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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 July 18, 2019

What Makes People Happy? 20 Secrets of “Always Happy” People

What Makes People Happy? 20 Secrets of “Always Happy” People

Some people just seem to float through life with a relentless sense of happiness – through the toughest of times, they’re unfazed and aloof, stopping to smell the roses and drinking out of a glass half full.

They may not have much to be happy about, but the simplicity behind that fact itself may make them happy.

It’s all a matter of perspective, conscious effort and self-awareness. Listed below are a number of reasons why some people are always happy.

1. They Manage Their Expectations

They’re not crushed when they don’t get what they want – or misled into expecting to get the most out of every situation. They approach every situation pragmatically, hoping for the best but being prepared for the worst.

2. They Don’t Set Unrealistic Standards

Similar to the last point, they don’t live their lives in a constant pursuit towards impossible visions of perfection, only to always find themselves falling short of what they want.

3. They Don’t Take Anything for Granted

Happiness rests with feeling fulfilled – those who fail to stop and appreciate what they have every now and again will never experience true fulfillment.

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4. They’re Not Materialistic

There are arguing viewpoints on whether or not money can really buy happiness; if it can, then we know from experience that we can never be satisfied because there will always be something newer or better that we want. Who has ever had enough money?

5. They Don’t Dwell

They don’t sweat the small things or waste time worrying about things that don’t really matter at the end of the day. They don’t let negative thoughts latch onto them and drain them or distract them. Life’s too short to worry.

6. They Care About Themselves First

They’re independent, care for themselves and understand that they must put their needs first in order to accommodate the needs of others.

They indulge, aim to get what they want, make time for themselves and are extremely self-reliant.

7. They Enjoy the Little Things

They stop to smell the roses. They’re accustomed to find serenity when it’s available, to welcome entertainment or a stimulating discussion with a stranger when it crosses their path. They don’t overlook the small things in life that can be just as important.

8. They Can Adapt

They’re not afraid of change and they work to make the most out of new circumstances, good or bad. They thrive under pressure, are not overwhelmed easily and always embrace a change of pace.

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9. They Experiment

They try new things, experience new flavors and never shy away from something they have yet to experience. They never order twice from the same menu.

10. They Take Their Time

They don’t unnecessarily rush through life. They work on their own schedule to the extent that they can and maneuver through life at their own relaxing pace.

11. They Employ Different Perspectives

They’re not stuck in one perspective; a loss can result in a new opportunity, hitting rock bottom can mean that there’s no where to go but up.

12. They Seek to Learn

Their constant pursuit of knowledge keeps them inspired and interested in life. They cherish information and are on a life-long quest to learn as much as they can.

13. They Always Have a Plan

They don’t find themselves drifting without purpose. When something doesn’t go as planned, they have a plan for every letter in the alphabet to fall back on.

14. They Give Respect to Get It

They are respectful and, in turn, are seen as respectable; the respect they exude earns them the respect they deserve.

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15. They Consider Every Opportunity

They always have their eyes open for a new road, a new avenue worth exploring. They know how to recognize opportune moments and pounce on them to make the most of every situation. Success is inevitable for them.

16. They Always Seek to Improve

Perpetual self-improvement is the key towards their ongoing thirst for success. Whatever it is they do, they take pride in getting better and better, from social interactions to mundane tasks. Their pursuit at being the best eventually materializes.

17. They Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

They’re not ones to get offended easily over-analyze or complicate matters. They laugh at their own faults and misfortunes.

18. They Live in the Moment

They don’t live for tomorrow or dwell on what may have happened yesterday. Every day is a new opportunity, a new chapter. They live in the now, and in doing so, get the most out of every moment.

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19. They Say Yes

Much more often than they say no. They don’t have to be badgered to go out, don’t shy away from new opportunities or anything that may seem inconvenient.

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20. They’re Self-Aware

Most important, they’re wholly aware of themselves. They self-reflect and are conscious of their states of mind. If somethings bothering them, they fix it.

We’re all susceptible to feeling down every now and again, but we are all equipped with the necessary solutions that just have to be discovered.

Lack of confidence, inability to feel fulfilled, and susceptibility to stress are all matters that can be controlled through the way we handle our lives and perceive our circumstances.

Learn about How Self-Reflection Gives You a Happier and More Successful Life.

Final Thoughts

The main philosophy employed by the happiest includes the idea that life’s simply too short: life’s too short to let things get you down, to take things for granted, to pursue absolute and unrealistic perfection.

For some, employing these characteristics is a second nature – they do it without knowing. For others, a conscious effort must be put forth every now and again. Self-Awareness is key.

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