How to Self-Motivate When You’re Just too Lazy to Exercise
I’ll be the first to admit it. I’ve gone through seasons in my life where I just “didn’t feel” like exercising. I can distinctly remember periods where I just didn’t care enough to get my butt in gear and put in the work it takes to truly see change. In Wilmington, we generally have enough motivation to be fit (and even tan!) when surrounded by sunny beaches, surfers, paddleboarders and yogis. The weather here is close to perfect and we easily live the majority of our lives in breezy beach dresses and shorts. So you get the picture. We aren’t in Nebraska where extra pounds can easily be hidden beneath layers of sweaters and winter coats. No, in Wilmington it’s still in the 80s in October, and no matter how you slice it, at some point there is no avoiding the work that has to be done in order to stay fit and healthy. So here’s what to do when you just aren’t feeling it. It’s time to push through those feelings and kick yourself back into gear!
Get a Workout Partner
When motivation is impossible to find, grab a workout partner and hit the gym. Whether it’s a good friend or a co-worker, working out with a partner has a tendency to make you work harder, push yourself further than you normally would and stay committed.
Update Your Playlist
Experts believe that listening to upbeat music while working out can actually reduce the perception of effort, increasing your endurance by 15%. You won’t feel like you’re working as much—which means you should be able to work out longer and harder.
Hit Boot Camp
Another popular way to reignite your desire to exercise is with a classic boot camp workout. Since boot camp is team-oriented—participants have a tendency to bond by having to “survive” the workouts together, which pushes everyone to exercise even harder.