5 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

We all know how important it is to be physically active, but exercising regularly isn’t as easy as it sounds. Sometimes it can be very hard to find the motivation to get up and do your daily workout. So, here are a few simple ways that will inspire you to stay on track.

Create a schedule

One of the easiest ways to stay motivated when it comes to exercise is to make it a habit. Exercise shouldn’t be something you should do, but something that you absolutely have to do. Once it becomes a part of your everyday life and your daily routine, it will be much easier to dedicate yourself to it. In order to create a good schedule, decide how many days a week you’re going to hit the gym or go for a run. Then, note your workouts in your planner or calendar just like you would note your business meeting or doctor’s appointment. This might seem extreme, but when your workouts become obligatory, you’ll have an easier time staying motivated.

Set small goals

Working out without a goal can become very boring very quickly. So, make sure to set a few small and reachable goals for yourself that will keep you pushing forward. Make them realistic and concrete. For instance, try to lose 3 kilograms, try to run 1 kilometer without stopping or try to exercise every day during a designated month. This way, you’ll be able to track your progress and have a clear reason why you work out. Exercising just because you know you should will not keep you motivated for long.

Come up with a good eating plan

If you want to see the results and stay motivated to continue exercising, you simply must eat clean. First, you need to start avoiding junk food and overly processed sugary foods and drinks. It’s the hardest part of eating healthy, but it’s the key to success. One great way to stay on track is to start preparing your meals in advance. This way, you’ll always have healthy and nutritious meals at hand and you won’t have a chance to succumb to the temptation of ordering fast food. You can also have some recovery supplement drinks ready. For instance, BCAA supplements can help you battle muscle soreness, boost your recovery time and benefit your retention of maximum muscular force. Just mix it with water and you’ll get a tasty and refreshing beverage. It’s so much better than any drink you could buy at the store and much tastier and more beneficial than water.

Join a class

Some people can work out alone and stay motivated, but if you simply don’t have that amount of discipline, try joining a class. It will help you find your competitive spirit and push yourself to the max. Plus, you might find some amazing friends and have many laughs while you sweat it out. If you don’t like the idea of group exercise, you can find a friend who’s willing to boost their fitness. You will be an amazing support to one another and get in shape while nurturing your friendship.

Treat yourself when you achieve good results

Every time you reach a goal you’ve set, make sure to give yourself a little treat. However, make sure to invest in something that will not set you back and ruin your hard work, but inspire you to work even harder. For instance, you can buy a new pair of running shoes or invest in a piece of workout equipment you’ve been eyeing. You can book a nice recovery massage or book a fun activity with your friends (bowling is super fun yet it burns a lot of calories).

Just keep in mind that there’s a huge prize waiting for you if you exercise regularly. You’ll feel energized and healthy, and look amazing, too! So, try these motivational tricks and you’ll certainly reach your workout goal.


By Peter Minkoff

Peter is a lifestyle and travel writer at Men-Ual magazine, living between Ústí nad Labem and Antwerp. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.