How to Find the Motivation to Work Out


Working out can be a tedious and difficult task. It's hard to stay motivated when you're tired, hungry, thirsty—or maybe just plain lazy! Fortunately, there are many ways to encourage yourself to keep going. In this article, we'll explore some of the most popular strategies for staying on track with your fitness goals.

Create a morning workout routine

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You need to wake up early, eat a healthy breakfast and then go for a run. By doing this, you will start your day on the right foot and it will motivate you to keep up with these healthy habits throughout the rest of the day. If you don't have time in the morning there are lots of other things that you can do instead (like yoga).

Get a workout buddy

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This is the most important tip, so pay attention. Get a workout buddy. It's much easier to work out when you've got someone there to motivate you, keep you accountable, help with new exercises and share inspirational quotes with each other. Plus, if one of you feels like skipping a day at the gym after a long day of work, the other will remind him or her that they both need to go because they made plans together!

Sometimes having a workout buddy means more than just finding someone who wants to join in on your next sweat session—it may mean finding someone who can teach you new exercises or give advice on how to reach certain fitness goals that might be difficult for you alone (like getting rid of those love handles).

Remember your why

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When you feel like you’re not motivated to work out, remember why it’s so important. Remind yourself of the main reasons why working out is something that matters to you:

Create a vision board

A vision board is a collage of pictures and words that helps you visualize your future. It helps you focus on what you want to achieve and gives you motivation to work toward it, as well as keeps track of your progress.

What do I mean by "future"? This could be anything from next week's goal to the next 10 years of your life. For example, if this is a short-term goal for yourself (like getting into shape), then maybe it should be more about what type of health foods you're going to eat or whether or not you're going to join a gym after work rather than where exactly in Europe are we going on our honeymoon?

Examples: If someone wants to get fit but doesn't know how they'll look after losing weight yet, they could create a vision board using photos of people who have been successful at losing weight or fitness magazines with pictures inside them showing off different clothing styles that will fit their new body size once they've reached their goals

Create a goal

One of the best motivators for exercise is a goal. You may have heard of the S.M.A.R.T acronym, which stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. When you're setting goals for yourself in fitness or any other area of life, make sure they fit this criteria:

Specific —"I want to lose five pounds."

Measurable —"I will weigh myself on Monday after my workout and Thursday before my workout."

Attainable —"I can do it!"

Realistic —"I know I'm not going to be able to drop 20 pounds by next week."

Timely— "By December 31st (or whenever) I'll be able to run 10 miles without stopping."

Focus on the small wins

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If you're new to exercise, it's easy to get discouraged by setbacks. You might think about how long it will take for you to reach your fitness goals and lose hope, but that's the wrong way of thinking about it. Instead, focus on how far you've already come instead of how far away those goals are. If you can keep this philosophy in mind as you work out and make incremental improvements over time, then reaching those goals will feel much more achievable and rewarding when they finally do come around!

There are many ways to motivate yourself to work out, and they all come back to remembering your why.

It's a funny thing, the concept of motivation. We all know it's important to get into shape and stay that way, but often we're unable to do so because we can't seem to find the motivation. That being said, there are many different ways you can motivate yourself when it comes time for your workout. One thing you should remember is that motivation can come from anywhere (or anyone). It doesn't even have to be directly related to fitness or workouts; sometimes all you need is inspiration from others who share your goals and interests.

There are also plenty of things available in our everyday lives that inspire us—music, movies, books—and these things can provide great sources for finding out what motivates you most! If nothing else works though: remember why it is that YOU want something out of life? Remember WHY it's important? Because once I figured out this answer...


You can’t motivate yourself to work out. But you can find the motivation to do so by remembering your why and creating a vision board that includes your goals and small wins.

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