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Easy Ways to Get Motivated to Workout

Easy Ways to Get Motivated to Workout

Everyone struggles with coming up with the motivation to work out. If exercise were as easy as sitting on the couch eating popcorn, everyone would be an Ironman. Alas, staying fit takes work and a few clever mind tricks to keep us lacing up our Nikes and knocking out a great workout consistently.

1) Get a workout buddy for accountability

Whether you are lucky enough to find that special someone to kick your butt daily for free or you hire a trainer, having someone to motivate you is critical. Being accountable to someone for fitness goals is much more effective than answering to yourself. You will work much harder for someone else and see results faster.

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2) Join a club

The social aspect of working out is a great motivator to keep it up. No matter your fitness passion, there are great clubs in your area filled with amazing potential friendships. You will meet people who can encourage you and give you training tips. You can also tap into your competitive nature and try to keep up with the fastest members of the group. Joining my running and triathlon clubs improved my racing performance better than anything other factor.

3) Goals = Dreams with a Deadline

Determine your goals, write them down, and share them with accountability partners to keep you honest. Remember to make your goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Sensitive).

4) Work towards something

I don’t get serious about my workouts until I am training for a race. The fear of failure is a great motivator. Knowing your race times will be available to the world is often the final push needed to put in the time in training to see a new personal record.

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5) Reward yourself for reaching goals

Find fun ways to reward yourself for reaching your goals. Tell yourself if you reach a certain waist size, you will go shopping for sexy new clothes. Or, if you meet a fitness benchmark, you will plan a fun weekend getaway. Whatever you want to do, make it a prize for a challenge you can conquer.

6) Mark your calendar

Remember when your teacher put a gold star by your name for attendance? It was a major motivator for me to see an unbroken star streak. Believe it or not, this still works after kindergarten! Put a mark (or gold star if you prefer) on your calendar for every day you work out. After a while, seeing all that progress starts to look great and you don’t want to break the streak.

7) Read motivating stuff

Read books about your favorite athletes! Study how they overcame their training struggles – like lacking motivation – and implement their strategies into your routine. Ask your friends and fellow athletes to share positive stories about how they overcame difficulties. Filling your mind with inspiration often leads to perspiration.

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8) Get great entertainment for the workout

If you have a lot of alone time while training, make sure to fill up your iPod with motivating music or funny audiobooks. Only let yourself listen to those specific programs while working out. Whatever you choose, make sure you will have a good time. If you don’t have fun, you lose motivation quickly.

9) Embrace adventure

Try to find exciting new routes and adventure for your workouts. Exploration is a big part of life. Make sure you are working out in the most beautiful place possible. For example, instead of swimming in a pool, I embrace open-water workouts and swim through schools of beautiful fish. Instead of running on a dusty track, I will run barefoot on the beach or climb mountains to be rewarded with beautiful views from the top.

10) Acknowledge your success

Too many times, we just look on our failures. Don’t fall in this trap of being so hard on yourself. Instead, keep track of your successes. For example, here’s how it sounds in my head after a race, “Remember when you couldn’t run a mile? Well, now you ran a marathon. So what if the time wasn’t exactly what you wanted! There’s always the next race! But… YOU JUST RAN A MARATHON!” Keeping this mindset can help you off the precipice of more than a few potential pity parties.

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11) Have hot running clothes

The more you feel like an elite athlete, the better you will perform. When you know you look good during your workout, you are more motivated to keep it up!

12) Find what motivates you

We are all unique. I happen to be motivated by my own personal head games. For example, as soon as I wake up, I put on my running clothes. This way, I’m in the mindset to get my workout knocked out early in the day. I also have a better-earn-your-shower rule. This means that I don’t get to take a shower unless I’ve earned it by doing a workout. Of course, there are exceptions to this, but I try to follow it. Since I love taking a daily shower, I also make sure to earn it with a daily workout first.

Just remember, motivation is not a blessing reserved for a select few, it is a skill that can be learned and improved with time. Dig deep. Find your passion. Implement these strategies. And go for your dreams!

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Last Updated on May 17, 2019

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

What Is the Comfort Zone?

The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

1. You will be scared

Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

That’s what separates winners from losers.

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2. You will fail

Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

3. You will learn

Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

4. You will see yourself in a different way

Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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5. Your peers will see you in a different way

Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

6. Your comfort zone will expand

The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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7. You will increase your concentration and focus

When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

8. You will develop new skills

Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

9. You will achieve more than before

With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

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