I woke up today with zero desire to exercise. I hadn’t slept well, it was 5:45AM, and I just wanted to go back to sleep. Part of me said – “Go back to sleep. You can do this after work.” But the honest part of me knew that wouldn’t happen, and if I procrastinated further I wouldn’t exercise at all. I’m sure you’ve been there too.
Some of my tips for working out when you have zero motivation:
- Sleep in your workout clothes. I’m serious! I work out in leggings and sports bras/tank tops. I sleep in leggings and sports bras/tank tops. I started going to sleep in my workout gear, and when I woke up I was able to roll right out of bed and get going without having to struggle with changing/finding my gear/etc.
- Stop snoozing. If you hit that snooze button, you will go back to sleep. Just don’t do it. It’s that easy! When the alarm goes off, get out of bed. I will either put my phone/alarm on the opposite side of the room or just outside my room – somewhere where I can still hear the alarm, but I need to get out of bed in order to turn it off. I also use the most annoying alarm possible so I can’t just put a pillow over my head and ignore it 🙂
- Remember your goals. Will your fitness and health progress if you don’t work out today? Think about this: if you avoid working out today, it will be easier to avoid working out tomorrow. Those excuses will pile up and soon you will be back where you started.
- A bad workout is still better than no workout at all. Even a half-hearted routine provides more benefits (burning calories, improving cardiovascular fitness, increasing your strength) than staying in bed.
I hope that these tips help! Let me know what tricks you use to push yourself when you need that extra “kick.” I’d love to hear from you!
xo – Fitmiss in Progress – Jennie