I usually truly enjoy working out. However, I definitely go through ruts, where I take breaks from hitting the gym and it can be difficult to get back in the swing of things. Over the holidays especially, it can be hard to squeeze in as many workouts like you usually do. These are my favorite ways to “trick” my body into thinking working out is more enjoyable, when I just can’t get back in the groove.
1. Make A Killer Playlist
When I was little I used to LOVE mowing the lawn. It’s very strange, I know. I mostly liked it so much because I would listen to my little Mp3 player and I had some pretty awesome playlists. Many things can be made more enjoyable by adding your favorite music. I apply this logic to working out. I make an awesome playlist the night before and then I’m excited to try it out the next day. Here are two to get you started, these even have the beats per minute calculated so you can time your workout and intensity.
2. Love Your Workout Clothes
Okay, so this one might be a little strange, but it’s true, if you like what you’re wearing and you feel good in it, then you’re more likely to want to wear it. Also, if you plan on working out in the morning or after work, pack your workout clothes the night before, that way you can save time in the morning.
3. Plan Something Fun For Afterward
Even if it’s as small as a yummy (healthy) snack or a coffee date. Having something to look forward to after the workout can motivate you to get sh*t done. I love relaxing and getting coffee with my best friend after we work out, it’s a great way to chill for a minute.
4. Find A Workout Buddy
This one is pretty common advice, but it is a lifesaver when you’re getting into the swing of working out. You can easily tell yourself a hundred different reasons why you shouldn’t go to the gym that morning. Your workout buddy, on the other hand, will say, “get dressed, we’re going.” And sometimes you need that.
5. Stay Motivated and Congratulate Yourself
Once you’ve gotten back into a routine, or started a routine, it will become second nature and working out will just be another part of your day like brushing your teeth or eating lunch. You make plans to fit all sorts of things into your days, you have enough time, you can schedule a 30 minute workout. Once you’ve gotten over this hump congratulate yourself! Find productive and healthy ways to keep yourself accountable for eating right and making it to the gym. Pinterest has some pretty creative ideas for inspiration. Actually just looking at their fitness tab gets me motivated. Don’t be too hard on yourself either!