When you’re feeling unmotivated, it can be hard to do anything. You may find yourself wasting time on social media or watching TV when you should be working out. This is a bad habit that must stop! Use these 10 ways to motivate yourself and get back into the swing of things!
It can be hard to find motivation because there are so many distractions in the world that can keep us from doing anything. Whether it’s surfing the web looking at memes or checking our social media feeds, we get sucked into a vortex of procrastination that sucks up all of our willpower.
Don’t let this keep you down, there are effective ways to boost your motivation levels even when you don’t want to workout.
Energy levels play a big role in motivation.
So, if you think your motivation is tied to your energy levels give these ideas a shot first.
If you’re feeling sluggish or lethargic, drink some water. Sometimes, dehydration can make us feel less motivated and uncomfortable. Avoiding dehydration is important because it can put you at risk for other health problems too.
Stay on schedule with your workouts. Regular exercise is proven to be beneficial for your mental health, so if you have a regular workout schedule and don’t want to break it then just commit to doing something (even if it’s only 10 minutes).
Find a way to organize your time during the week that will help you keep track of what needs to get done. This will help prevent procrastination because you won’t have as much time to goof off if you’re focusing on one task.
You can also try to put together a “to-do” list so that you’re not feeling as overwhelmed.
Stay active by going on hikes, walking around the neighborhood, or doing any other form of exercise that’s fun for you. Exercise has been shown time and again to be great for your mental health and may help boost your motivation levels!
But, if that’s not the case, then these ideas can help you find motivation when your motivation has decided to leave the building.
1. Create a new workout routine
If a stagnant workout routine is a reason for your lack of motivation, create a new workout routine with more variety. If you keep doing the same type of workouts over and over again without any variation in exercises or intensity levels, it can get stale quickly.
Keep things fresh by mixing up your routine – try circuits one day versus full body on another day. The more variety in your workouts, the better.
2. Change your environment
If you’re feeling unmotivated to workout because of the environment in which you are, change things up.
If there’s a gym near your house but it feels too far away when it is raining outside and all of your other options aren’t available for some reason, consider getting on Yelp and looking at reviews for local fitness studios that may be closer.
Getting yourself out of an environment that lacks motivation can be a good way to get your energy back and get you going!
3. Seek inspiration from others
If you find yourself unmotivated to workout because you’re just not feeling it, seek inspiration from other people.
If a friend tells you they are going for an early morning run to start their day off right or if your significant other posts about how excited they get when working out is one of the best parts of their week, try and incorporate that enthusiasm in your own life.
Seek out what other people find inspiring and incorporate it into your daily routine – this can be a good way to get you back on track!
4. Try things to boost your self-esteem
If you’re feeling unmotivated to workout because of a lack of self-esteem, try things that can help boost your esteem.
Take some time for yourself and invest in something that makes you feel good about yourself – if it’s not possible at the moment, save those funds so that when they are available, you will have money saved up to spend on yourself.
You can also look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are strong, courageous, capable – it may sound silly but giving your body positive affirmations is one of many ways to boost self-esteem.
5. Self-compassion is important when you’re unmotivated
Did you know that self-compassion can be a key factor in increasing motivation to workout, even during periods of low self-esteem?
If you’ve been struggling with your body and feeling down on yourself because of it, enabling some time for kindness towards yourself will help ease those negative emotions while also inspiring the drive to work out!
6. Visualize success
Visualizing success is a proven way to increase motivation for the future, so why not use it to help motivate yourself in the present?
When you’re feeling unmotivated to workout because of negative thoughts, take some time and visualize what your best day would be like.
If every morning starts with going on an early jog or if before bedtime, you do one last set of lunges, what does that day look like? What would your week be like if every time you go to work out before the day begins or after it ends?
Spend a few minutes in this visualization and then ask yourself – how motivated are you right now?
7. Create a plan to reach your goals
Goal-setting is one of the best ways to increase motivation, so if you’re feeling unmotivated to workout because there’s not really a plan in place for how you’ll reach your goals, make one. What does success look like? Do you want to be able to run a mile without stopping or do 20 pushups without stopping?
Visualizing your goals can help motivate you to work out, so write down what they are and then create a plan for how you’ll get there.
8. Collaborate with a friend
It’s said that people who were encouraged to set goals by a friend had higher levels of motivation and self-esteem. Collaborating with your friends can be an amazing way to get you back on track when you’re feeling unmotivated, so find someone to whip up a workout plan for the two of you!
9. Take better care of yourself
The best way to motivate yourself is often by taking better care of yourself.
If your motivation for working out stems from feeling good about how you look and feel, then it’s imperative that when we’re on a low period – or even if this has been your life the entire time – take some time for self-care.
Maybe talking with someone who you feel comfortable talking to can help, taking a few minutes out of the day for yourself, or eating more nutritious food.
In the end, we all want to feel good about ourselves.
When you’re feeling unmotivated because of a lack of self-esteem or negativity, it’s important to take time for yourself and invest in something that makes you feel good about yourself – whether this is investing money into a quality beauty product or taking some time out each day for your mind and body.
If these tips don’t work as well as they used to, consider asking someone who can help motivate you with your fitness goals. Collaborating with friends is one way to do this!
Finally, if even when trying hard nothing seems motivating enough–take better care of yourself by doing things like eating healthier food or talking more often with people who make us happy instead. You deserve the time and consideration.