Sometimes I wonder If I was the one who invented the word Lazy,
as when it comes to working out – that’s how I feel! But for the past weeks I’ve really managed to keep up my work out routine thanks to a little bit of mental help. I’ve found some work out motivators that worked for me, so thought I’d share with you:
1. Prepare your gym clothes in an attractive way.
Let’s say you want to work out first thing in the morning, prepare everything you need the night before so that when you wake up you simply dive in to your gear as it’s there laying neatly in front of you.
The less complicated it feels like, the higher the stakes that you will actually do it 😉
2. Have some gym gear that will make you look good.
It’s not a myth but “good looking” gym clothes really does it for you if you want to be motivated to hit the gym. Who wants to work out in some old saggy t shirt feeling like a trainwreck when you can actually look good and get motivated by your own looks!
3. Those days when you really don’t feel like….
When I have a day when I feel like I’m not gonna do it, “forget about it” kinda feeling. Well the only way not to lose that day completely is to convince yourself to go and do something small at least. Just for the sake of have done something!
I usually work out 45 min. If I have a crappy day I say, “Ok I will only go for 20min” but then once I’m there and have done 20 min, I feel I might as well do 20 more. However if you really don’t feel up for doing 20 more, don’t push yourself. Work out should not feel like hell on earth, then it’s just not worth it!
4. Music is the key!
For me personally I need good playlists to give me that push when working hard, and for that I’ve always created special playlists just for the gym, so that I don’t listen to them when I’m not there. Like that the songs feel more powerful and you should have selected your tracks carefully! I wouldn’t just listen to any random songs I find good. No, it has to be something with a fast beat that makes me going but that I at the same time love listening to.
On my work out playlist I have only Latin House Music as it gives me that power I need!
5. Stuck in a rut?
And you don’t have a PT? Get then a few lessons together with a PT to re structure your work out routine and make it feel fun and uplifting again. Also make use of the motivation your personal trainer will give, absorb it all and live on it!
6. Still stuck in a rut?
Try something completely different. Those days when you just want to cancel your gym subscription once and for all, you should simply take a time out from whatever it is that you’re usually doing there. Add something completely new to your routine, try a new class or why not go rollerblading outdoors instead of staying in doors? There are so many different types of work out methods, you don’t need to be slaving on the treadmill just because you’re not being creative!
7. If you have that competitors DNA in you,
Then do a challenge with a friend, of “who will gain most muscles” or “who will loose most weight” before a certain date. The winning person will get a prize but also the great feeling of accomplishment.
If you don’t have anyone to do this with, I’d say you create a silent challenge with your self with someone who is a regular at the gym. Example: “I will get abs like hers by end of summer” or “I will tone up like this girl in the next 2 months”. And every time you will see that person it will motivate you to work harder.
8. Practice your discipline
Don’t think you only work out to get in shape. Not at all, you’re actually doing some big mental work on yourself and that is you’re practicing your discipline. Those days when I feel like I just want to hit the snooze button, I remind myself that I need to go and do this not only for my body, but also to master my mind and practice my discipline.
I need this discipline for many things; getting work done when I’m running my own business, staying away from unhealthy food etc. If I don’t discipline myself to go work out for 45 min, how can I ever master to be self employed?
9. Finish off in a positive mind
Make a rule of adding a positive note to the end of your session. Let it be some silent meditation after stretching, relaxing in the steam room or why not grabbing a yummy smoothie in the gym café, giving you that special treat. We are like animals after all and we get motivated by knowing something good will come out of the hard work we put in.
10. Once you start seeing results,
Own it! Love it! Make a big deal about it! (But try and keep that for yourself 😉 Take as many selfies as you want. Admire your results. Feel over the moon with your transformation and you will notice how it will feed you to keep on going!