No matter who you are, you won’t want to workout every single day of your life, and it’s okay to not have that motivation on a regular basis. Straight up, I don’t want to work out like 95% of the time – it’s something that I have to force myself to do on a daily basis. For a very long time, I would just come up with a BS excuse, and then convince myself that reason was valid, just so I didn’t have to workout. After a while, I realized that my goals don’t care if I’m busy, don’t feel good, or just don’t want to. They only care about the work that I put in, even when it’s tough.
So, how do I convince myself? How do I keep the motivation alive?
First, I go by the advice that I give in my blog post, The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Staying Motivated. But aside from that, I also have a list of 11 things that I constantly tell myself to force my motivation and put in the work.
- I will spend the rest of the day being upset that I didn’t workout, rather than just being annoyed for an hour and getting it done.
- I will genuinely feel better once the workout is over – not only will I be proud of myself, but physically feeling better. I breathe differently, sleep differently, have more energy, have less of an appetite, etc.
- If I don’t do this for myself today, I’m not putting in the effort to respect myself and my goals.
- Just do something small. If you aren’t up for the full 500 calorie workout, start with 200. And most likely, once I hit 200 – I’ll be motivated enough to do more. But it’s still okay if not – because that’s better than nothing.
- I have to keep a balanced lifestyle. If I want to have ice cream after dinner, that’s totally okay, but I should do something to make myself feel proud and deserve that treat.
- In warm weather months: It’s bikini season. I don’t need to look a certain way or meet a certain standard, but I want to feel confident and proud of the body that I’ve put in the work for.
- If you workout today, you are using your 1 free day of the week for this break. Is that worth it? Will you need this more on another day?
- I ask myself why I don’t feel like working out? What’s my excuse? Is that more important than my goal? – I’ll give a variety of answers: I don’t have time, I ate too much, I slept in too late, I’m “sick”, etc. I get to the bottom of those answers, and try to figure out how I can improve for the future.. And then go workout.
- It’s an hour out of my day. I can handle it.
- This is my routine. Routines are extremely important to my mental health and personal development. If I miss a day of routine, it’s like the domino effect.. It makes it a lot easier for me to give up the next day, eat something bad, or do something else that I’m “not supposed to do”. And once I get out of the good routine, it’s a lot harder to commit myself to getting back on track.
- I guilt trip myself saying that I won’t get to check it off my list if I don’t do it. I have various lists and trackers that I religiously use, and it’s very important for me to be able to cross things off so they don’t hang over my head. I know that may sound crazy to some of you – but I know for my OCD or task oriented people.. It’ll make a lot of sense!
So those are the 11 things that I tell myself when I’m feeling like staying in bed the extra 10 minutes, eating pizza for breakfast, etc. I remind myself that I want to be proud throughout the entire day, rather than being content or comfortable for a small amount of time – then regretting my decisions.
One last thing that I make sure to do when I really don’t feel like working out is taking a pre-workout. And to shamelessly plug a product from my business, I really reccomend Active by Plexus! Active improves performance, energy levels, mental clarity, alertness, focus, & reduces stress. You can check it out here.
Did any of these ideas resonate with you? If so, let me know in a comment or send me a DM on Instagram @carmenreynolds 🙂