5 ways to stay motivated to work out

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Written by Jess Hemson

In the new year, many of us made a pact with ourselves that we will exercise regularly and get fit, but as the year drags on and work or university takes over, we find ourselves at a stand-still with going out an exercising or going to the gym to workout. So here are some ways in which you can get your motivation back on track and keep going with your fitness goals, despite the day-to-day obstacles that can get in the way.

1. Find a friend to work out with

Working out is not as motivating when you are going it alone, so finding yourself someone else who has similar fitness goals to you will help you both to stay on track and spur each other on to do more exercise on a regular basis than you would have done before teaming up. 

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2. Create a playlist you can’t resist 

A playlist of all the best songs to get you going really is one the best ways to get you working out at a good pace and more often. You can’t go wrong with some old school classics mixed with some rock to take it up a gear. The right playlist for you is the difference between an average workout to one that will leave you feeling amazing and most likely very sweaty.

3. Change up your workout routine

If you are doing the same routine outdoors or exercises in the gym over and over again, it can get very boring and quickly. Try searching through YouTube videos for some new workout ideas and give them a go. Switching it up can give you a new lease of motivation. If you regularly run or walk outdoors, change your route so that you are motivated to stay on track with new scenery and new challenges within your route.

4. Treat yourself to some new gym clothes

Who can resist some new work-out gear? Buying yourself some new gym wear is a step in the right direction when it comes to working out. Everybody likes to wear what they have bought themselves, and you wouldn’t want them to be a waste of money either so all the more reason to put them to good use. 


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5. Schedule it in 

Work can be hectic, and university deadlines stressful, which are the main reasons behind why we put off our workouts. Scheduling a workout in, after, or before, university or work and sticking to it is a great way to keep the motivation to work out. Continuing despite being tired or having a long day, if it is written down in your diary, it’s got to be done and you will feel great afterwards.

If you ever feel as though you are too tired or you don’t have time to fit in a workout, just remember that regular workouts help to create new brain cells and improve brain activity as well as boosting your immune system whilst getting fit and healthy, so it really is a win/win situation. 

Do you have your own tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!