We’ve all been there… you get home from work and melt into the couch. You’re about thirty seconds from falling into a deep sleep, when suddenly, your iPhone reminds you that you have spin class in forty-five minutes. “Thanks, Siri,” you utter, sarcastically. You know you should go, you know your friends will be there, you know you need to burn off that donut you ate at the office today… but the couch is too inviting.
Yet, with that weight of temptation on your shoulders, you slowly stand up, change into your workout gear, lace up your sneakers, and head out the door.
If you’ve ever felt like nothing can persuade you to get your workout in on any given day, then you understand why sometimes we need a good push of motivation. Even the most inspired of us all have trouble getting to class and sweating it out from time to time. That’s why we’re giving you five ways to find motivation when you’re feeling lazy. These tactics are your “phone-a-friend” saviors on lazy days!
Think About the ‘After’ Feeling
If you’ve ever worked out in your life, then chances are you know the wonderful feeling that is the post-workout high. Exercise gives you endorphins, which reduce stress and literally give you a slight feeling of euphoria. On top of that, the sense of accomplishment after a tough workout is irreplaceable. Nothing makes you feel productive and fulfilled like a good sweat session!
Because of this, when you’re feeling tired or lacking motivation, sometimes pushing yourself to think about how great you’ll feel afterwards is all you need. Remember a previous class when you felt the sweat dripping from your forehead, when you couldn’t inhale water fast enough upon finishing your last set, when you pushed yourself harder than you ever had. While work, family, and life in general are full of fulfillment and accomplishment, there is just something about physical activity and defying your own parameters that makes you feel like a champion.
Avoid Resting Time
The best way to avoid getting too comfortable before your bootcamp class is to not get comfortable. If you know that you’ve scheduled a bootcamp class at 7:15pm, and you get out of work at 5:15pm, your best bet is to avoid lying down or changing into comfortable clothes before your workout. We recommend running errands in between, or grabbing a snack at a coffee shop.
If you must go home in between, try changing into your workout gear and preparing your dinner while you wait - kill two birds with one stone! The moral of the story here is that it’s much easier to head straight into workout mode if you never let yourself rest or succumb to your sleepiness. It’s much easier to keep going than to start all over from scratch.
Look For Support
Everybody has that one friend that’s way too energized in the morning. Or the one that never seems to be too tired or lazy for anything. While you might need your first cup of coffee before you can handle that, these friends are great for an extra “oomph” of motivation to get you to your workout. Feeling less than inspired to go sweat? Shoot your friend a text and tell them what’s going on. They’ll feed you some encouraging words, remind you of your goals, ask you for an excuse, anything to get you up and at ‘em!
Flood Your Social Media with Inspiration
You are who you follow… on social media. There are innumerable fitness professionals out there that have a natural ability to inspire anyone around them. There are also innumerable fitness professionals with social media accounts, inspiring their millions of followers everyday. You don’t have to be face to face in front of Jillian Michaels to soak up some motivation - you can simply follow her on Instagram.
Know of a celebrity whose physique you admire? Are you striving to be in Olympic shape like some of the world’s greatest athletes? Going through a quick scroll on social media could help you get off that couch and go to your fitness class. All you need is a little push!
Have a Dance Party
If you’ve noticed our Peerfit Spotify Collaboration campaigns, then you know we love good music. We promise - pumping up some jams will pump you up and get your body going. Have your own little dance party to get you hyped up and ready for class. Turn on whatever music you enjoy while exercising, and it will undoubtedly turn your mood from sleepy to psyched.
Looking for a good playlist? We’ve got you covered. Try some of our collaborative playlists curated by the Peerfit community!
All in all, the only person that can get you up and moving is yourself. The power to motivate is already within you, you just have to ignite it. The next time you’re feeling sluggish, or your boxing class is the last thing you want to do after a long day’s work, use these five tactics to move past the pity party and get that sweat in.