Skip Nav
Weight gain
5 Ways to Tone Your Tummy
10 Tabata Workouts That Will Help You Burn Some Serious Calories
Fitness Gear
Workout Clothes to Show Off Your Love of Wine

How Do You Motivate Yourself to Work Out?

Speak Up: How Do You Motivate Yourself to Work Out?

This chilly weather has put a damper on my get-up-and-go in the exercise department. Even though I always feel better after I work out, getting to the gym can be tough. I am blogging in my running gear as I write this — if I'm already dressed for the workout, I have one less excuse getting in the way of exercise.

I know I'm not alone in needing a little inspiration to get my heart rate up, so tell me, what things do you do to motivate yourself to keep up with your regular workout routine?

Join The Conversation
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I haven't been to the gym in a month and a half. Either I was sick or I was busy getting my paintings done for my show and now I just feel like a tired slug that sits on the couch once I get home and feel so tired all the time :\ I've been wanting to get back to the gym, but I've had no motivation or anything. Though I do have a wedding coming up in July. Lol. Motivation? Yes. Need to look good in my dress, especially my arms and back. I'm planning on going back to the gym tomorrow, starting with a weight class. I need to get back on track and get fit.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
Exercise to me is like brushing my teeth in the morning! IT WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN!!!
BeccaU BeccaU 7 years
I have a pic of Pink on my mirror. She inspires me to get off my skinny butt and work those muscles!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't need much motivation, either. I sleep in my sports bra and have my workout clothes ready in the bathroom. As soon as my alarm goes off, I go down to pee and my clothes are right there. I change into my clothes and I'm ready to go. Sometimes it's hard to drag myself out of bed, but when I remind myself of how awesome I'll feel when I'm done, it's a lot easier to get up and just do it. Another motivator...I generally only watch TV when I'm working out on the elliptical, so if I want to watch my favorite shows (like the Rachael Ray show and Dr. Oz), I HAVE to get up and work out or I don't watch them. It's a pretty decent motivator, actually.
Run2bfree067 Run2bfree067 7 years
all of the dirty little secrets are out!! During winter i need motivation. So, soon as I'm home I put on a pair of my favorite soffe short running shorts. I tell myself the only skin I will show must be toned and healthy. Then, if I'm still not feeling it I look up breakdancers on youtube. then when i run on my treadmill I turn off the lights so I'm i total darkness and pump up the music. Thats when I'm in the zone. Then, I'll close my eyes and imagine myself as that breakdancer in front of everyone, ripped and amazing. Choreagraph scenes in your head and before you know it the miles will start to fly by!!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
My primary motivation is my health. But if worrying about keeping diabetes at bay doesn't work, then I think about the great progress I've made over the past year & how I don't want to back track at all. Setting more goals helps, too. I am so close to getting through the 100 push ups program that I can't wait to be proud of myself for finishing it. And then there's the guilt I get when I skip work outs. I can't stand facing that!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Most of the time I just do it. Sometimes, if I'm really not into it I put on a cute sports bra and check out my abs. Yeah, it sounds conceited, but I worked hard for them and it usually gets my butt out the door.
meghanthefox meghanthefox 7 years
I know it's kind of mean, but I go on facebook and look at people I used to go to high school with and vow not to look like that.
Mila_83 Mila_83 7 years
I do not motivate myself - I just do it.For me exercise is non negotiable,I don't think about it twice, like I dont think twice about going to work, making dinner or taking shower.This approach work the best for me.
dsison dsison 7 years
that lady on is wild. pure muscle. pure sexy. als;kdfjasdf. though, i asked my boyfriend and he said that he honestly thinks that she may be too buff in the arms for him. you ladies have any partners telling you not to go too buff? ikeep telling him that it's too hard unless im taking a surplus of protein and what not.
northen123 northen123 7 years
Honestly? I'll either go on here, or find inspiration -often from a picture or TV show. The sight of someone else fit, healthy and toned makes me want to run a few miles and lift some weights!
marisaoswald marisaoswald 7 years
Mine is very similar to Angelica's. Every time I work out, I write it down on my google calendar. Seeing all the days I've done it makes me motivated to keep going! I also started Bar Method with a girlfriend, and when I feel lazy, she keeps me motivated to keep going.
nuttmegs17 nuttmegs17 7 years
In the late spring/summer/early fall, no motivation is necessary! I love bikeing and running outdoors. Exercise keeps me sane. But in the winter, its very tempting to want to just curl up on the couch and nap! I used to run outdoors in the winter, but couldnt stand it ripping apart my skin. So to keep myself motivated on a treadmill, I download guilty pleasures like gossip girl on my ipod. Also, my fiance goes to the gym with me. If I see him putting on his tennis shoes, it usually gets me off the couch! There is also no better motivation than realizing that your favorite jeans are a little tighter after the holidays! Signing up for events like 8ks and knowing I'll be in upcoming weddings keep me motivated as well (pictures are forever!) I wish I could work out while at work, but the gyms in my building are insanely expensive! Instead, I put on my coat and try and walk outdoors for a couple of miles during lunch (weather permitting) or I take the stairs (30 flights up and back down).
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 7 years
So funny, I'm also sitting here typing in my workout clothes. I *just* got home from work, and I knew if I didn't put on my workout clothes, I wouldn't get to my spin class. But now I'm forced to go!
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 7 years
Not doing a workout doesn't cross my mind as an option (unless I'm feeling sick or it's a rest day). It's just a habit to wake up early and head to the gym. Plus, my family members also joined the same gym as me so we're constantly asking each other how today's workout was.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Same here -- there's no need for me to motivate myself to exercise. I enjoy (and crave) it. I love the adrenaline I get from it, and I think my body is hooked on it. I exercise about 3 to 4 times a week, and I look forward to exercise days. I crave my exercise fix. I sound like an exercise junkie, and perhaps in some aspects, I am. :) I've been fitness exercising for over 20 years. It's a mainstay in my life.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
I also go to the gym right after work like adzmelissa or have a specific workout I know I am going to do at home. If I am really having a hard time getting motivated I analyze whether or not I may be overexercising and if I am not, I remind myself how lucky I am that I have the ability to run and be active. There are plenty of people in this world who can't and I don't think they would appreciate my whining about not feeling like it!
flyowsley flyowsley 7 years
I just remind myself of how good I will feel after-wards. The more you workout, the easier it gets. I am at that revelation stage of my get fit process, so it is easier to get motivated. Now if I only I could keep up my will-power against yummy foods.
briannaNicole briannaNicole 7 years
All the new years resolutioners are STILL going strong at my gym. Usually by the second week of Feb they've thinned out a bit but the extra crowds are an added negative for me and motivation is key right now. I change into workout clothes as soon as I get home which is probably the best way to get me to the gym. Sometimes I'll admit to the mister that I don't want to go and he's a great source of encouragement. And if I'm really desperate I'll pull out a swim suit and leave it somewhere visible like the bedroom door's just a few months away!!
mek123 mek123 7 years
This morning I really need the motivation; it was cold and I don't have any meetings until this afternoon. Then I thought that I've worked so hard to get where I am and that got me out of bed and to the gym. Late, but better than not going at all.
benheld benheld 7 years
I sign up for 5K and 10K races a few months in advance. When I'm lying in bed in the morning, and *considering* not getting up--I think about the race that I've already paid for, and how much I need to train for it.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
Oh yeah, another tip- if you really need a crazy amount of motivation to do something, then maybe it isn't for you. I cannot for the life of me motivate myself to attend workout classes of most kinds, but will run a 20k at the drop of a hat, or swim solidly for an hour, or jump rope for 40mins. If you don't get a buzz at the prospect of an activity, then choose one which does give you that sense of anticipation, and I swear you'll be half way there in terms of loving exercise!
Best Tank Tops For Summer Workouts
Alessandra Ambrosio's Best Workout Outfits
Monday Motivation Fitness Quotes
Cute Sports Bras
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds