Workout Motivation

Sometimes lacking the drive to workout is the thing that keeps us plastered to the couch and wishing we would do something about that growing gut. And those who are on a regular workout schedule sometimes get stuck in a rut, not getting any closer to their goals when they don’t put in the necessary effort. We could all use some workout motivation tips to keep us going strong when it gets tough to stick with an exercise plan.


1. Find images of women who have the kind of figure you are working toward. Place those images somewhere you’ll see them every day like on the refrigerator door or bathroom mirror.

2. Take your measurements at the neck, bicep, waist, hips and thighs every few weeks to see that the inches are melting away. And when you’re in it to win it, they will for sure. For accuracy, take note of where you measured (in inches from the nearest marker such as the crook of the arm or the kneecap, etc.), what time of day and if you had clothes on. Note: Measure around the widest part of each body part.

3. Have a celebratory outfit purchased or planned. If you have an event like a wedding, beach vacation, etc., buy an outfit in the size you’d like to be. Hang it up in your house where you can see it all the time. If you feel like skipping a workout, try that outfit on. The more you have to lose, the more it should stoke your desire to progress.

4. Find a photo of yourself when you were the weight you want to be. It doesn’t matter if it was 20 years ago. Look at yourself. Think back to how it felt to be that weight. How did you dress, carry yourself, move and act? I assume these will be pleasant memories. Use those feelings to activate your drive.

5. Answer why you want to lose weight or get fit. Each time you answer, ask yourself again “why.” (Example: I want to lose weight to look better. “Why?” To be attractive. “Why?” Because I want to find a boyfriend/husband/ partner.) You get the picture?

Do you have a workout motivation that you would like to share? I’d love to start a conversation on the topic. Do leave a comment.

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  1. Jen

    I hate to say that this is my motivation, but here goes: Seeing my mother and how she’s aged. She smokes, eats poorly, and never excercises and it shows! I am frankly terrified that I’ve inherited those genes, so now that I’m nearing the “big 3-0″ I’m determined to take better care of myself! That’s a ton of motivation!

    I love the idea of having clothes around in the size you’d like to be as a motivator – for me, I’d love to wear a size 7 jeans again, so I am definitely considering picking up a pair of Levi’s to get my booty in motion, literally! :)

    May 25th, 2011

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