Mondays seems to be the easiest day to workout for most of the people. I hear this phrase a lot: “When Monday comes I’m going to start eating healthy and working out”. Everyone seems to be pumped and ready to go on Monday, but what happens towards the end of the week? Why is it that every Monday the gym is packed, but by Friday there’s very few people there? Don’t be one of those people that loose motivation as the week goes by. Check out these ways to help you stay motivated to workout:
Workout first thing in the morning
You never know what the day is going to be like at work and with your family. Sometimes you have a stressful day at work and all you want to do is go home and relax. If this happens to you a couple of times per week that means you had a bad workout week. You are going to feel bad and want to “restart” all over again come Monday. Don’t let this happen to you and simply go to bed a little earlier the night before, get up earlier the next day and do your workout as soon as you wake up. If you start your day with a workout, I guarantee that the rest of the day you will feel great about yourself because you are sticking to your workout plan just like you said you would.
Join an accountability group
Talk to your friends and see if they want to do the same workout as you. By having someone keep you accountable you will be more likely to stay committed to your workouts. You can schedule your workouts together to push each other. When you know that more people are doing the same workouts you will stay motivated because you do not want to disappoint yourself and the group. Having an accountability group to talk to about your progress, struggles, and accomplishments is great. You can even make a bet to see who gets in the best shape fastest in the group to make it even more interesting.
Listen to your favorite music
If you don’t feel like working out, then just listen to your favorite song to get you pumped up. Music is a great way to get you through your workouts. If you workout at the gym, you know that most of the time the music is not that good. It’s always a good idea to bring your iPod to pump you up and keep you focused. Having an iPod at the gym also sends the signal to other people that you are there to workout and not to be talking and socializing.
If you workout at home to programs like P90X and Insanity, you can always mute the TV and listen to your own music. Tony Horton and Shaun T are very motivating and they both have their own style. When I do Insanity I really like the way Shaun T motivates me. He’s always very intense and is in your face pushing you to move faster and faster. Tony Horton is also very motivational and has some very funny quotes that always crack me up. In the past I never listened to any music while doing P90X, but this week I was listening to the Rocky Story soundtrack while doing P90X2.
Gonna Fly Now is my absolute favorite workout song:
What music do YOU listen to while you workout?
Workout hard and make this your best year ever!