I want to start off by saying that I recommend talking to a medical professional before starting any serious work out plan or diet change. I live by the motto “Better safe than sorry” and I think that your health is the last thing you should play around with.
I for one am a person who has a hard time getting motivated to work out, but I know that there are some things that really make me want to get up and go. But I thought it would be better to ask around and get an idea of what other people use to get motivated to start their work outs. I saw this as an opportunity to really observe how people can do similar things with different motives!
“I want to be healthy and happier. I’m to the point where I’m sick and tired of feeling like a person 2-3 times my age with my achy joints. My weight is really aggravating my flat feet as well. My podiatrist said losing weight would help.” — Christine Fulgham
“My girlfriend.” —Carlton Smith
“I have exercise-y friends. I’m ten times more likely to move if they invite me to. My boyfriend also is a runner, so I don’t mind doing it to spend time with him.” —Aida Guhlin
“New music or podcasts (e.g. Cabin pressure, welcome to night vale) motivate me a lot. Also, the zombies run app (which is heaven on earth). And a marathon of Supernatural afterwards. MAJOR motivator.” —Elizabeth Watson
“Pictures of Jamie Eason.” —Lauren Hartz
“Victoria Secret Fashion Show.” —Jorie Schwab
“My very special workout playlist. I love the songs on it and there are a few that I only let myself listen to if I go to the gym. Also, you can reward yourself with a shower or bath afterwards.” —Isabella Chirico
“Knowing that I have a really yummy chocolate protein shake waiting for me at the end of it!” —Youree Choi
“Inspirational quotes. There are so many. Just keep them running through your mind as you work-out.” Lydia Han
“Military and weight gain. I like the sound of having a healthy body and retaining the longevity of a youthful appearance. There’s so much that exercise helps with the body, who wouldn’t want to work out? After a while of actually playing a sport I gained quite a bit of muscle mass. I still love to work out. Yoga is also really good if you want a more passive work out to still gain some muscle.” —Alexandra Webb
“My drum major.” —Melissa Willis
What are some of your ways for motivating yourself to work out? Leave them in the comment section!