1. Keep it Short and Sweet
Believe it or not, you don’t have to work out for an entire hour to make it count. It’s a whole lot easier to convince yourself to work out for ten minutes. Plenty of workout routines can be completed in ten to twenty minutes. Short high intensity workouts can produce the same results as longer, slower workouts. Try not to focus on the length of your workout. Who knows? After your ten minutes are up, you might feel pumped up enough to keep going. Just remember that any movement during the day is better than none at all.
2. Get it Out of the Way
If you absolutely despise working out, do it first thing in the morning. That way you don’t spend your entire day dreading the hour you finally decide to put your sweats on. Even if your workout is short, as mentioned above, you’ll still feel a sense of accomplishment when you’ve finished. Working out also boosts endorphins, which will keep you feeling happy and fulfilled all day long.
3. Don’t Leave Your House
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to go to the gym to get a decent workout. There are a variety of routines that you can do from the comfort of your own home, and some of them might not even require you to get off the sofa. That’s right, even if you’re a total couch potato, there’s a workout available to you. Practice dips, squats, angled push-ups, and other exercises in the comfort of your own living room.
4. Drink Some Coffee
Studies show that consuming caffeine before a workout can be truly beneficial. Caffeine improves circulation and increases blood flow. This will send more oxygen to your muscles and make your workout more efficient. Caffeine also raises your level of pain tolerance, making it easier for you to push through harder workouts. Don’t overdo it though, and be sure to drink water along with your coffee or tea to prevent dehydration.
5. Phone a Friend
If you have trouble motivating yourself, find a friend to work out with. Everything is more fun with a buddy, and the two of you (or more if you work out with a group of friends) can bounce off each other’s energy in order to get your workout done. Bonus points if your friend is better at working out than you are. You’ll have someone to push you to do better, correct your form, and give you advice on how to get the most out of your exercise routine.
6. Don’t Do Something You Hate
There are so many different ways to exercise that there’s no reason for you to choose a workout you’re going to despise. If you hate running, don’t make yourself go for a jog every morning. Try different workouts until you find one that you don’t completely detest. That way, you might end up actually enjoying your workout and maybe, just maybe, you’ll want to do it more often.
7. Incorporate Movement into Daily Life
Most of us remain stagnant for the majority of the day, especially at work. Try to include as much motion as you can in your daily routine. Do a set of squats while you brush your teeth or some calf-raises while you stand in line at Starbucks. If you have to make a call, take it outside for a change of scenery and a brisk walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or bike to work. You get the idea. Now, get moving.
8. Turn Your TV Binge into a Workout
We all have our guilty pleasure television shows. Turn yours into a productive workout. If you’re watching an episode live, take advantage of the commercial breaks. An hour long show usually has at least 10-20 minutes worth of commercials, which is plenty of time to sneak in a workout. If you focus on a different part of your body for each commercial break, you can accomplish a full-body workout without breaking a sweat. Figuratively, of course.
9. Have a Snack
Eating a small snack thirty minutes before you exercise will give you the fuel you need to push through your exercise routine. Pick a snack made of simple carbs and protein. They’re digested quickly and you’ll be able to use that energy almost immediately. Peanut butter, yogurt, protein shakes, and energy bars are all great options for giving yourself the boost you need.
10. Buy Awesome Workout Clothes
You never need an excuse to shop. Take yourself out to the nearest sports store and stock up on workout gear that you know you’ll love wearing. That way, when you put on your fancy new threads, you’ll feel inspired to work out. Once you’re dressed for the occasion, it’s easy to convince yourself to actually get up and exercise.
11. Follow Inspiring People on Instagram
Since social media is such a huge part of our lives already, we might as well use it to our advantage. Head over to Instagram (or other social media preference) and root out a couple users who post amazing photos of their workout progress. Seeing others’ improvement on a daily basis will motivate you to get off your own butt and start your own journey.
12. Make a Badass Playlist
Take the time to put together an awesome playlist for working out. Choose songs that are fast-paced and energizing, or whatever gets your blood pumping. Put on your playlist, pretend you’re the star of a dramatic montage scene in an award-winning sports movie, and get to work. You’d be surprised how motivating a little imagination is.
13. Make it Routine
The more often you work out, the easier it gets. Try as hard as you can to make exercise a habit, even if your sessions are only ten minutes long. Set aside a time and place to work out and stick to it. As your habit solidifies, you’re sure to notice the positive impact exercise has on your body and your quality of life in general.
14. Hire a Trainer
If you absolutely cannot find the motivation to exercise, consider hiring a personal trainer. First of all, it’s harder to back out of something that you’ve already paid for. Second, a trainer can help you establish healthy diet and exercise habits. A personal trainer won’t stand for excuses, making him or her one of the few people who can get your rear in gear.
15. Reward Yourself
You made it! Hopefully. If you finally found the courage to get off your couch and start a workout routine, you deserve a treat. Do yourself a favor though and don’t pick a reward that’s going to undo all of your hard earned success. Instead of a donut, treat yourself to a nap, have a beach day, or splurge on a new pair of yoga pants. Rewarding yourself can help you stay motivated and establish healthy habits over a long period of time.