What motivates you to get off the couch and get moving?
Is it the desire to fit into a smaller pant size or to get a flatter abdomen?
Is it the need to burn off the day’s stress and take a few moments entirely to yourself?
Or is it something else altogether?
Whatever your reason, we all have those days when it’s just not enough… And we need a some additional motivation.
Here are 10 ways you can get that extra push and get motivated to exercise today:
1. Keep track of your progress
If you feel like you’ve hit a plateau, you’ll be less motivated to work out because, well, if you’re not making any progress… what’s the point?
To avoid this, one of the very best things you can do is to keep an exercise journal. Whether it’s an online document, or a physical journal, it doesn’t matter—the important part is that you keep track of your progress so you don’t lose perspective.
Write down your reps, your completed times, your clothing size, your weight, your fat percentage… whatever is important to you. Be diligent about keeping track. Then make sure to go back and look at how far you’ve come every once in a while to keep motivated.
2. Have an accountability friend
When it comes to keeping commitments, most of us are pretty good at following through—at least when other people are involved.
Find someone to be accountable to for your workouts, and you’ll be much more motivated to keep your goals—simply because you have to answer to somebody else and you don’t want to look like a fool.
Another way to do this is to use a website like Stickk.com where you can set your goal and put money on the line to help motivate you to complete it.
For example, you could set a goal of working out five days a week for 30 days in a row. Stickk.com will make your goal public, and if you don’t achieve it, you’ll have to pay up—either to a friend, relative, colleague, charity, or worse, an anti-charity (an organization you hate).