Our Simple, Foolproof Method for Getting Yourself to the Gym

Our Simple, Foolproof Method for Getting Yourself to the Gym

WORKOUTS ARE ESSENTIAL, BUT CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING. WE ALL NEED MOTIVATION TO GET MOVING AND IT MIGHT JUST TAKE 60 SECONDS TO DO IT! 

Whether you enjoy working out at 6am or 6pm, we know it always takes a little extra motivation to roll out your yoga mat or hit the pavement. And sometimes the thought of a workout feels overwhelming because of the mental barriers in the way (it takes too much time, I don’t have a good playlist, I’m too tired…).  {Click to Tweet} When trying to motivate yourself to take on a big task, it’s helpful to break down all of the steps you need to accomplish in order to start. When you’re feeling more motivated to stay in bed or take a detour to the couch, use this 60-second tool to take small baby steps towards your next workout. If you complete all of the steps, it will be pretty hard not to feel motivated!

 

This might seem like an obvious step, but sometimes just the act of putting on your workout clothes is motivation enough to get going. When you’re trying to convince yourself to workout, don’t think about the actual workout right away, just focus on getting your workout clothes on.

 

If you’re committing to a self-directed workout (not a spin, barre, or yoga class), a well-crafted playlist always makes the sweat session a bit more enjoyable. Use these 5 seconds to pick your playlist. It’ll give you something to look forward to. Pro tip: save your favorite songs for the end to motivate yourself to finish the entire workout.

 

Know exactly what you’re going to do. Are you going to go out for a run or sign up for a yoga class? Make a decision and stick with it. Try making these 5 seconds even easier by scheduling your workouts or signing up for group exercise classes ahead of time to hold you accountable.

 

When trying to motivate yourself to take on a big task, it’s helpful to break down all of the steps you need to accomplish in order to start.

 

If you’re driving, get in the car. If you’re walking, or taking public transportation, head out the door. This is the hardest part, but once you get going you can build momentum to get started. We’ve never heard of anyone who drives to the gym but fails to go in.

 

This is a technique that even pro athletes use. If Olympians can visualize their way to gold medals, you can visualize your way to Pure Barre. Take 10 seconds to imagine yourself sweating and conquering those planks and squats. Doable, right?

 

Don’t you just wish you could just bottle up the feeling of post-workout bliss? It’s rare to regret a workout, but it's hard to remember how good you felt after when you’re just starting your next round. Follow up your 10 seconds of visualization by closing your eyes and recalling what you felt like at the end of your last workout. Strong? Accomplished? Ready to take on literally anything? How could you turn back now?

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How was your workout? Let us know how this tool works for you in the comments below.