25 motivations to get moving
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.
1. Put your workout clothes on
But don’t tell yourself you’re going to work out yet. Just walk around the house. See what happens.
2. Do a shorter-than-usual workout
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.
3. Do a slower-than-usual workout
Once you get started you might feel like you can kick it up a notch.
4. Set a deadline to get started
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.
5. Set a deadline to be done with your workout
Conversely, you can set a stopping point — knowing that the sooner you get started, the more you can do.
6. Get it done first thing in the morning
7. Play with your pet or your kids
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.
8. Invest in new workout gear that gets you excited to try it out
My magical Nike 4% shoes, reviewed
Nike’s Vapor Fly 4% racing shoes have been in great demand. They’re going for hundreds of dollars on the aftermarket…
Especially as the seasons change and a base layer or new jacket will make going out in the elements less daunting.
9. Promise yourself a beer afterward
Or that you’ll watch Netflix. Or whatever is your favorite post-workout treat.
Earn free beer for running
New Balance and Strava team up for the Runaway Pub — where you can’t buy beer but you can earn it
10. Remind yourself how good you’ll feel when you’re finished
There’s nothing quite like the post-workout glow.
11. Tell yourself you really don’t have to work out
Really. Believe it. Reverse psychology actually works.
12. Tell yourself you can quit anytime after you start
It’s reverse psychology again. And it works.
13. Put something else on hold
You can always do the dishes later.
14. Watch Hulk Hogan take down Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III on YouTube
If that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.
15. Keep your workout clothes in the car
So you’re always prepared to go to the gym or do an outdoor run if you have some time to kill.
16. Run an errand — literally
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.
17. Track your workouts
You won’t want to miss a scheduled workout when it shows up as a gap on your calendar.
18. Put your music on REALLY LOUD
What’s on your playlist?
Just go and don’t give yourself time to think up excuses.
20. Drink some coffee
Or an energy drink. Or just a big glass of cold water.
21. Sign up for a race
22. Text a workout partner
Or ask your significant other to work out with you to keep you accountable. Or join a club or running group.
23. Tell someone that you’re leaving for a workout
Now you have to.
24. Have an energy gel or a piece of fruit
25. Re-read 1–24
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.