Fall and Winter have always been the seasons of staying warm and staying full. With school, work and everyday life making a full comeback after the end of summer, it isn’t easy to motivate yourself to do much. Not unless that “much” involves take-out and T.V. Some of us love the hibernation period; cookies, hot drinks and home-cooked meals, whats not to love? Its the side effects most of us would rather do without. But, the last thing on our minds during the holiday season is working out. It doesn’t have to be impossible, though. At least, not if you don’t want it to be. So, for those desperately seeking inspiration and a kind kick in the butt, here is the best ways to motivate your workout.
1. A Fire Playlist
Don’t brush this one off. Arguably, its one of the most motivating ways to get yourself to the gym. Think about it, whether you’re walking down the street or behind the wheel, you’re usually moving to the music. So why not apply that to your workout? If you haven’t updated your playlist recently, there is nothing to feel excited about. Sure, they may be some of your all-time favs, but pick a playlist that refuses to let your body still. It’ll give you something to look forward to and promote a better, longer workout.
2. Be Creative
You don’t have to go to the gym to workout. More often than not, its the formidable trip to the gym that holds us back. The drive, or walk, seems unworthy of our effort. So ditch the trip and use the area around you. It can be you living room floor, your backyard or your entire neighborhood. Whatever appeals to you most is the best choice to keep your motivation in ‘drive.’ Even if its a slow walk around your block, a few rounds of ‘Just Dance‘ or Pilates DVD, do something. Your body and mind will come to anticipate the daily activity, need it, even.
3. Switch it Up
Once you’ve gotten into the initial swing of working out, the motivating doesn’t stop there. In fact, its even more important to focus on motivational while you workout regularly. Don’t give yourself a reason to call it quits. And nothing will stop you faster than the absolute boredom of repetition. Now, its possible that routine and repetition is the driving force for a lot of exercisers, and its cool. But, for those of us who can’t stand doing the same thing over and over again, diversity is a must. Change up your workout from day-to-day so you don’t avoid it altogether. Whats more, you can look to fellow exercisers and the internet for information. There is no shortage of workout tutorials on the web, Thus, there should be no shortage of working out for us.
4. Flaunt Your Stuff
Literally, flaunt your workout clothes. What better feeling is there than when you buy that brand new pair of shoes you had your eye on? Or, the perfect dress for a long-awaited night out. You look good in it, and more importantly, you feel good in it. Do the same for your gym clothes. Treat yourself and get the outfit you want. It doesn’t matter if its more a matter of comfort or appearance. Whatever it is, if it gets you in the clothes and off the couch, thats all that counts. This generation is the luckiest in this respect, with workout clothes being something of an admired style- one that offers a countless number of flawless looking sneaks to tie any look together.
5. Buy Your Motivation
If you can afford it, buy yoga or workout classes. Group exercises are growing in popularity and they all but ensure your attendance. After all, if you pay for the classes ahead of time, do you really want to waste your money? Tying yourself to a paid-for exercise class is probably the smartest, though not most cost effective, way to handle you workout motivation. If you pay and don’t go, thats the sound of the toilet flushing with your money in it.
How you do it doesn’t really matter. Each person is different from the next and maybe no one thing will work for you. What matters is if it means something to you, and if you want to do it to be a happier and healthier person, there are plenty of ways to motivate yourself. Just remember the end goal, remember why you started and if you scratch it, pick up and start again .