate the sweat with the surge of endorphins.
Hitting the snooze button every once in a while isn’t such a bad idea. Rest days were invented to help your body recover after an exhausting workout, and you will benefit from them for sure. On the other hand, you shouldn’t let yourself become too comfortable with skipping your gym sessions; otherwise, you’ll lose your motivation pretty soon. After a while, you won’t need as much motivation because workouts will become a habit.