When you’re not in the mood to workout, getting motivated is difficult. When you’re comfy in bed, and the last thing you want to do is get yourself to the gym, it’s impossible to work out. And even though you know that getting there is the hardest part and once you start working out, you’ll feel great- it’s still pretty hard to get yourself to the gym when you’re not in the mood.
So, what’s the key to motivating yourself to workout, even on your least motivated days?
There are a few ways you can go about it. First, remind yourself of how good you’ll feel afterward. Sometimes, when I feel like I physically cannot get myself out of bed, I take a second and imagine myself after I workout: energized, content, and ready to take on the day. And if that doesn’t work, I tell myself I’ll do a quick workout, 20 minutes on the treadmill and 10 minutes of abs, and then head home. I usually end up doing more than just that, but it’s an excellent way to trick myself into going in the first place.
If neither of those motivates you enough to work out, but you know you need to, try texting a friend. Ask a friend who you know is always down to workout to come to the gym with you. That way, there’s no way you can back out of a commitment. If getting yourself to the gym is a continuous issue, try booking workout classes. Workout classes have generally pretty strict cancellation policies followed by hefty fees, which no one wants to pay. Signing up for one of those guarantees you won’t skip out on a workout unless you’re willing to pay the price literally.
You can make yourself a great workout playlist, so you get excited to listen to your favorite music and bang out a workout. You can put your workout clothes on at the beginning of the day, so you’re reminded throughout the day, or stick your clothes in your bag so when you go to leave work, it’s the first thing you see.
Working out is optional, and not everyone wants the same lean and shredded body that other people aim for. But, regardless of what your reasoning for working out is, being active is excellent your health, both physically and mentally. So next time you’re dreading going to the gym, try out one of these tactics and remind yourself: you’ll thank yourself later.