7 Tips to find motivation when you really don’t want to work out

I mean, even the most squat-loving, iron-pumping, marathon-running, pretzel-bending, lap-swimming, butt-kicking peeps have to have those days when they just don’t feel like doing a darn thing. It’s called “being human.” It’s also called “spending all day in your PJs watching Netflix and munching on candy.”

It’s tough to find your own personal form of fitspiration, but it’s certainly not impossible. Motivation to get into shape, or to stay fit and healthy, can come in many different ways. It can come through a friend or the help of a trainer. It can even come by something as simple as experimenting with new classes or pumping up your playlist.

No matter your method, what’s important is that you find a way to keep yourself motivated when you’re working towards a personal fitness goal. Here are eight simple reminders to help any person work out when they least feel like it (because we’ve all been there).

1. Mind over matter

Instead of viewing your workouts as a way to lose weight, think of them as a way to gain energy, relieve stress and simply to be happier. When you shift your focus to the mental benefits of exercising, rather than just the physical, you’ll have more motivation to break a sweat.

2. Recruit a friend you want to spend more time with as a gym buddy

Grab a friend and go to the gym. Workout buddies are not only a great source of motivation, but they also hold you accountable for your sweat seshes. Plus, if you can associate being social with your exercise routine, then you might find it more enjoyable.

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3. Join a social media community

Can’t convince a friend to work out with you? No worries — join a virtual community. With so many different forms of social media available today (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest), there are plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded, health-conscious peeps who are more than willing to provide all the help, motivation and advice you need.

4. Revamp your playlist

Sometimes all the motivation we need simply lies in our music feed. If you’ve been listening to the same songs on repeat for the past however many weeks, try switching up your playlist and see where that leads.

5. Try a change of scenery

When the gym feels too boring, take your fitness routine out of the building and into nature. Going for a run outside or practicing yoga on the beach (if you’re lucky enough to live by one) can be all the inspiration you need — not to mention it provides a nice dose of vitamin D.

6. Succumb to getting a trainer

Even if you’re a gym veteran, it never hurts to get some extra help from a pro. Working out with a personal trainer is a great way to ensure you stay in tip-top shape and motivated. The idea of a new routine could make the idea of exercise more interesting mentally, and then your body can reap the benefits.

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When hiring a personal trainer, make sure the person is adequately qualified. Look for a trainer with a degree in exercise science, motor learning, applied physiology or personal training and a national certification from NSCA or ACSM.

7. Find new ways to reward yourself

If you’ve been good about working out and eating healthy all week, reward yourself with a nice dinner, new outfit or put $20 in a jar to save for your next vacation.


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