Most of us find that starting a workout is one of the hardest things to do. We all experience this from time to time, so much so that the sheer effort of finding enough motivation to start a workout can be tougher than the entire workout itself!
So how do you increase workout motivation?
One particularly helpful strategy to increase workout motivation is to pair whatever activity you are dreading (in this example, a workout) with something you really enjoy. This strategy has been shown to dramatically boost willpower, especially when it comes to workout motivation. You can use this strategy for other activities that you dread too, such as paying bills, doing homework, cleaning the house, etc.
Here are some examples to increase workout motivation:
- Listen to a captivating audiobook at the gym: Audiobooks are a fantastic way to “get hooked” and lose track of several hours at a time. I’d suggest finding an audiobook that builds on itself each chapter to encourage you to stick it out at the gym even longer.
- Meet your friend for a workout: Sometimes all you need to increase your motivation is to work out with a gym buddy! I’ve found that my best workout buddies are the friends I don’t see all that often outside of the gym. I look forward to spending time with them in this particular environment.
This strategy is even more effective at increasing your workout motivation by following these simple tips:
- Only use your “reward” activity when you are going to the gym. For example, your audiobook won’t be as enticing if you listen to it outside of the gym.
- Try this strategy on a special day or at the beginning of a month to amplify results (i.e. New Year’s Eve, Day 1 of a 30-day challenge, a birthday).