You might be one of those people who are naturally easily motivated to work out, but I am sure as hell not one of them. All my life I absolutely dreaded working out, and by saying that I mean working out in a gym. I never had a problem with exercise that isn’t obviously a workout, like hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, yoga and so on. But as soon as I was forcing myself to go to a gym, I hated every minute of it. I have been a member in several different gyms, all up together for about four or five years of my life. But at one point when I was quite regularly going to a gym full of jacked up, protein shake drinking guys admiring themselves in the mirror as they where lifting weights, I realised that maybe, I was just not meant to go to a gym. That maybe I would actually like working out and moving my body if I did things I enjoyed, rather than force myself to go to a gym because thats what everyone was doing. I started to ride my bike everywhere when I was home in Munich for two months, and I also started running.
So here is a list of tips I have for everyone who has a hard time to get motivated:
1. Do what you love, whatever that might be. You like going to the gym and lifting weights? Great! Then do it! You hate going to the gym? Then don’t force yourself, instead find out what kind of exercise you enjoy.
2. Be consistent! If your not consistent with your workouts, you’re never going to reach your goal. No matter if you’re working out every day or three times a week, try to stick to your workout routine!
3. How to be consistent: I find the best way to keep working out is to get into a routine. Try to work out at a set time. I go for a run most days at around 4pm or 4:30pm, that way my brain knows: ‘It’s 4pm, workout time!’.
4. Find out what time of the day you feel best working out. I’m not a morning person at all, I like to sleep in. So I don’t force myself to get up at 6am to go running. Instead I’ve been really loving to go running about an hour or so before it gets dark, in between lunch and dinner where I personally have the most energy. I could never go running on an empty stomach!
5. Listen to your body and do what feels best for you! Sure it’s good to have role models and people to look up to, but don’t try to desperately copy someones exercise routine or diet. You are unique and different to the person you are trying to imitate. What they are doing might work for you, but there’s also a chance it won’t because you might not enjoy that workout routine and therefore don’t stick to it.
6. For running in winter or when it’s cold: Don’t wear too many clothes. Wear a long sleeved top but nothing too thick so that you’re cold if you’re just walking. That way you need to be running to warm up!
7. Listen to motivating music! For me, this honestly makes such a difference! Here’s some music I love listening to when running:
Final Test – Junkie XL
Choosing Dauntless – Junkie XL
Dream Is Collapsing – Hans Zimmer
Jonas Runs Away – Marco Beltrami
Escape From The Nursery – Marco Beltrami
Axeman – Tomandandy (Resident Evil Soundtrack, what could be better to motivate you than imagining a group of zombies chasing you, or the Axeman himself?)
Flying – Tomandandy
Resident Evil Suite – Tomandandy
The Mockingjay – James Newton Howard
Run Boy Run – Woodkid
Sing For The Moment – Eminem
Finale – Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson
Sail – Awolnation
Uprising – Muse
Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
Map Of The Problematique – Muse
Andd really any other Muse song, let’s face it Matthew Bellamy is just amazing.
I hope these tips have helped you to get motivated!