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5 Of The Best Workout Motivation Techniques

5 Of The Best Workout Motivation Techniques

Most of us understand the importance of working out regularly and eating well.

Being in great shape means you look good, feel good, live longer and can do more in your life — enjoying your life to its fullest.

Being physically fit also makes you much more attractive to those around you, so your love life will always be exciting!

With all of these incredible advantages, why is it so hard for some people to remain motivated?

Many of us struggle to make time for the gym or we don’t push ourselves hard enough to make substantial gains.

A little bit more motivation is required to make sure we reach peak physical fitness.

This article will focus on that very subject — motivation.

We’ll share a few excellent motivational techniques that will help you exercise regularly and get the most out of each workout.

The best exercise motivation techniques

#1 — Give yourself a reward after you workout

Working out and eating well is incredibly rewarding for the reasons mentioned earlier.

However, those rewards can take a while to achieve.

You may have to workout for 12 months or more to achieve your fitness goals or ideal weight.

It can sometimes be difficult to use these long term rewards as a source of motivation.

You can try using some short term rewards to get yourself into the habit of working out.

After you finish working out, reward yourself with a healthy banana smoothie or watch an episode of your favourite television show.

You could add a social reward to working out, like having a coffee or beer with a friend after each workout (just make sure you don’t overdo the beers!).

Your brain will quickly link these short term rewards with working out.

You will look forward to your workout because it is associated with the pleasure of these other activities.

Eventually going to your workout will become a habit, then a part of your lifestyle.

#2 — Make fitness a social event

It is common knowledge that working out with friends is much more enjoyable.

Encourage your friends to start exercising with you.

Go for runs together, meet up at the gym, take aerobics classes together, or join a CrossFit class with a friend.

If none of your friends are interested in improving their fitness right now, look for exercise classes that have many people of a similar age to you.

You might actually make some great new friends by attending an exercise class.

If you are chatting, laughing, and having fun during your exercise class, you will be more likely to continue attending classes and you will eventually reach your fitness goals.

#3 — Use music, videos, and photos as motivational tools

Create a collection of songs, videos, and photographs that you find inspiring.

They can include things like:

  • Youtube playlists of famous sports commercials.
  • Photographs of people who have your ‘ideal’ body.
  • Music videos featuring your favourite pop star (videos featuring fit pop stars showing off their body work well).
  • Motivational YouTube videos (there are thousands to choose from).
  • A playlist of your favourite songs.

Refer to these sources of inspiration before a workout to get yourself pumped!

#4 — Visualise the positive aspects of your workout

Visualisation can be a powerful tool for anyone interested in improving their fitness.

Start by visualising how you will feel when performing an exercise.

For example, if you will be riding a bike, think about how good it will feel to have the sun on your face and wind trough your hair.

If you are going to the gym, think about how good your arms will feel after you have performed a few dumbbell curls.

After you have visualised how good your body will feel during and after the exercise, visualise the long-term results of your fitness plan.

Visualise how your body might look with well defined abdominal muscles or larger biceps.

Imagine how other people might see you when you walk into a room looking fit and healthy.

Think about the compliments that other people will give you when you are looking your best.

If you are struggling to visualise how you might look, use photos or videos for inspiration.

You will be surprised by the change in your motivation levels after visualising the positive aspects of being fit and healthy!

#5 — Make a serious commitment to getting fit

Researchers have discovered that people are more likely to follow through on a commitment if it is treated seriously and made in front of other people.

If you tell your friends that you are going to go to the gym for the next 12 weeks you are much more likely to follow through on that pledge.

This concept works particularly well if there is a penalty associated with not meeting that commitment.

You could bet a friend £100 that you will finish your 12 week training session.

You will find yourself working out for 12 weeks to avoid the humiliation of losing the bet!

Another alternative is to sign up for workout programs that charge you money even if you don’t attend classes.

You will feel ‘ripped off’ if you don’t attend, which gives you additional incentive to make it to each class.

Thanks for reading 5 Of The Best Workout Motivation Techniques!

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Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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