Motivating yourself to workout means focusing on your reasons WHY and eliminating excuses. Exercise can easily be pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. I find that if I can eliminate my obstacles and remind myself WHY I workout, I am more likely to follow through and DO IT!
5 Ways to Motivate Yourself
#1 How to motivate yourself to workout when you have NO TIME!
Overcoming the no time excuse is all about PLANNING
There are countless urgent and important issues that need our attention on a daily basis. Scheduling your week and knowing when you are going to dedicate time to workout will help you dramatically. Remember that HIIT training (short bursts of high intensity) allows you the luxury of shortening your workout. Just 10-20 minutes is enough to get great results! Just remember to push yourself.
There will be times when your plan goes awry and you may miss your workout but I want to encourage you to have the commitment to yourself to workout even if it’s just for 5 minutes. You know you will feel better if you do and you can maintain your fitness level if you stay consistent (even if it’s only 5 minutes of intense exercise).
#2 How to motivate yourself to workout when you are TIRED or you just don’t FEEL like it
Overcoming these excuses requires ACCOUNTABILITY.
Paying for classes or a personal trainer keeps you driven to workout when you don’t feel like it because you’ve paid your money and people are counting on you to be there. If you don’t have a trainer or you aren’t going to classes (Click here to find out about my HIIT Training classes) then you might want to have an accountability partner. Have someone who has the same goals as you and make a pact together to workout a certain number of times per week. Check in with each other and hold each other accountable. Having someone to answer to makes a big difference.
#3 How to motivate yourself to workout when it feels like you AREN’T GETTING RESULTS
Overcoming this excuse requires you to focus on your GOALS and your WHY
You can make yourself a goal board and put up photos of what you want your body to look like. Write your goals on the board and put it somewhere you can see it every day. Write on the board WHY you workout. Maybe working out makes you feel strong, empowered, thin, lean, sexy etc. Maybe you do it to reduce stress, maintain your health, improve your mood, enhance your youthfulness & longevity. There are endless reasons why we should workout. What are YOUR reasons?
Once you have your goals written down. You will need a way to measure your success. Having a method to track your fitness level and improvements is inspiring and motivating. For more information on how you can measure your fitness success check out my blog on fitness testing.
#4 How to motivate yourself to workout when you are FALLING BACK INTO BAD HABITS
Overcoming this excuse requires staying inspired with DAILY POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
These are positive statements that you say to yourself every day. You actually are speaking into existence what you want your life to look like. You need to be aware of one thing regarding positive affirmations. You absolutely MUST say them in a positive way. In other words don’t say something like “I will not eat sugar” because your brain doesn’t hear the “NOT” part and you are basically saying “I will eat sugar”. Hahaha – seriously! – the total opposite of what you want. If you don’t believe me, click here are read about the white bear experiment (also referred to the Ironic Process Theory or Thought Suppression). If I say to you “Do NOT think about a white bear” – what do you think about?? A WHITE BEAR!! So, say your affirmations in a positive way – “I chose to eat only healthy foods that nourish my body”.
Here is an example of a positive affirmation statement for exercise. You can easily make up your own and put them where you will see them often throughout your day.
You can find more Positive Affirmation Statements for a healthy lifestyle on my Pinterest account. Click here to see more examples.
#5 How to motivate yourself to workout when you JUST DON’T WANT TO GET SWEATY
Overcoming this excuse requires a QUICK, NO-FUSS BEAUTY ROUTINE
One of my personal common excuses to not workout is that I just don’t want to get sweaty and have to fix myself up again to be presentable! So I will share with you my with quick, no-fuss beauty routine and a photo of the products I use:
#1 Facial wipes to wash my face – I like the live clean wipes because they are paraben and phthalate free and have a pleasant but not overwhelming scent. Then I use the same wipe (with additional soap and water) or a washcloth to wipe down my body
#2 Dry Shampoo – ok – this is a game changer for me. And yes, I am SOLD on this brand. I have tried several different types of dry shampoo but Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is my favourite. It gives my fine hair lots of body and I can even have consecutive days of sweat drenched hair still look great!
#3 BB Cream – I am not sold on any particular brand but BB creams are great because they are a multifunctional beauty product. They moisturize, protect from sun, correct flaws, and tint your skin giving you a great glowing look. It has the benefits of skincare, sunscreen and makeup in one tube.
#4 Ponytail elastics and bobby pins – practicing making a messy bun is a good idea. It’s a cute style and is pretty easy to master with a few bobby pins. The sad truth is that once I workout my hair just doesn’t look as lovely as when I carefully blow-dried it out. I don’t want to take the time to blow-dry or flat-iron it again so putting it up is the next best option.