Some days are great workout days. You feel energized, motivated, and excited to get moving. On other days, getting to the gym seems more like a chore you’d rather forget.
Despite how you feel, there are five easy ways to shift your attitude toward your daily workout. These tricks will not only make it easier to hit the gym, but you’ll also improve the quality of your workout.
1. Focus on a specific goal.
Why do you exercise in the first place? Having a goal that you’re working toward gives every workout a purpose.
Don’t overwhelm yourself. Choose a goal that is attainable and specific — to go jogging twice every week, not to run a half marathon by next month.
Write your goal on a sticky note and put it somewhere highly visible, like your bathroom mirror or refrigerator. This will provide a reminder of what you’re going to accomplish.
2. Visualize yourself accomplishing your fitness goals.
Visualization is a technique used by many athletes to help improve their performance — they picture themselves winning the race or scoring the goal.
The same principle can work for you too. Simply creating a mental picture of what you'll be doing in your workout, whether it be running, lifting weights or taking part in a yoga class, can increase your desire to make that exercise actually happen
3. Grab a workout buddy.
Exercise is better when you do it with a friend. There’s nothing more motivating than knowing someone is waiting for you at the gym. Not only will a workout buddy help you avoid skipping exercise when you’re feeling unmotivated, but you will also work harder too.
Ask a friend to be your training partner and then schedule workout times that can be consistent from week to week. This will build good exercise habits for both of you.
4. Create a high-energy playlist.
What song makes it hard for you to sit still? When you’re not feeling motivated to exercise, this type of upbeat music can make all the difference.
Enjoyable music can brighten your mood and distract your mind from the effort of exercise. Create a playlist of songs that have a quick beat — the faster beat will push you to keep up with its pace.
5. Find ways to reward yourself.
One of the biggest hurdles to regular exercise is the fact that the end goal (like losing weight, looking fitter, getting stronger etc.) is so far removed from the exercise itself. Results take time and it can be easy to get impatient.
That’s why you need to build in rewards that provide instant gratification. Treating yourself with a relaxing bath after a particularly tough workout can be a nice way to recognize your hard work. A small reward can be enough motivation to get a workout done on those days when you feel like giving up.