25 motivations to get moving

The hardest part of the workout is getting started

Tim Cigelske
Oct 24, 2020 · 3 min read
The hardest part is just getting out the door. Photo by Tegan Mierle

The energy your expend during your workout is nothing compared to the energy it can take to convince yourself to begin.

Here are some psychological tricks I’ve found work magic for me when I have no motivation to get going.

But don’t tell yourself you’re going to work out yet. Just walk around the house. See what happens.

Once you get started you might want to keep going. And if not, something is better than nothing. The goal isn’t to exhaust yourself — it’s to get muscles moving, blood flowing and endorphins going.

Once you get started you might feel like you can kick it up a notch.

Or a timer to get out the door or to get started. For me, Peloton live rides can help motivate me to be on the bike by the time the instructor starts the class.

Conversely, you can set a stopping point — knowing that the sooner you get started, the more you can do.

Their energy will rub off on you. I recently bought a slam ball to do workouts with my 7-year-old son, knowing that it will make it fun for both of us.

Especially as the seasons change and a base layer or new jacket will make going out in the elements less daunting.

Or that you’ll watch Netflix. Or whatever is your favorite post-workout treat.

There’s nothing quite like the post-workout glow.

Really. Believe it. Reverse psychology actually works.

It’s reverse psychology again. And it works.

You can always do the dishes later.

If that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.

So you’re always prepared to go to the gym or do an outdoor run if you have some time to kill.

Feel twice as produtive. Drop off a letter at the post office or deposit a check or pick up a pound of coffee at the coffee shop.

You won’t want to miss a scheduled workout when it shows up as a gap on your calendar.

What’s on your playlist?

Just go and don’t give yourself time to think up excuses.

Or an energy drink. Or just a big glass of cold water.

Or ask your significant other to work out with you to keep you accountable. Or join a club or running group.

Now you have to.

Still not feeling it? Take the day off. Guilt free. Start fresh tomorrow.

Any other ideas? Leave a comment. We could all use the motivation.

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