5 Motivational Tricks to Get You Pumped to Work Out

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Wish you were a gym rat? One of those folks who loved to hit the gym, hit the pavement and, well, HIIT it? Well, researchers have been studying the psychology of motivation for a looong time now, and they’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to making a habit of exercise. We partnered with NordicTrack (which, by the way, guys: have you seen this — it’s a treadmill like running outside!) to pare all that research down and pick out the tricks that really work, so that you can use them and start getting hooked on exercise fast. Try ’em!


1. Connect With Your Why

We are HUGE proponents of finding — and then connecting with — your “why” every day. Why do you want to be healthy and fit? Why do you deserve to make time for workouts? Why are you worth taking care of? Get really honest with yourself and answer those deep questions, and then, every morning, remind yourself of your whys. Finding your deep inner motivation (and everyone’s is a little different!) and keeping it top of mind will go a long way in helping you to not just get motivated, but to stay motivated.

2. Give It Five

Does the idea of an hour … or even a 30-minute workout … have you saying UGH? Then go with one of our favorite motivational tricks: just commit to five minutes. Yes, five minutes! Hey, you can do anything for five minutes, and often times the hardest part of exercise is just getting started. Once you’re five minutes in, you probably won’t mind going for another five … and then another … and then another!

3. Grab a Bud

Whether it’s a friend, romantic partner, co-worker or family member, there is power in numbers! And people with workout buddies tend to not only work out more regularly but they also have more fun doing it (okay, so science doesn’t prove that second part, but we know it to be true!).

4. Set Yourself Up for Success

So much of being fit and healthy is just being prepared. Are you wearing shoes and clothes that allow you to move when the opportunity arises? Do you have access to the right equipment (like those cool treadmills we mentioned earlier)? Are you thinking positive you-can-do-it thoughts? Are you making time for you and your workouts? Just like anything, in the right healthy environment, you’re more likely to thrive!

5. Use a Mantra

We all have healthy and not-so-healthy days. And that’s cool. That’s life! But if you’re needing an extra motivational kick in the pants, pick a mantra that inspires you. Maybe it’s a quote or a line from a poem or an ad or a phrase you just really like — whatever it is, use it as often as needed.

What other motivational tricks work for you? Going along with the mantra idea, I like to play certain songs (like — confession — “2 Legit 2 Quit”) to get me going! Jenn

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  1. Izzy says:

    Love these tips. x
    Izzy | Pinch of delight

  2. Paola says:

    These are wonderful tips to stay motivated! Having someone to keep you accountable can help you push through and keep going!

  3. Thanks for the tips! Something that keeps me motivated, I like to have a plan. Sometimes when I go to the gym without a plan of attack, I end up on the treadmill for a little bit and then wander around some more. But when I have a list in my head or phone of the exercises I want to complete, I find that I feel more motivated to complete my gym goal for that day, I utilize my time much more efficiently and feel accomplished after my workout. Thanks again!

  4. Nikki says:

    I totally needed this post!! I’ve been totally off my fitness game since I had a bad cold a couple of weeks ago. It’s so hard to get motivated after a week of being unable to workout. I’m already thinking of a solid mantra I can use. My tip to get motivated is to have a specific instagram account for tracking fitness, not only does it keep you accountable but when you follow only fitness and clean eating accounts on that gram, it puts you in the mood for a good workout and a clean, green meal. Every morning I spend a few minutes trying to wake up by looking at instagram and when I’m logged into my fitness instagram ( @saladsandselfies ) I become inspired automatically by all of the fitness and food accounts I follow.

  5. Manon says:

    I definitely always use the “give it five” ! works wonders !

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