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How to motivate yourself to work out?

Have you ever experienced the lack of motivation to work out? Find the best tips to motivate yourself to work out in this article!

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We have collected top 9 the most effective tips which will definitely help to motivate you to work out! Just try what you like and we wish you good luck!

1.    Don’t motivate yourself by thinking that you are fat

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Unfortunately, men and women frequently motivate themselves to exercise by thinking about their appearance.  However, this approach can even make the motivation lower.

According to the recent research, exercise frequency is most strongly related to 3 things: appreciation of your body, a focus on how it feels, and satisfaction with what it can do.   Remember, motivation based on appearance weakened all 3 of those things, even in people who exercised the most! So consider changing your focus to something other than your thighs or tummy.

2.    Don't think that you are lazy

healthy self image

If you think of yourself as stressed, lazy and indolent person, you subconsciously create a negative self-image with little room for exercise. So think of yourself as someone who exercises or someone who is healthy and busy. This way you will get the desired inspiration!

3.    Don’t aim to “exercise,” instead, play a sport.

play a sport

According to the research, the main reason for people to play sports is enjoyment and challenge.  Reasons to “exercise,” however, focused on things like appearance, weight, and stress management.

It is proven that enjoyment and challenge make you more likely to start and stick with a new habit.   So sign up for softball, join the masters’ swim team, play ultimate Frisbee, or simply tweak your mindset.

4.    Sign a Commitment Contract

commitment contract

You will be more inspired if you sign a contract agreeing to pay a pal $20 every time you skip, for example, fitness. It’s a simple idea of changing the cost. You can make a commitment to do something for a certain amount of time, such as exercising 1 hour three times a week for one month. If you don’t do that, you will pay some penalty, whether it’s monetary or the embarrassment of having friends know you didn’t live up to your word.

Remember that we’re more likely to follow through with pledges when we make them in front of friends.

5.    Write down your feelings after every workout

workout journal

It can be very helpful to write down how you feel after a workout every single time. So, when you are low on motivation to wake up and go for a run or a workout, you pull out the doc and read how great you felt after your previous workout. This works because you will get out of the bed knowing that at the end of the workout, you feel the same amazing feeling again.

6.    Remember why you started

big clothes

Do you remember all those times you tried clothes on and they didn’t look good because of the extra weight? Most people find these moments motivational, and it keeps them moving. It’s about remembering why you started at the first time and asking if you really want to start all over again because you couldn’t be bothered.

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7.    Try group fitness

group fitness

Group fitness classes can be very motivational. Just choose the group where you will feel comfortable, and you will look forward to seeing the other participants and instructor. The energy of the group will keep you going in the moments that you want to quit. You never want to be the person who stops and leaves early. So you will do so much more than you would if you were working out on your own.

8.    Surround yourself with motivation

motivational posters

You can hang up motivational pictures on your mirrors. It can be photos of a body you want to have or just good sayings. You should have your goal weight written everywhere — car mirror, refrigerator, calendar, etc. As a result, you will have a constant reminder to work toward that number.

9.    Listen to audiobooks and motivational songs

motivational songs

Audiobooks and motivational songs will keep you motivated while running. So you have to work out the next day to see how the story turns out. You can choose any songs and books which inspire you and enjoy.

If you have any other tips which keep you inspired to work out or if you have tried something from this list, share in comments.

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