We all want to be fit and healthy, but some days it can be hard to drag yourself off the couch and get that heart rate pounding. Well, procrastinate no more with these 30 ways to motivate yourself to train this summer.
1. Turn Down The Air Conditioning
Turning down the air conditioning just a couple of degrees is a perfect way to motivate yourself to train. That's because working out gets you moving and warmed up. However, be sure to remember to perform some thorough stretches first, or you could strain yourself.
2. Keep Your Gym Clothes Fresh
Nobody wants to wear dirty gym clothes. You could have one set of gym gear and wash it after each workout, or have more than one set so that you will have clean, fresh clothing to wear whenever you need it.
3. Set Your Alarm Clock
If you have an 'ordinary' alarm clock like the one above, you can stick a note to it - in big, bold letters, write 'work out!' across it. Those of you with cellphones can set up an alarm called 'work out!' so that you have that commitment front and center every time you wake up.
4. Join Fitness Classes
Joining a fitness class makes you accountable not just to yourself but also to your bank balance. It's difficult not to show up when you've already paid for a block of classes, and a great way to keep you socializing healthily.
5. Maintain A Positive Body Image
You only get one body, so you have to learn to love what you see when you look in the mirror. Have confidence within, and it will shine through to keep you motivated and pushing on.
6. Start Your Day With A Smile
There are lots of ways to get yourself motivated. One of the best is to turn that frown upside down. Switch things up and make your morning a happy place to be: firstly, get a coffee on, then turn up the music and dance. It's a rare but happy gift to look forward to getting out of bed!
7. Aim For An Achievable Goal
It's far easier to stay motivated and inspired when you have an achievable goal in mind. As soon as your goal is in the bag, you can celebrate a job well done and set your next challenge.
8. Fill Your Cupboards With Healthy Snacks
You have to want to eat healthily to be able to do it consistently. The best way to keep things healthy is to get rid of all the junk food in your cupboards and fill it with healthy foods that look and taste amazing. Don't forget the healthy treats: peanut butter, fresh ripe fruits, and nuts are all perfect, quick, and easy.
9. Buy A Fitness Magazine Subscription
Magazine subscriptions, whether digital or printed, are an easy way to feel like part of a community. You could even try a podcast if you prefer to listen instead of reading.
10. Try Working Out At A Different Time Of The Day
If you usually work out when you get home from your shift, or if a morning run is your thing, try switching up your timings once in a while. Even once a week can help keep things fresh, positively helping your motivation levels.
11. Get Good Quality Workout Clothes
Your workout gear must be right for the job. If your kit chafes, rides up, doesn't wick away sweat, or isn't right for your body shape, you won't want to wear it. Always invest in high-quality clothing meant explicitly for your activity, knowing it will support you for years to come.
12. Update Your Workout Playlists
Music is an unbeatable motivator. Whatever your sport, music will add some zing to your workout. For example, for those who jog, try tracking your pace and searching for music at the same tempo - it's a great way to pace yourself and keep your flow steady.
13. Get Yourself A Personal Trainer
Personal trainers are the best way to get you motivated and also to make sure that your workouts are productive and right for you. They assess your goals, your body condition, fitness levels, and put together a tailored plan - then make you stick to it.
14. Get Smart With Your Shopping
One tip for keeping your shopping trips healthy is straightforward but very useful: don't do it. Shop online instead - smart shopping is healthy shopping, free of bad snacks and unhealthy choices.
15. Reward Yourself
One of the most effective ways to motivate yourself to train is to reward yourself when you achieve your goal. It can be whatever you want: a new phone or even a visit to the spa. Promise yourself something beautiful, and stick to it.
16. Don't Forget Family Time
Family time is a massive part of most of our lives. Don't forget yourself or them - by keeping yourself happy and healthy, you can spend better quality time with your loved ones.
17. Don't Forget Healthy Eating
Healthy eating is not all about lettuce. Ok, lettuce helps, but it's just one of your healthy options. You need a balance of foods, including calories, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, in the right amounts to support your body through a workout. Without eating healthily, you will struggle to get around the track or to the end of the set.
18. Remind Yourself You Can Do This
Remind yourself regularly that you can do this - for example, imagine you are buddying with a friend who struggles to run - you wouldn't tell them they're useless, would you? Of course not. Next time, imagine you're encouraging a buddy who is running or exercising with you. It works!
19. Start Your Day Right
Positively start your day - leave yourself lots of time, fill the cupboards beforehand with natural, healthy breakfast items. Schedule in some regular 'you' time, and you'll quickly feel brighter and more energized, ready for your day (and likewise your workout!).
20. Get Your Heart Rate Up
Anyone who ordinarily prefers a lower impact form of exercise should try getting a cardio workout in once in a while to get your heart rate up. There are many ways to get there, such as working to the elusive 'runner's high' to get the satisfaction of a sprint finish. Go for it!
21. Have Different Workout Routines
Sticking with the same routine gets old after a while - the same order, the same reps, the same jogging route. Even the same number of laps of the pool can get dull after a while. Freshen things up - try a different pool now and again, a change of route, new reps, or a rearranged routine order.
22. Invest In A Decent Fitness Tracking Device
An effective way of motivating yourself to train is to be able to see tangible progress as you go. Fitness trackers and sports watches have made massive progress over recent years and can now help you actively track your fitness levels and even weight loss. Equally, they can also help spot when you plateau or start to lose fitness on a break.
23. Surround Yourself With Fitness Friends
Get a group of friends around you who also love working out. It doesn't have to be many - even one will do, and they don't have to be in your regular social circle. You could befriend someone at your local gym or even just on the training circuit - it'll make you feel more accountable and give you something to look forward to when you see them.
24. Challenge Yourself
Setting a goal is the ultimate way to push yourself, although a goal can generally be moved around or reset. As you gain confidence in your training ability, signing up for a marathon or local race gives you something stable and static to aim for, motivating you to keep going when you're struggling.
25. Hit The Gym
If you usually train alone or outside, you could try dropping into the gym every once in a while. The atmosphere is entirely different, and you could pick up some new techniques or challenges.
26. Join A Virtual Challenge
With Covid-19 making its way around the planet, we have learned new ways to adapt our routines. Many people are now looking to online challenges, as opposed to the traditional group exercise methods. It's flexible and easily maintains security around both social distancing and privacy.
27. Change Your Workouts Each Season
As summer rolls on and the evenings start to get colder, so could your motivation. One way to avoid this is to have a moving routine - for example, cardio running in spring, swimming in summer, then back to the gym for strength training in the fall, finishing with spinning classes over winter. You can still keep your cardio and weights up. Just shift the focus as the year changes.
28. Use Social Media
Using social media to your advantage can be a real boost to your motivation levels. Why not call out your workout before you do it? Publish your workout schedule or routine (with the right privacy settings, of course). People will help and encourage you along, getting you ready and set for your next achievements.
29. Replace Your Kit Regularly
Sneakers are generally only useful for four to six hundred miles and running bras for six to twelve months (depending on how often you wash them). They are just two examples of kits that can degrade over time and will eventually stop supporting your performance, which is an absolute motivation killer. Keep your equipment up to date, and it will look after you.
30. Never Train Through Injury Without Professional Guidance
Training through an injury is never fun, as any seasoned athlete will tell you. If you do end up with an injury, don't try to push on through - you could do severe damage, resulting in significant amounts of time down, undoubtedly affecting your motivation and progress (likely your morale, too). Always make sure you get advice from a professional as to the best approach to fitness during recovery.
These 30 ideas are just the tip of the iceberg and will help you get your willpower and motivation going this summer. See if you can think of any more, and get yourself out there and training! You can do it!