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How to Motivate Yourself to Workout When You Really, Really Don't Want To

We all have those days when we really don't want to work out. Maybe we're tired from a long day of work, a rough night of sleep, or too much stress. Maybe we're bored of our workout or feeling burnout from pushing too hard. Either way, it's tough to push through that demotivation to get your workout.

Here are some tips to help you kick things into high gear and give yourself the motivation you need to hit the workout like a boss.

Give yourself a reward.

We all love the carrot more than the stick! If you're having a tough time hitting the gym, promise to reward yourself once you finish the hardcore training session. You could have a nice meal out, a date night with the spouse, an afternoon nap, or a shopping trip. Whatever it is, use a reward as an incentive to motivate yourself to push hard.

Change up your playlist.

Music can be a huge motivating factor in your workout, but sometimes the same old playlist can get boring. Hit up Spotify or iHeartRadio and set it to a channel you don't usually work out to, or listen to the music piped through your gym's sound system. Sometimes, a change in playlist can make a huge difference!

Track your progress.

Many times, we end up demotivated because we're not seeing results for our efforts, so we don't think there are any results. Tracking your progress helps you to see how far you've come in terms of weight loss, resistance training load, cardiovascular endurance, run distance, and a host of other factors. Track your efforts every day, and you'll be surprised to find that you make a lot of progress without realizing it.

Watch your favorite show.

Trust me, your 40-minute run will breeze by if you're running while watching a TV show you love. You can simply set the show to run on Netflix or your TV, and don’t stop until the show ends. It's a great way to keep up with your run while doing something you enjoy.

Get out.

If you're sick of being cooped up indoors, it's time to get out. Sometimes a change of location and scenery can have a huge effect on your motivation. Head to the park, the hiking trail, the outdoor gym, or the local race track for a new place and way to work out.

Try something new.

Bored of lifting weights, training on the elliptical, or running on the treadmill? Time to try something new: a yoga class, a martial arts lesson, stair running, hill sprints, HIIT training, CrossFit, boxing, or outdoor cycling. Doing workouts that are fresh and new can have a huge effect on keeping you motivated.

Do it anyway.

In the end, it's persistence and dedication that will enable you to succeed with your workout program. You may really, really not feel like it, but remember that feelings come and go, but your determination to work out has to be permanent. Push yourself on those days when you're just not in the mood, and you'll find yourself feeling a whole lot better about doing it after you finish.

Follow this advice to help you get and stay motivated for your workout every day for the rest of your life!

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