You know the benefits of exercise. It can improve your mood, memory and energy levels. It helps you live longer and recover from injury faster. It’s one of the best things you can do for your body and mind.
But you must put in the work. That’s where it gets hard. Between family and work obligations, juggling kids and relationships, trying to have some resemblance of a social life, it’s easy to let exercise fall by the wayside.
Here are the best ways to motivate yourself to workout, even when you don’t want to.
- Plan your workout schedule. Don’t wait until your alarm blares at 6 a.m. to decide what your workout plan is for the day. Set yourself up for success by scheduling your workouts for the week ahead of time. Schedule them like you would work meetings, then stick to them.
- Lay your clothes out the night before. Make it easy on yourself. Lay out your workout clothes, water bottle, headphones and whatever else you might need the night before. It will save time and get you out the door faster in the morning.
- Find the exercise that works for you. Exercise is difficult. It’s a commitment. Finding a workout you enjoy is the best way to ensure it will become a part of your weekly routine. Try a class, an in-home workout, weight lifting or going for a run. There are hundreds of different activities and exercise options out there — finding one you enjoy will help make it a regular part of your life.
- Keep your music updated. Create a playlist and keep adding to it. There are thousands of great curated playlists online to get ideas from. And turn on the tunes as you’re getting ready to work out. Hearing your favorite jam is a great way to get pumped even before you head out the door.
- Buddy system. Exercising is more fun with a friend. Grab your coworker, friend or significant other and head out to your favorite exercise class. It’s harder to cancel that weekly barre class when you have someone meeting you there. And it makes it a lot more fun.
- Work out at home. In terms of convenience, you can’t get any easier than an at-home workout. You can do your own workout, watch an exercise video or even hire a trainer.