Easy tricks that will actually motivate you to work out.
The many health benefits of exercise are widely known, but that doesn’t make it easier to get a workout in.
Even though we may feel motivated to get moving, there are many curve-balls and distractions throughout the day to deter us from getting it done. Here are some tricks to make working out easier and help you stick to your routine.
- Make your playlists as long as you plan on exercising to keep you from taking breaks to switch up songs. The less you think about how much time is left, the more it will just fly by.
- Keep your gym bag in your car or by your desk at work, even if you aren’t going to work out. Not having the right gear will no longer be an excuse.
- Set a few alarms to help you stick to your exercise schedule. When working out becomes part of your routine, you’ll feel bad when you miss a day.
- Join a gym that’s on the way to work. When travel time is shorter, it’s less of a hassle than having to go out of your way to get to the gym.
- Set a deadline for yourself, like signing up for a 5K, that will commit you to training. A little competition and real dates will help you reach your fitness goals before you know it.
- Exercising in the morning is one of the best ways to stick to a routine. Getting your exercise out of the way makes it harder for life to get in the way.
- If you’re an early-morning exerciser, go to sleep in your workout clothes to make the most out of your time in the morning. (Morning workouts also boost your mood and give you more energy throughout the day!)
- When you’re not headed to work or school, wear your gym clothes when out and about. When you are dressed for the part, excuses will become non-existent.
- Be forgiving of yourself. If you indulge too much the night before or miss a day, accept that and don't beat yourself up. Pay attention to what went wrong and move on. Getting hung up on imperfection will only demotivate you and chances are you may have workout blips along the way.
- Lastly, remember that exercise time is “you” time. So make sure to give your body the care it needs - your health literally depends on it!