It's easy to come up with thousands of excuses not to work out. You might say you're too tired, your back hurts, you need to lose five more pounds before you can go to the gym, or you don't have workout clothes.
It's time to stop making excuses and get back on track. No matter your skill level, everyone needs a little push here and there. Next time you feel stuck in a rut, use these five motivators to get moving and stick to your workout plan.
Pick a Goal
What's your reason for working out? Is it to lose weight? Look younger? Have sexy legs or nice arms? Better posture? Lower your blood pressure? What's your overall reason to start or continue exercising?
Write down your goal and put it on your mirror. Every day, look at that note and remind yourself why you're working out. When you feel sidetracked, look at that paper, it will remind you why you decided to start this fitness journey. This can help push you to get moving and stay on track with your workout plan.
When you've reached your goal, pick a new one. Place your new goal on your mirror. Maybe your next goal will be to maintain your new weight. Keep your goal in front of you and stick to it.
Find a Workout That You Enjoy
If you don't like an activity, you're not going to stick with it. Instead, find something that you'll enjoy.
If you don't like running, don't do it. Maybe you're more of a dancer; find a cardio hip-hop class at your local gym and take it.
If you enjoy what you're doing, you're more likely to keep going back. Plus, you can meet new people and maybe even meet a group of friends who share the same interests.
Find a Partner
Ask a friend to work out with you or find a group that will support you. Having someone else by your side can help keep you going.
Not only do you have to keep yourself moving, but you're also that other person's support. This is sometimes more motivating than working out just for yourself. You don't want to let the other person down, do you?
Look at yourself in the mirror every day and tell yourself, "I look good." The more you tell yourself you look good, the more likely you will believe it. You need to get in a positive mindset to motivate yourself to keep going. If you say, "I look fat, I hate myself," you might start to believe it and get discouraged. Stay positive.
Buy some new clothes or workout gear, or splurge on some new shoes. If you feel confident in what you wear to the gym, you're more likely to work out harder and ultimately burn more calories. Reward yourself for reaching a goal or sticking with your fitness routine. After all, you deserve it. You've pushed yourself to new limits, so treat yourself to something new.
Stay in shape in a fitness class.