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How to Motivate Yourself to Work Out

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Workout Motivation

Even with the best intentions to work out, sometimes making it to the gym just feels rough. Don't feel guilty or place unnecessary blame — we've all been there! Turn things around and get in a workout with these easy tips that will get your butt moving and keep you motivated throughout your workout.

  1. Set minigoals: Push yourself with an interval workout that keeps things interesting, add a second set of reps on that tough exercise, or try out a new machine. Keeping yourself engaged with little milestones ensures a quality workout.
  2. Bring new music: Nothing motivates like a quality workout playlist. Add a handful of new songs you love, or check out one of our fresh fitness playlists for all your cardio needs.
  3. Grab a friend: Whether you're looking for a running buddy or a little healthy competition in a group class, fitness is more fun when you've got friends involved.
  4. Keep it quick: There will be times when you have to be flexible; obligations arise, and you have to plan accordingly, but one of our favorite mantras is, "a short workout is better than no workout at all." Even 10 or 20 minutes of exercise can keep you on track and is worth the effort.
  5. Track your progress: Rocking a fitness tracker can be a surprisingly motivating purchase, but something as small as jotting down the time you spent working out or the number of calories you burned leaves you feeling accomplished.
  6. Design a post-workout ritual: Whether it's a coffee from the best spot in your neighborhood, a cold-pressed juice, or a long session in the steam room, treat yourself after you've worked out hard. It will make it all well worth it!
  7. Know that you'll sleep better: If your sleep quality has been lacking, it's even more important to make time for a gym session. You'll always drift to sleep more naturally after you've pushed your body.
  8. Think about how you'll feel after: Some days no matter how you look at it, your workout is not going to be the most pleasant experience on the planet. But the sense of accomplishment you feel after you challenge yourself, complete a workout, and fulfill that commitment to yourself? There's no better feeling than that.
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