Even the most dedicated exercisers have bad days. Sometimes the last thing anyone wants to do is get out of bed and go work out. It’s easy to fall into an exercise rut and get bored, so the key is to make fitness exciting again. Here are 10 sure fire ways to spark your motivation and get excited about exercise again:
- Buy new fitness equipment to use in your home when you can’t make it to the gym. Some cheap places to start are dumbbells, yoga mats, new fitness DVDs or resistance bands.
- Hire a personal trainer, even if you can only afford one session. Learning new moves will get you excited about making improvements in your health and fitness.
- Buy yourself a new gym outfit or gear to boost your confidence.
- Go for an urban adventure. Most people run or bike through quiet, low populated areas, but new scenery with tons of people and activity can really energize your body and senses. Be sure to watch out for cars.
- Follow your workout with a massage and/or pedicure as a nice reward.
- Try a new exercise you have never tried before for each muscle group. You may find a few more favorites to add to your routine.
- Buy a few issues of a few different fitness magazines and get motivated by the models. Girls: Strong is the new skinny, so admire muscle tone and strength instead of super skinny models. Guys: You gotta work for those guns!
- Focus on a new goal. If your current goal isn’t enough to get you to the gym, perhaps it’s time to focus on something new.
- Try a different mode of exercise. If you usually hit the gym, hit the trails. If you are an avid biker, try a different sport, like tennis.
- Be an inspiration to someone you know. Invite them to come to the gym with you, and teach them all your moves.
Motivation wanes, so you have to have a back up plan to get you excited about working out. Find the trick that works for you, or try a different strategy each time you feel the ‘blahs’ coming on.
In Good Health,
Kelly Turner is a Seattle area ACE Certified Personal Trainer, health and fitness writer and editor of the fitness website, PhysiqueSpeak.com. To contact Kelly with any questions, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.