The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Workout Motivation

Even with the best intentions to work out| sometimes making it to the gym just feels rough. Don’t feel guilty or place unnecessary blame ¡ª we’ve all been there! Turn things around and get in a workout with these easy tips that will get your butt moving and keep you motivated throughout your workout.

    Set minigoals: Push yourself with an interval workout that keeps things interesting| add a second set of reps on that tough exercise| or try out a new machine. Keeping yourself engaged with little milestones ensures a quality workout.Bring new music: Nothing motivates like a quality workout playlist. Add a handful of new songs you love| or check out one of our fresh fitness playlists for all your cardio needs.Grab a friend: Whether you’re looking for a running buddy or a little healthy competition in a group class| fitness is more fun when you’ve got friends involved.Keep it quick: There will be times when you have to be flexible; obligations arise| and you have to plan accordingly| but one of our favorite mantras is| “a short workout is better than no workout at all.” Even 10 or 20 minutes of exercise can keep you on track and is worth the effort.Track your progress: Rocking a fitness tracker can be a surprisingly motivating purchase| but something as small as jotting down the time you spent working out or the number of calories you burned leaves you feeling accomplished.Design a post-workout ritual: Whether it’s a coffee from the best spot in your neighborhood| a cold-pressed juice| or a long session in the steam room| treat yourself after you’ve worked out hard. It will make it all well worth it!Know that you’ll sleep better: If your sleep quality has been lacking| it’s even more important to make time for a gym session. You’ll always drift to sleep more naturally after you’ve pushed your body.Think about how you’ll feel after: Some days no matter how you look at it| your workout is not going to be the most pleasant experience on the planet. But the sense of accomplishment you feel after you challenge yourself| complete a workout| and fulfill that commitment to yourself? There’s no better feeling than that.

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