How To Motivate Yourself To Work Out & How To Stay Motivated

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Working out is one of the best uses of our time. It improves health, physical appearance, fitness, complements many of our other pursuits, and can improve our overall quality of life.

The dilemma with working out is that we can know all of its benefits and genuinely want to work out, however right before its time to work out, we are often in a more relaxed state, and at that moment, it can be hard coming out of that relaxed state to go exercise.

However, we must start finding ways to overcome and make the decision to exercise because when exercise, we are making an investment in your overall quality of life.

In this article we will discuss various ways to motivate yourself to exercise:

 

Ways To Motivate Yourself To Exercise:

 

1. Never Forget Your “Why”

Find constructive ways to remind yourself of your “why” that meaningful and compelling to you.

 

2. Listen Audio

Start listening upbeat music 15 minutes to an hour before its time for you to work out, and keep listening to the music right up until the time you work out.  You see, right before its time for you to work out, you will have a mental debate in your head of whether you should work out or not.  There will be little voice in your head that will give you every excuse for why you shouldn’t work out that day. 

When you listen to upbeat music, you silence that little voice in your head and replace it with music that will get you pumped up to work out.  Listening to music right before you workout will dramatically increase your chances of working out.

If you work out in the morning, I recommend listening to music as soon as you wake up.  Getting out your comfortable bed to go exercise requires a lot of willpower.  That little voice in your head will give you every excuse for why you shouldn’t work out. 

The voice will tell you that you’re too tired to work out, that it’s too early in the morning to be working out, and many other excuses.  By listening to music as soon as you wake up, you drown that little voice out before the little voice even has a chance to start making excuses.

 

3. Give Yourself Chores When You Don’t Work Out

As I mentioned earlier, right before its time for you to work out, you’ll have a mental debate in your head of whether you should work out or not.  Sometimes when you’re debating whether to work out or not, you will make the undisciplined and wrong decision not to work out.  However, what makes it even worse is when you decide not to work out, you decide to do something fun instead like watch tv or eat a snack. Stop doing this. 

Any day that you decide not to work out do some chore instead.  You should clean around the house, do the laundry, or do some other task.  If you know the days that you decide not to work out that you’ll do a chore in its place, you will tend to work out more, because the alternative is not that much more appealing.