Even if you love working out and breaking a sweat, there are times when getting up off the coach and hitting the gym can seem like the last thing you want to do. While you should certainly listen to your body (especially if you’re not feeling well or recovering from an injury), if it’s just your mind being lazy, here are some ways to get motivated and get your body moving.
Remind yourself why you’re doing it. Ask yourself why you want to workout and focus on that. Want a more steady reminder? Write down your goals and keep them somewhere you look often. If your desire to accomplish your goals is greater than your desire to hit snooze/watch TV/take a nap you’ll be lacing up your sneakers in no time. And, if not, well, we think it’s about time to revise those goals of yours!
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Race yourself. Whether you’re hitting the pavement or spinning your wheels, see how far you can go in 2 minutes, take a 1 minute break, and then see if you can beat it!
Download a new playlist. Numerous studies show that music can motivate you to workout harder (and we don’t disagree) but we like to think of our playlists as not only motivating us but also transporting us. So, download a new playlist and pretend you’re at a party dancing and rocking out. An hour at a dance club goes by considerably faster than an hour on the treadmill!
Play tourist. It’s easy to feel like you’re running in circles when you’re, well, literally running in circles around a track. If you take your workouts outdoors, switch up your route and tour your city as if you were in a foreign place by exploring a new neighborhood or finding a new scenic trail.
Call a friend. It’s not only a lifeline on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire but it’s also a lifeline on our fitness plans. When motivation is lacking, pick up your phones (come on, you’re not that lazy!) and get a friend to drag you to yoga or buddy up for a walk.
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