How To Motivate Yourself To Workout

I’ve seen many posts about gym resolutioners and people who are starting to work on being healthier and fitter…awesome! I’ve also seen a lot of posts in the past about finding a workout buddy in order to hold yourself accountable and get workouts done. But what if you don’t have one? You may want to take spin or run regularly, yet none of your friends are interested. That’s where these tips on how to motivate yourself to workout come in.

As awesome as it is for me to regularly work out with my mom, there are many days where our schedules don’t coincide, so I need to either run or lift alone. And some days I am severely lacking in motivation to go to the gym or run alone. Here are a few things that have helped me:

5 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Workout

Just go for 20 minutes. On days where I REALLY don’t want to workout, I tell myself I’ll do it for 20 minutes. Whether it’s a 20 minute video, 20 minutes at the gym, or a 20 minute run. Recently I did a 25 minute video, and once it was over I was feeling good so I drove to the gym to continue my workout. I bet you, 9 times out of 10, once those 20 minutes are up, you’ll want to keep working out. 

Text a friend. When my mom and I can’t workout or run together, we always Snapchat each other. Yes, Snapchat :-P I’ll send her a photo of my treadmill readout when I’m done and she’ll do the same. There have been plenty of times where I’ve gone or she’s gone and the other person says “Yeah I’ll probably skip today,” but then ends up going to the gym once we see the other person is there. Enlist a friend to be the one who encourages you and provides you with support when you need it. Just the act of sending “proof” to someone can motivate you to get yourself to the gym.

Instagram. So this actually happened last night…before bed I’m using the “explore” feature on Instagram to find new people to follow and ended up finding a few. I started scrolling through their pictures, and learning about their story, their results, their daily nutrition, etc. I was feeling super motivated to get my workout in today (was even going to wake up at 6:30 to do it but we all know I’m not a morning person), and even had all these dreams about going to the gym. Maybe it’s just me, but seeing other people’s results and hard work on Instagram are a huge motivator. Whether it’s their results from following a specific workout plan, or their journey to a BQ…I love seeing pictures and using that to fuel my own fire. Some hashtags I regularly go through are #fitfluential #runnersofinstagram #sweatpink and #runchat.

Try a new class. When I’m feeling really blah and lazy, I check out the group exercise schedule at my gym and pick a new one to try. That’s actually how I found BodyPump (and ended up loving it). You don’t have to do any of the (mental) work, like putting together a plan, picking out weights, etc. Just go to the class and follow instructions. And you might just find your new favorite class!

Take before pictures. Nothing motivates me more than wanting to have “after” pictures. Take before pictures and when you start forgetting about your goals, go through the pictures. I’m not saying to be self-deprecating here and hate on your body…but we all have things we may want to work on. For example, for me, I want stronger and more defined arms and abs. Seeing before pictures is a reminder of it. You can’t get what you want without putting in the work. If you’re a runner, then do a time trial test. Run a mile or a 5K and use that as your benchmark. You’ll want to improve in X amount of weeks and break that time.

Right now, my goals are simply to start lifting again and get back some strength. I always end up losing it once I start training for a half marathon or marathon…this will be the year I stop doing that! I found a workout plan I want to follow…and once I get into the regimen and do it for a few weeks, I’ll share what it is, my thoughts and any possible results. 

How do you self-motivate? Is it easy for you to workout alone or do you have a workout/running buddy?


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  1. To me, it really is just about getting started. Getting uncomfortable (just getting out of whatever comfy position I’m in). And then I’m always so happy when I finally do it!
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  2. These are all very wonderful tips. I’m esp liking the idea of snapchat and using instagram to motivate myself. I have no problem going for a run, but strength training is always a challenge for me. However, like you, I’d def like to get back into lifting!

    • ha! I’m the opposite! I have no problem going to the gym to lift but running is hard for me when I’m not training for a specific race.

  3. The 20 minute rule I think is the best one. Just start – chances are you will keep going. Worst case you at least did 20 minutes of activity!
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  4. i always tell my clients to text a friend, spouse, or go to a new class! definitely helps keep the mojo going!

  5. I don’t know, but I’ve just always been self motivated to workout. I’m never not, I never miss a workout, haha! I just love it so much. My #1 hobby!
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    • Good for you! I’m motivated like 90% of the time but there are definitely days I’d rather stay in and watch TV than go to the gym lol

  6. Great tips -can always use a little extra motivation on those days when the bed is just too warm… ;) Happy Monday!

  7. I love the instagram idea! I am on instagram all the time, but hadn’t thought of searching hashtags for motivation.
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    • do it!! I have found such great inspiration from there. If you just do “explore” you will see a bunch of photos show up based on your previous likes and who you follow which is cool. My favorite hashtags to search through are runnersofinstagram, fitfluential, sweatpink, runchat, halfmarathontraining and marathon training :)

  8. Great tips!! Thank you for sharing! :)
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  9. I always enroll a friend to help me stay motivated!

  10. Great suggestions! I like to suggest to my clients to find something to train for…whether it be a race, a charity walk, a fitness competition, SOMETHING so the training feels more concrete with a solid goal!
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