So once again I have fallen off the exercise bandwagon… If I miss a day or two of working out, it’s nearly impossible to get going again. That is why I decided to print out this list of 40 ways to motivate yourself to exercise.
These were such an inspiration. Even when I was feeling at my worst I would read down this list and find something to spark my motivation. The original list is from Sparkpeople.com. Where it suggests one of their routines I look on Pinterest instead. Usually I didn’t even get to #40 because something before that motivated me.
- Do it anyway. (This was the most popular answer!)
- Tell myself to go for 15 minutes. If I still feel bad or unmotivated, I can quit. I have yet to quit.
- Look on Pinterest for motivation! (Check out Pinterest’s Fitness section and follow SparkPeople’s Pinterest boards.)
- Ask a friend along to the workout it helps us both with accountability.
- Do a heavy house cleaning (vacuuming, moving furniture, scrubbing) so I have a reason to work out.
- Watch a Crossfit video on YouTube. It always inspires me. Then I get it done.
- Take a 10-minute brisk walk.
- Take the dog for a long walk
- Force myself anyway and feel better for it.
- Go to a yoga class. It gets me moving, and I always have fun!
- I sit by myself for a few minutes and think about all the things I can’t enjoy because of my poor health.
- Sometimes I find myself doing it just to get my fitness minutes for the month. Proof that SparkPeople works!
- Work out anyway…then bask in the awesomeness!
- Find something new to do! If you run then go for a swim or a bike ride. Maybe you are getting bored with the same routine.
- Complain about not feeling motivated, then go do it, since I don’t like hearing myself complain
- I drag myself to the gym anyway. Before I realize it, an hour is passed and I’m glad I went.
- Post about your lack of motivation on Facebook, and get chewed out.
- Do it anyway because this is for me.
- Try to force myself to just do something for 1 minute (jumping jacks, squats, etc.). But usually I tell myself I will be happier that I did it instead of mad at myself for not doing anything.
- Put on my work out clothes, lace up my shoes and go for a walk. Once I’m out and moving I find my motivation.
- Do a SparkPeople workout video! They are always great workouts and I love that they are not super hard and complicated!
- Remember a time when I couldn’t work out, and how sad I was when I was heavier, and how I don’t want to feel sad again!
- Listen to some music—something with energy that I like. It’s funny how the right music can make you move even when you think you don’t want to, and it usually provides a mood boost, too (which is probably why I didn’t want to workout in the first place)
- Put my feelings aside and use logic and reasoning. My feelings then change after a good workout.
- Follow an “easy” DVD and tell myself I’ll do just one part of it. I end up doing it all usually.
- Put on my workout clothes!
- Do a workout at home instead of going to the gym.
- Remind myself why I started working out and how much better I feel and feel about myself when I am done
- Do it anyway, just not as long.
- Remember how easy it is to loss fitness even after missing a few sessions.
- Put on my workout clothes first thing in the morning. Once I’m in them there’s no reason to not work out!
- Remind myself of one of Gods promises in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
- Think how good I feel after a workout! Nothing else gives me that same feeling!
- Go bowling.
- I go get my small weights and start toning up.
- Do something light and slow, like yoga.
- Start working out anyway, and then, I figure I’ve already started, so I may as well finish STRONG!
- Put on dance music and move!
- Call a friend to encourage me.
- Think of all the people who can’t and I go do it and am grateful that I CAN.
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|I printed out this list and hung it on my wall. It’s hard to ignore something that you see every day.|
|I love this list and the variety of inspirations. Some days I’m feeling reallly down about my weight and this guilt trips me into working out. I always feel so much better after exercising and some days I don’t know what I’d do without this list.|