In the beginning of your fitness journey, it is normal to feel a lack of motivation. Starting a new regimen can be intimidating, and sticking to it can be even more so. Consistency, however, is the single most important factor in realizing your health and fitness goals. That’s why we’re here: to keep you inspired and on track while you work to improve your health and fitness. The right mentality and approach can help even the most inexperienced person achieve success. Let’s dive in and find some ways to keep exercising even when you don’t feel like it.
- Set Realistic Goals
One of the keys to staying motivated to exercise is to set realistic goals. It’s important to remember that fitness is a journey, and progress takes time. Set specific, achievable goals that align with your fitness level and lifestyle. Whether it’s running a 5k or doing ten push-ups in a row, setting small, measurable goals will help you track your progress and stay motivated.
- Find a Workout Buddy
Exercising with a friend can be a great way to stay motivated and accountable. Not only will you have someone to talk to and laugh with, but you’ll also have someone to hold you accountable. Studies show that working out with a partner can increase motivation and sticking to exercise routines (1). So, grab a friend and hit the gym together!
- Try Something New
If you’re feeling bored or unmotivated with your current workout routine, try mixing it up. Trying a new workout class or activity can be a fun way to challenge yourself and keep things interesting. Plus, trying new things can help you discover new fitness passions that you may not have known existed.
- Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential for good health, and it plays a crucial role in exercise performance and motivation. Getting enough sleep can help you feel energized and ready to tackle your workout routine. Studies show that sleep deprivation can negatively impact exercise performance and motivation (2). So, make sure you’re getting enough rest to fuel your workouts.
- Reward Yourself
Rewarding yourself for reaching fitness milestones can be a great way to stay motivated. Whether it’s treating yourself to a massage or buying a new workout outfit, giving yourself a small reward can help you feel accomplished and motivated to keep going. Just make sure the reward aligns with your fitness goals and doesn’t sabotage your progress.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn.
- Remember Why You Started
When you’re feeling unmotivated, it can be helpful to remind yourself why you started your fitness journey in the first place. Whether it’s to feel more confident or to improve your health, focusing on your reasons for starting can help you stay motivated and committed to your goals.
Staying motivated to exercise isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort. By setting realistic goals, finding a workout buddy, trying new things, getting enough sleep, rewarding yourself, and remembering why you started, you can stay on track and reach your fitness goals. Don’t let a lack of motivation get in the way of your health and fitness journey. Remember, every workout counts!
- Williams DM, Dunsiger S, Ciccolo JT, Lewis BA, Albrecht AE, Marcus BH. Acute Affective Response to a Moderate-intensity Exercise Stimulus Predicts Physical Activity Participation 6 and 12 Months Later. Psychol Sport Exerc. 2008;9(3):231-245. doi:10.101