How to stay motivated to workout

Rome via Sean MacEntee

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Why do I say that? Because most people think that by working out for a week will get them to their designated goals. False, you will get nowhere with that mentality. Have you ever had a friend who said they’re going to start working out starting this Monday and then give up after one day? If you have, then you aren’t the only one. Many people say this, but what keeps them from putting effort into actually working out. Perhaps, a lack of motivation? Who knows. Anyway, here are some tips on how to stay motivated to work out.

1. You are doing this for yourself! The one thing you do not want to forget is that you are doing this for yourself. You don’t just commit yourself to the gym for no reason. If you have a commitment, then there is something you are striving for. Don’t let that slip away from you because you were watching Breaking Bad on Netflix or you were “busy.” Put that time in the gym and I can guarantee you, you will definitely be happier about yourself.

2. “While you are out there laying on the couch, someone out there is surpassing you.” I saw this quote hanging in our high school’s weight room. It was to remind football players that there are many things out there to come if you put your mind to it. I took this quote to remind me that every time I take a day off, someone out there is surpassing me. Just remember, the greatest competitors never stop at what they’re doing.

3. Set your own goals. Whether you’re trying to bench 200 lbs or run 5 miles, anything is possible. Reaching a goal can be as satisfying as sticking a burger down your stomach. Challenge yourself to reach high points in your workouts. Push yourself to run that extra mile and bench that extra rep. There is always more to strive for in your workouts and if you can set your own personal goals every month, you may be able to run a marathon.

4. Grab a workout buddy. Now this may be different for everybody, but most of the time a workout buddy can push each other to their breaking points. They can share goals, aspirations, and techniques on how to better one another. A workout buddy may also give each other confidence to go to the gym. Again, everybody has their own preference, but most people would love it if they had  workout buddy.

5. Working out takes time. The one thing that I personally dislike is when people think they will change within two weeks of working out.  You just don’t go to a bench press and think you can bench 135 lbs. It doesn’t work that way. You must start at ground zero and build your way up. You won’t develop a huge chest, biceps, or triceps right away. If you put time in the gym for weeks, months, and years, you will see changes and people will too. This is probably the most important rule to remember when motivating yourself to workout. If you want to look like Dwayne Johnson, then best believe it’ll take more than two weeks.

It took me two years to reach my goals and along the way I had to motivate myself. I found these techniques helpful in motivating me to love fitness. If you feel that these techniques work, let me know and comment below. If you have other motivators, also feel free to comment below.


2 thoughts on “How to stay motivated to workout”

  1. Nice stuff! One thing you could also use to stay motivated to work out is keep your workout fun. For example, I saw the best results when I did “fun” workouts which consisted of unusual circuits like tire flips and shot put throws.

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