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3 Workout Motivation Tips – Featuring a Power List

Posted by Liza Muravyeva MS RD LD/N on Apr 2, 2012 4:03:00 PM

For some of us, the hardest thing about working out is getting to the gym and really motivating ourselves to start working out. Use these 3 tips to help motivate yourself for your next workout.

  1. Power List - As soon as you get that feeling of “maybe I’ll just take a day off”…look at your “Power List”! Your Power List is something that you can look at every day before your workout, when you are planning your next workout, or when you’re struggling to get your body into the gym.Power List Sample Image

    Get an index card and write down a few reasons why you workout. It could be to have a better body, to so something good for yourself, or to relieve stress. You can even include a picture you cut out of a magazine or find online. This is quick and easy to do, use this FREE Power List Download as a starting point for yours.

    Write a new Power List weekly or bi-weekly depending on your needs. Once you have a pile of Power Lists, look back on the ones you made weeks before and see if your reasons are beginning to change. Be honest! On day 1 your reason could be “to get a better body” but on day 100 it could change to “keeping my awesome body”. This is a fun exercise more for your brain than your body.

  2. Location, Location, Location - Another way to motivate yourself is by switching up where you train. Remember, not every workout has to be inside of the gym. Take it outside for a nice run, do some plyometics or play a sports game with your kids!  Sometimes you will need to switch up your routine or scenery to get out of that rut!

  3. Tune It Up – Another option that always works is listening to your favorite music right before and during your workout. Strategically put music on your ipod, even create separate playlists, that you know will make you want to move. Listen to your favorite music in your car right before hitting the gym to energize your mind and body.  Plan this ahead of time and use new music, so you will be excited and have something to look forward to.

Use these valuable tools to motivate yourself and get the most out of your workout - mentally and physically.

What do you do to stay motivated? Post your reply in the comment section below.

Topics: training tips, fitness tips, motivation

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