1. Wash your hair only on days you work out.
2. Put on your workout clothes.
3. Write down how you feel after every workout.
4. Remember why you started.
5. Ask yourself: “Will I regret skipping this workout”
6. Sign up for classes at boutique studios.
7. Try group fitness.
8. Get addicted to the post-exercise endorphin rush.
9. Pretend there’s a crowd and it’s going wild.
10. Surround yourself with motivation.
I hang up motivational pictures on my mirrors, like Kendall Jenner or just good sayings. I also have my goal weight written everywhere — car mirror, refrigerator, calendar, etc. — so it’s a constant reminder to work toward that number.
11. Give yourself micro-challenges.
12. And give yourself longer-term challenges too.
13. Work out with people who will cheer you on.
Having people standing behind me, yelling and jumping up and down when I’m stuck at the bottom of a heavy squat is the best motivator. Because it hypes me up, but also because it means everybody else in the gym looks over to see what’s going on, and fear of failing with that big of an audience makes me at least 20% stronger.
14. Listen to audiobooks.
15. Enjoy the healthy balance of delicious food and enjoyable exercise.
16. Do it for the pictures.
18. Make whatever you do to exercise your favorite thing.
I never need to motivate myself, because I found a sport that I love. I literally wait all day to get to the climbing gym, and my body is showing the benefits without extra effort. I even started doing abs (which I absolutely hate) because I want to get better at climbing!
19. Hang out with high-energy kids.
Kids motivate me to keep working out. I want to be able to have a lot of energy to keep up with them, and all of the activities they like to do.
20. Compete with any/everyone.
I secretly compete with whoever is exercising beside me, whether I know them or not.
21. Do it for the post-race medal.
I’m a runner and nothing motivates me more than knowing that at the end of the race I am running that I will get a medal. This has all worked for me during the last four years because I’ve dropped 70 pounds and kept it off.
22. Vow to never be last to cross the finish line.
I’ve never been the last one across the finish line, but I was once second-to-last. So, what works for me is, “Do you really want to be the last one across the finish line?”
23. Make it a friend meetup.
Going with friends always keeps me motivated; whenever I’m meeting friends at the gym, I’m excited to hang out with them, rather than grumpy about getting off my couch. Honestly getting to the gym is a bigger obstacle than anything in my workout; once I’m there, I’m pumped to get started.
24. Trick yourself into going longer distances.
I run outside and I’ll do two miles before turning around, which forces me to run two more miles to get home.
25. Tell yourself: “I just have to warm up, then I can go home.”
26. Track your successes.
27. Think about how much stronger you’re getting.
Growing stronger and more conditioned is my main motivation… Knowing that your body just did something it couldn’t do a few weeks back is an amazing feeling. Also, abs.
28. Listen to the voice inside that says, “I can do this!”
I choose to listen to the voice inside me that says, “I can do this! I want to do this!” I choose to ignore the voice that asks “Who do you think you are?” or says “You aren’t a real runner, just give up!” I choose to just get out and go for that run, or that workout, and live with the benefit! That’s what motivation means to me