Welcome to our Wild Workout Wednesday link up! Each week I link up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced, and Nicole at Fitful Focus to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try. Join us for a wild workout each week by reading along or grab the button and link up if you have a fitness or healthy living post to share!
Motivation. It’s what gets people up early in the morning, gets people to the gym, gets goals accomplished. Unfortunately, the motivation to exercise is often a crucial missing link. Even though the internal desire to exercise may be crystal clear, motivation (what makes it happen) lacks. When motivation to exercise is missing, try these 5 simple tips to rediscover it.
1. Phone a friend
Having a network of support is important when attempting to accomplish any goal. When trying to get motivated to exercise, having a network of workout buddies to rely on is invaluable. Pick up the phone and see if someone else possibly needs the same motivation to exercise. Having a friend to run, bike, or even walk with can make the difference of hitting the couch to watch Oprah, or hitting the gym to burn calories.
Lacking fit friends? Think about possibly joining a running club or triathlon team in your local area. These teams often have members of all different levels and will provide instant workout buddies with similar goals.
2. Change it up
Can’t get motivated for ‘leg day’ at the gym? Unless you have a personal trainer waiting for you, its ok to blow it off for an exercise that is more appealing at that moment (as long as the legs don’t get blown off all the time!). Go for a run or take a yoga class—both will still work those legs without the monotony of pre-planned sets and reps.
3. Revisit the initial motivation
What started this whole exercise thing in the first place? Revisit the initial motivation to exercise as a friendly reminder to the appropriate section of the brain.
4. Quotes, music, &…Social Media?
Motivational quotes are everywhere and work wonders for some. Reach for the ipod and piece together the most motivational playlist you can imagine (and listen to it while trying to get motivated to exercise!). And even though Facebook and Twitter can be a huge trap when trying to get anything accomplished, if the right people are there it can also be a tool to solicit numerous pep talks.
5. Ignore your brain
When all else fails, sometimes Nike has the best advice in their slogan, “Just do it.” Ignore the miserableness that comes with zero motivation and go through the motions. Get dressed. Go to the gym. Hit the shower. Accept the fact that not every workout will be peppy and amazing, and just be happy to get it done—chances are once the endorphins get flowing the long lost motivation just might start reemerging anyway!
What are your tips for getting it done?
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