It is tempting to hit the snooze button on your alarm or make excuses when you’re feeling lazy to workout. It’s important that you know it is called working out for a reason—you have to show up and do something in order to see results. Here are little inspiring ways in which you can push yourself to get your fitness on-
1. Visualize your Fitness Goals
Visualization is a valuable tool that has been used by athletes for decades. By closing your eyes and envisioning what it would look and feel like to achieve a fitness goal or to complete an exercise, it preps us physically and psychologically for the task at hand. If you’re contemplating skipping a workout, sit down for a few minutes and visualize how you’d feel post your work out gym and how it would bring you one step closer to your goal.
2. Put On Your Best Workout Gear, Even If You Aren’t Feeling Up To It
Sometimes wearing your favourite sports bra or a fitting pair of yoga pants is even more important than heading out the door to go to the gym. Studies have shown that our brains are susceptible to “enclothed cognition”, meaning that dressing for the part can help spur your ambition to complete a chosen task. If you’re dressed head to toe in your workout gear, you’re far more likely to head out the door.
3. Surround Yourself with Motivation
Hang up motivational pictures or uplifting quotes on mirrors, calendars, refrigerators. Write and stick your goal weight or a picture of those abs you want — so it’s a constant reminder to work toward that fitness goal.
4. Team Up With a Buddy
Making plans to have a joint workout with a friend can help. You are less likely to skip the session if you feel like someone else is counting on you to attend. What makes this even better, is seeing your friend perform, for instance running a longer distance will also motivate you to push yourself, and share tips and celebrate each other’s progress along the way.
5. The Playlist
Music can heighten your workout experience. What you need to put together is an amazing playlist that can motivate you in a way you never thought was possible. With peppy beats, you easily slip through an intense workout session.
6. Think About Where You Started
When you feel you want to quit working out, think about the time you started and how you looked in the mirror at that very moment. Think about what made you pursue this in the first place. Remember how long it took you to get here and the transformation you have achieved.
Will you want to start all over again and undo all the hard work you’ve already put in? Think of all those times, you wanted to buy clothes and they didn’t look good because of the extra weight. It is not only about the motivation, but it comes down to remembering why you began in the first place.