How to get Motivated to Workout

If you are like most people, you understand the health benefits of exercise, but that’s not really enough to motivate you. Or, maybe you have motivation for the first few weeks, but ultimately end up skipping more workouts over time, until you stop exercising altogether.

You are not alone! What you need is the right methods for motivating you, which are outlined for you in this blog post.

Stop Having Fitness Rules for Yourself

The very first step to finding the right fitness motivation, and most importantly, sticking to it, is skipping all the current “rules” you have for working out. Don’t worry so much about what you feel you are supposed to do, whether based on so-called fitness experts or your own hard and fast rules.
Your approach to exercise should not just be pushing yourself now in order to reach your goals, but thinking a lot about a long-term lifestyle change. Exercise is so much more than just losing weight or reaching the right fitness level, but being able to maintain this in the future.
Think about the workout rules you have had in the past, whether they were to do certain moves, always forcing yourself to fit in cardio a certain number of days, or making sure you hit the gym 6 days in a row, throw them out the window. That obviously did not work to hold onto your fitness motivation long-term, so it is time to take a different approach for lasting results.

The very first step to finding the right fitness motivation, and most importantly, sticking to it, is skipping all the current “rules” you have for working out. Don’t worry so much about what you feel you are supposed to do, whether based on so-called fitness experts or your own hard and fast rules.
Your approach to exercise should not just be pushing yourself now in order to reach your goals, but thinking a lot about a long-term lifestyle change. Exercise is so much more than just losing weight or reaching the right fitness level, but being able to maintain this in the future.
Think about the workout rules you have had in the past, whether they were to do certain moves, always forcing yourself to fit in cardio a certain number of days, or making sure you hit the gym 6 days in a row, throw them out the window.That obviously did not work to hold onto your fitness motivation long-term, so it is time to take a different approach for lasting results.

Decide When to Workout
Another part of shaking things up in your workout routine in order to get the fitness motivation you need is to experiment a little with the timing of your workouts. Maybe you find that you have been trying to force yourself to exercise in the morning, but it makes it completely unenjoyable. Or trying to get in a run in the evening is almost impossible, so you skip most of them. This is when you know it is time to change things.
Your fitness journey might not be something you love every day, but it shouldn’t feel extremely forced. You should at least have some enjoyment in it in order to stay motivated. This means making tweaks when they are necessary.
Finding the Right Time
Consider your current schedule and the types of workouts you are trying to do, and think about if you can switch up the time of the day. If the summer is approaching, and you have been struggling with afternoon hikes because of how hot it is, maybe you should switch to a gym workout in the afternoon, or try to fit in a hike in the morning. Don’t be afraid to make changes throughout the year, as other people join you, or just
when you feel that motivation slipping and need to try something new.

Start Slow
It is important that you not try to rush or force your fitness journey. If it is something you want to do long-term, you need to turn it into a lifestyle. As cliché as this might sound, it’s true, and it is the only way you will really benefit from it.That is why going slow in the beginning, and working up gradually is the way to go. This means you are slowly adding in more workouts, gradually increasing the intensity, and only switching things up when it is needed. This need might come from hitting a plateau, your body adjusting to the previous workouts, or maybe just because you’re getting
bored and losing your motivation.
Keep in mind that a journey is never linear. There are a lot of ups and downs, and plenty of curves. Take each thing as it comes, and don’t be afraid to go slow and steady throughout the entire process.

Buy Some Cute Stuff
You know how you feel when you get a new outfit, and can’t wait to wear it somewhere? Maybe you even look for opportunities to wear it more often because of how exciting it is? That is exactly why you should consider buying some new fitness gear or equipment on a routine basis.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money and buy new stuff every week, but just when you feel yourself getting bored with what you have, or kind of losing your steam. This might happen every few months or just once a year or so.
Ideas of What to Buy
There are many different things you can purchase that will give you that fitness spark back, including workout clothing and shoes, accessories, and home gym equipment.
Here are some ideas:
Activewear
Signing up for a monthly fitness subscription box
Athletic shoes
New fitness tracker
New apps when they come out
Accessories, like ropes, yoga mats, or TRX
Big equipment like a treadmill or elliptical
Keep your budget in mind so that all your money isn’t going to your workouts. This can also be a great way to reward yourself, by buying something new every time you hit another goal in your fitness or weight loss journey.

Find a Buddy
This is probably not the first time you have gotten this advice, and the reason is because it works. Working out with someone else is almost always better than alone. Not only does it make it more enjoyable, but you have someone to keep you motivated and accountable.

Tips for Choosing a Workout Buddy
The trick here is to choose the right person who you want to go on your fitness journey with. If you choose someone that doesn’t’ show up or just doesn’t have the same goals as you, then you might be in for failure and will end up working out alone anyway.
Here are some tips for choosing a good workout buddy

  • Find Someone You Know You Can Count On– First of all, it is absolutely essential that you can count on your fitness buddy. They are there to help motivate you and become someone who pushes you to workout even when you don’t want to, and you will do the same for them. Try not to pick someone who isn’t reliable just because they are friends. Take your fitness journey seriously and find someone who takes theirs seriously as well.
  • Choose a Workout Buddy with Similar Goals – You also want to think about their goals and your goals, getting down to specifics. Come up with a plan where you will go to the gym or meet at the same outdoor hiking spot at the same time. Make sure your goals, from the frequency of workouts, to the longevity of your buddying up are all the same on both ends, that way you benefit mutually.
  • Select a Workout Buddy Who Likes the Same Types of Workouts – And lastly, it is also really important to consider what types of workouts you will be doing, now just now, but in the near future. If right now you both love running, but you know you eventually want to marathon train, and your friend wants to hit the gym for weights, you might not sync up in the future.

There may be times when one or both of you find that your fitness routine is changing and not necessarily together, but for now, at least consider this when choosing a good workout partner.

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