how to get motivated to exercise (15 motivating tips)

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Getting motivated to exercise, starts before you go for a walk or lift weights.

Motivation stems from planning, being positive, acknowledging the benefits of the exercises you plan to do and that you’re not going to be perfect at every one of them.

By telling yourself that you’re going to give your next workout your best, that you may not like all of the exercises, but that you’ll have fun doing the ones you do enjoy, will help motivate you to start and complete the workout.

Going to bed a little earlier to get a little more sleep may be all that’s needed for that energy boost.

If you feel exhausted daily, start with a walk. Sometimes exercise will give you the energy you need, because moving around feels invigorating.

What foods you eat, and what drinks you consume, also factor into whether you’ll feel up to exercising.

Drinking alcoholic beverages the previous day will definitely tax your energy level and will make you feel like sleeping instead of moving.

If you eat a heavy meal before exercise, you’re not going to want to jump up and down, or do abdominal work. If your body requires to you to eat before exercising, choose something light, such as a fruit smoothie, or some fruit.

Fruit is an excellent pre-workout food because it’s low in calories, won’t upset your stomach, and the healthy carbs from fruit will give you an immediate source of glucose your muscles need.

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Simple things like putting on a comfortable exercise outfit that makes you feel good and look good, planning your workout in advance by picking the exercises, how many of each exercise you plan to do, putting the days you plan to workout on your calendar, deciding the start and end times of your workouts, choosing your favorite music or creating a playlist, are surefire ways to motivate you so you’re looking forward to exercising.

Top 15 tips to get motivated to exercise

  1. be positive
  2. acknowledge the benefits of exercise you plan to do
  3. understand that you’re not going to be perfect at every exercise
  4. tell yourself that you’re going to give your next workout your best
  5. you may not like all of the exercises, but you’ll love the results
  6. go to bed a little earlier to get a little more sleep
  7. avoid drinking alcoholic beverages the previous day
  8. don’t eat a heavy meal before exercise
  9. eat a light snack, such as a fruit smoothie, or some fruit, pre-workout
  10. put on a comfortable exercise outfit that makes you feel good and look good
  11. plan your workout in advance by picking the exercises
  12. decide in advance, how many of each exercise you plan to do by writing it down
  13. put the days you plan to workout on your calendar
  14. decide the start and end times of your workouts in advance
  15. choose your favorite music or create a playlist

 
Before COVID-19, before the lockdown, I went to the gym every day, not only because I worked there as a personal trainer, or because the gym has a lot more equipment than I do, but because it was fun. I got to speak to other people (and gym rats like me), see what other exercises that they do, and for that extra motivation of being in that loud, energizing environment. I created a video with invigorating music that will create that similar vibe to motivate you while you work out, to help push you a little harder, work out a little longer, lift a little heavier, and to try new exercises.

This video I put together contains over 80 clips of exercises I’ve performed, either at the gym, my yard, or my home gym, with upbeat music. You can walk and watch, or do whatever workout routine you want to the music, while feeling like you’re around, or with your top trainer, or gym buddy in your favorite fitness environment.

Here’s a partial list of the exercises shown in the video:

Play the above video to watch these exercises

 

Handing abdominal exercises

Hip thrusts on a Bosu ball with a single 70-lb dumbbell at Crunch Gym

Walking planks with chains

Single leg hip thrusts on a bench

Barbell overhead shrugs with 40-lbs

Squats with a 100-lb dumbbell (that’s about what I weigh!)

Never-ending squats

Wall-sit with four 35-pound plates totaling 140 pounds

Chest press on a pull-up machine’s foot pedal

Bent-over rows on a bench, back when it was World Gym

Push-ups on kettlebells

Lat pull downs

Side elbow plank while holding a swiss ball in between by feet

Static lunges with a plate under my heel while holding a heavy dumbbell in one hand

Side-leg lifts

Banded clamshells

Mixed grip sumo barbell deadlifts

Kneeling hip thrusts

Banded kickbacks

Heel-elevated goblet squats

Heels-elevated prisoner squats

Heels-elevated overhead squats

Single-leg glute bridge

Alternating, elevated banded glute marches

Kettlebell swings

Kettlebell deadlifts

Single-leg kettlebell deadlifts

Standing quad stretch

Standing hamstring stretch

Jump squats

rolling planks

side plank with hip lifts

swiss ball hamstring curls

foam roller hamstring curls

front and side step-ups

neutral grip pull-ups

pull ups from the floor

front and rear leg elevated lunges

push-ups on yoga blocks

dips on pull-up machine

skater squats

Bulgarian split squats

Lateral raises

Bent-arm lateral raises

Calf raises

Plie squats

Play the YouTube video above so see these exercises done properly with upbeat music.

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