It’s Monday—the start of a new week and time to once again wake to the sound of a blaring alarm clock, jump out of bed and into your clothes, and maybe have just enough time to make a quick cup of coffee (if not, you’re already ordering your Starbucks via the app). Sound familiar? I thought so. In today’s world, we run almost on routine. We are scheduled—and over-scheduled—to the max. We often live to do the things that we have to do, which can make it difficult to do the things that we want to do (or should for our mental and physical health). Which brings me to today’s topic…motivation.
How do you get motivated? What keeps you motivated? And what do you do when you just can’t motivate yourself? Well, let me tell you, it happens to the best of us. I know the last thing I want to do after a busy day in the office is to change into workout clothes and hit a spin class or try to work on my breath in yoga, even though I know that I should and it’s good for me. As much as I love my Saturday kickboxing class, even that can sometimes feel like a chore. I mean, who wants to wake up early on a Saturday and drive 30 minutes out of their way anyway? But in the end, I always feel great and know that I did something good for myself when it’s over.
So, how does one muster up motivation when it comes to working out? Read on for some quick tips:
- Find a buddy: What motivated me to get out of my warm, cozy bed this past chilly Saturday and make it to kickboxing was that I knew I had a friend there waiting for me who would keep me accountable. Sure, she could’ve worked out by herself that day, but let’s face it, it’s just more fun when you can commiserate with your bestie after a particularly grueling workout, is it not?
- Pick workouts you enjoy…and don’t be afraid to vary your routine: We’ve all been there. We try one new workout class and instantly fall in love with it. We buy a package (because the classes are “cheaper”). Then, by the second class, we’re already over the workout and wonder what we even liked about it in the first place. Don’t beat yourself—it happens. Finding exercise classes that you like will help you stay motivated and keep you looking forward to the class. I’ve been going to the same kickboxing studio for the last six years, and even though it is out of my way, I love the workout and that the instructor always keeps the cardio routines fresh (and the music ain’t bad either).
- Treat yourself before or after: Instead of looking at exercise as a chore, change your mindset and think of it as doing something good for your body (which does so much for you during those long workweeks). If all else fails, try adding your favorite activity directly before or after. That could mean getting a healthy smoothie before the class or going for a manicure or massage after your workout.
What are some tips that have helped you stay motivated? Share your thoughts in the comments below.