Many days at the gym don’t necessarily go like this though. Some days, it’s hard to find the motivation to get out there and kick butt. You’re tired, you want to just lounge at home, you need to run errands – and the list could go on and on. For those days when you aren’t feeling motivated, try one of these tips:
Enlist the help of a friend or coworker who loves exercising, and set up times to work out together. Accountability and friendship are great tools in sticking to your goals. Plus, if you’re competitive you may find you push yourself more when you’re exercising with a partner.
10 minute rule
Put on your workout clothes and sneakers and commit to doing just 10 minutes. If you feel like going home after that, go ahead. But most of the time, you’ll see the hardest part was just getting out the door – once you’re there, you’ll probably want to continue.
Racing to the finish
Sign up to train for a road race, triathlon, or some other type of event. Having a goal to work towards can help you stick to your schedule.
Put some new music on your I-pod – those upbeat tracks can help you push through! A few personal favorites: “Heart of a Champion” by Nelly, “Bossy” by Kelis, “Break my bank” by New Boyz.
Switch it up
If you feel like boredom is contributing to a lack of motivation, consider switching up your routine. If you normally run indoors, get outside and explore your neighborhood. If you are always on the elliptical, change it up and try a spin class.
Make a deal with yourself – check off 10 more workouts, and treat yourself to that new workout tank top or some compression socks.
Lastly, remember to pay attention to your body. If you've been training hard consistently and really don't feel like working out, it may be your body's way of telling you to rest. Take a day or two off, then start fresh again.