Recently, I asked you guys to tell me all the things you dislike about exercising so that we can find ways to turn that hate into love. One thing that came up a lot is, "Once I'm working out I'm fine, but it's getting motivated to go that's the hard part."
It is true that actually stepping foot in the gym or outside for your run is half the battle of working out. When I am having a hard time motivating myself to go I tell myself, "It's just one hour — one hour and you can lay around and not feel guilty." If I am going to work out after work, I try to bring my stuff with me to work and go immediately. Going home from work and sitting on the couch is not an option because once I sink into to my couch, I'm not getting up to work out. No way.
Pump yourself up to go by playing upbeat music in the car or on your iPod. Look though a fitness magazine or browse FitSugar to get motivated. Put on your workout gear, since you'll feel weird taking them off if you never exercised in them. Tell everyone that you are going to work out, and you'll feel bad not going once you've bragged about it to all your pals. Plan a reward for when you're done breaking a sweat. Perhaps a stop in your favorite boutique? In the mornings, lay out your workout clothes beside your bed. Don't allow yourself coffee until after working out. Get a workout buddy, so you guys can help motivate each other, and you're accountable to someone other than only yourself.
Getting motivated is different for everyone but remember, stay away from that couch!
If you have your own ways of getting pumped up to exercise, share them in the comments section below.