The hardest part of exercising is getting started. Creating a routine and sticking to it seems impossible some days. How are you supposed to get motivated when all you want to do is get some extra sleep or netflix and chill?

Well, there are many ways to get motivated. Be careful what you choose though – some methods could do you more harm than good. It’ll take some time to find what works best for you. The four positive motivators below are backed by studies that have proven they are effective. Read on and decide which will work best for you.

 

1. Reward Yourself (Really)

Having long-term goals like controlling your weight or getting healthy are good motivators. But, for most people, they aren’t enough. Rewarding yourself after working out is a proven strategy for effective motivation. Afterall, what could be better than grabbing a shower and putting your feet up on the couch after a training session?

Whether it’s a healthy protein shake from the Embody Fitness protein bar or an episode of your favorite show,we recommend setting a daily or weekly reward for yourself. It will help inspire you and that way, you’re more likely to make working out a habit.

 

 2. Get Committed (in Front of Friends)

If you have other people to keep you accountable, you’ll be less likely to flake out on your commitments. Maybe your pledge is paying your friend money every time you skip out on a workout? Or maybe you must treat them to food?

Getting into a contract with another person will help you keep track of your schedule. Whether your friend teases you about almost forgetting, or you both make it a chance to connect and work out together, another person being involved makes things a lot easier. You don’t want to disappoint other people (who can potentially hold it against you).

 

 3. Hire a Personal Trainer (They Know What They’re Doing)

Our personal trainers at Embody Fitness provide a never-ending flow of motivation. We are here to help you plan schedules, stick to your routines, and make those healthy changes necessary to take your fitness to the next level. Deciding on a personal trainer takes a little bit of research. You want someone who will match your fitness goals. That’s why our trainers have years of experience and know exactly how to break your end-goal into manageable steps.

We’re happy to discuss your motivation levels before you begin your sessions. Even outside of sessions, we maintain contact to help you stick with it at home.

Having a PT works because you pay for expert, personalized attention. If you skip without a good reason, you’re disappointing them and incurring a financial cost. Contact Embody Fitness today to learn about the results you could gain with our personal training services.

 

 4. Get Positive (and Realistic)

Positive thinking is the key to being motivated. It might seem like an old hack though. Tired of hearing “just think of the positives”? We are, too. Thinking about how great your muscles will be after you’re working out is one thing, but sometimes it isn’t enough.

After finding those positives, you need to be realistic. What is holding you back? Is getting up early difficult for you? Push back your gym time to the afternoon or night. Maybe you hate running as a means of losing weight? Try weight lifting instead.

Visualize your ideal health level, see how you can reach it, and adjust when things get difficult.

 

The Bottom Line

With these four tips, you should be all set to start that gym routine. It’ll take some getting used to at first, but if you maintain your motivators, you should soar. It’s okay to make changes as you go. Switch up your motivations when you feel your dedication lagging, and you’ll find working out will become something to look forward to.