6 Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise, Even If You Hate It
These days, with people spending more time at home (and on the couch), it can be harder than ever to get motivated to work out. But, research tells us it’s so important to try to get in at least 30 minutes of movement a day. So, what can you do to motivate yourself? Here are six surefire ways to get your body moving.
Believe it or not, what you wear for the act of working out can be a huge motivator. “Make your workout outfit something fun,” recommends Connecticut-based Certified Personal Trainer Jolene Ballard. “If you get yourself some new clothes that you really like, it’ll give you a little extra pep in your step. When you look your best, you feel your best.” Make sure that what you choose to wear is conducive to the type of movement you’ll be doing—for example, running may require different attire than yoga—and that it’s comfortable and not too constraining.
Preparation is the key to success. Anything you can do ahead of time to make it easier for yourself to exercise in the moment can help. Try laying out your clothes for your morning workout the night before, or even sleeping in your workout clothes like Kim Kendrick in Albany, New York does, so you’re ready for exercise as soon as you wake up.