Motivation in a fitness rut?

Sometimes, getting up the gumption to work out is difficult.

Whether you’re too tired, too sore, or generally don’t have a whole lot of interest in working out, getting up that motivation can be difficult.

In the last two years, there were multiple (and I mean multiple) times where I wouldn’t work out for a week or two because I just wasn’t feeling it. I’ll admit that I just had a significant period of time pass by without working out regularly. However, I went to Universal to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter over spring break, and my hotel had a really amazing gym that was usually pretty empty. I went to the gym both of the full days that I was there, and it reminded me how much I love exercising! I’ve kept it up for about a week and a half now, but it is definitely hard to establish the habit like I had before. But it’s so, so worth it! I can’t believe I forgot how much I love exercising, and how amazing it feels to successfully complete a workout.

I feel like a huge part of the problem was that I just wasn’t motivated like I was. I lost the weight and I got comfortable. Too comfortable. It’s so crazy how easily I fell out of a habit I had worked so hard to establish, but the fire just wasn’t there anymore. However, I have recently discovered a couple of things that kindle that fire to work out again. Here are a few of the tricks I have used in the past to motivate myself to get up and get moving when I really don’t feel like it.

Buying new exercise clothes.

Don’t go too crazy, but it’s great incentive to use them and exercise if you spent your hard-earned money on a new tank or pair of sneakers!

Setting out all your clothes and gear ahead of time.

If I set out my bag and my outfit the night before, I am way more likely to get up and out to the gym. It’s one less excuse, because if it’s all picked out already then you don’t have to rummage through your drawers and waste energy on picking out an outfit.

Getting a friend in on the fun!

I always prefer to go to the gym with a friend, and this way you can keep each other accountable. My friend Missy and I go for runs or to the gym together sometimes, and it’s the best motivator to get myself up and out of bed if she’s texting me to get my butt up!

Setting aside your work outs as your “me-time.”

As an introvert, my “me-time” and emotional-recharge time is so important to me. However, I also feel guilty if I just lay like a lump on my bed watching Netflix doing nothing. However, if I go to the gym and watch Netflix on the elliptical, then I’m being productive as well as getting my mind off of my work.

Watching fitness videos and vlogs.

I love it when other people find happiness and joy in fitness as well, and I love to watch videos on health and fitness. I’m not sure why, but I find them so inspiring.

I hope this helped you if you’re in a rut with your workout routine! If you have any tricks as well, please feel free to share in the comments!



P.S. Want to read more about my weight loss journey? Read about it HERE!