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Quick Ways to Motivate a Workout

Not Psyched to Sweat? Motivate a Workout in 5 Minutes or Less

You work out every day at noon, but today, you just don't feel like it. When you're suffering from the workout blahs, you need a few techniques in your hydration tool belt to instantly inject some pep in your step. Think of these the next time you need quick motivation — you'll be in your sports bra and sneakers in no time!

  • Ask Madonna for help: You know how you hear your favorite upbeat song and you can't help but bop your head and mouth the words? Use the power of music to motivate your workout, by blasting a booming, fast-paced tune. By the time the three minutes are up, you'll be out the door. Need some new tunes? Check out this list of top 100 workout songs.
  • The power of a few words: Sometimes all it takes is to hear one quote about sweating it out, and you're on your feet, ready to go. This one always gets me psyched: "The hardest step for a runner is the first one out of the front door." Read through these motivational quotes to inspire your workout, or print out your faves and look at them the next time you need a kick in the pants.
  • Phone a friend: Make a quick call to a good friend. Tell them you're thinking of skipping out, and they'll tell you exactly what you need to hear, "Just do it because you know you'll feel so much better afterward." Maybe they'll even join you!
  • Follow the five-minute rule: Even if you don't want to, get dressed and start working out for at least five minutes. Within the first few minutes, you'll probably feel more energized and will want to keep going. If you still don't feel like it, then you probably truly need a break.
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