It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling a bit in the motivation department.
I seem to have no issues getting myself to barre (I’m at five classes of 20 I need to make it to, one week into my six week challenge) but when it comes to lacing up my shoes and getting out the door, I just don’t wanna.
I thought that by scheduling my commutes I’d be more active, but I’ve only had two successful active commutes: one running and one biking. Major fail.
With SeaWheeze coming up in just 2.5 weeks, I know I need to get out and run to mitigate any risk of injury. I should also work on running in the heat since I’m running a half marathon when I go to Maui in September. I certainly won’t be running a PR at either of those races, but it sure would be nice to not feel like I’m dying.
Since we can find anything and everything on the internet, I wanted to see how others get themselves out the door when they just aren’t feeling it.
Read on for 10 tips on how to get motivated and get in that workout.
1. Use a timer
We can do anything for a minute, right?!
Read on for more from Markita.
No, but seriously. Lie to yourself. Say you’re going to run one mile, and I’m certain you’ll run more.
And if not? One mile is better than no miles.
Read on for more from Lea.
3. Ditch the excuses
I give myself no-excuses for skipping (have all my stuff packed and with me [or laid out for when I get home], or schedule myself for a class that will cost me $$ if I don’t show up
– Melissa from Mango About Town
4. Put money on the line
Sign up for a race, or a class, or something external that’ll give you a kick in the tush to get out and get exercising.
Read on for more from Kate.
5. Find some external motivation
Trivial as it may seem, this actually works for me. As a self-proclaimed clothes horse, having something new and cute to run in will do it for me almost every time. Not just because I love a new outfit, but because if I spend my hard earned money on it, then I want to get my money’s worth out of it.
– From Carson via Susie
6. Try something different
Change your routine. Try a different class. Just make it new.
Read on for more from Jill.
Even if it hurts, you can’t breathe and you have no idea why you are continuing just smile through it. This goes along with my fake it until you make it motto. Literally smile through your run even if you don’t feel like it.
Guys, I love this tip from Julie!
Read on for more from Julie.
8. Go Naked
Like, definitely wear clothes, but ditch the Garmin/GPS/whatever that might be holding you back.
On the rare occasion I do run, I’ve been heading out with just RunKeeper so I can have a record of my mileage, but it’s not staring me in the face the entire time.
Read on for more from Debbie.
9. Remember, or find, your why
Being active is about more than just doing it. Without a reason, it’s easy to fall off and quit.
You may have a history of illness in your family. You may have small children you want to be able to play with. You may currently have a health issue that needs to get in check. You may have a wedding coming up.
Read on for more from Marsha.
10. Think about more than just your physical health
For me (and Wendy!) exercise helps with our mental health as well as our physical health.
Well, let me tell you that I am a much calmer person when I run and workout. I started running in my 20s as a way to channel my nervous energy and I have never stopped. Running has made me achieve things that would never have been possible as the old nervous wreck that was me.
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How do you get yourself out of a rut?
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