How to Get Motivated to Work Out at Home (Even if You’re Busy as Hell)

Are you tired of hitting the snooze button, only to feel a sense of guilt later? Staying on top of your exercise regime is no easy feat, and everyone knows it.

We all want to stay lean, mean, and eat green – but the stresses of life can be a real spanner in the works, disrupting your routine and destroying your progress.

If you want to integrate a sustainable, ENJOYABLE exercise routine into your life – here are a few tested tips to get you back on top of your game!

Heres the secret on how to get motivated to work out at home, even if you’re busy as hell!

How to Get Motivated to Work Out at Home: 6 Tips to Fight Laziness

Get Social

Who said exercise had to be a lone activity?

If you’re struggling to make it to the gym, how about getting social!
Exercising with others is an excellent way to stay motivated by holding each other to account.

Not only will working out with others boost your motivation, but will also make it more enjoyable; which sounds better- an hour on the treadmill, or an evening jog with a close friend?

Group classes such as yoga, fitness, or pilates are great places to meet like-minded individuals who more than likely want to stay in shape, just as badly as you do.

On The Regular

It’s simple. Human beings are creatures of habit.

Book an hour into your day for your workout. That way, even if you spend half the time on social media, you’re still getting half an hour of exercise.

“If exercise is not a habit, that cue from the alarm may trigger a debate over whether to exercise or go back to sleep.”

Reference: – More than just a cue, intrinsic reward helps make exercise a habit

It’s all-too-easy to push our workout to the back of our minds, delaying it to an ideal point in time- “after I cook dinner” or “once I’ve dropped off the kids.” These are points in time that never come around.

Booking in a regular time is the answer to all your workout woes; set an alarm or calendar reminder, and enjoy an extra boost in motivation every single day as you tick it off the list.

Set Goals, And CRUSH Them!

Working out just to work out won’t have your motivation buzzing.

Set goals and CRUSH them! Adding the element of competition to the mix is about the smartest thing you can do to stay motivated.

Share your goals with your social followers, and let them know how you do. Join fitness groups on Facebook and make sure you “wipe the floor” with the other members. Show the world that you dedicated and bring results!

“Within a competitive framework, each person’s activity raises the bar for everyone else and creates a contagious chain reaction marked by increased levels of physical activity for the entire group.”

Reference: – Study Identifies No. 1 Source of Motivation to Exercise More

If you don’t have a training partner, let yourself be your own competition. If you did 30 burpees yesterday, you sure as damn should beat that with at least 3 the next day…

Have Some Fun With it!

It’s great to exercise regularly, but performing the same boring old routine day-in, day-out can take the stuffing out of your motivation to work out.

Change out your program from time to time.

Utilize different exercise equipment.

If you’re not having fun, you are not getting the best from your workouts.

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Believe it or not, you CAN have fun while working out. If the gym just isn’t cutting it for you, inject some exercises you actually ENJOY into your regime. Here are some ideas to get you started: dancing, mountain biking, sports with friends…

Variety is the spice of life, and exercise is no exception. Ensure you are having fun with your workouts, and you’re bound to actually WANT to do the darn thing!

Change Your Mindset

Think Olympic athletes get golds by ‘just doing their best’?

Whatever your situation may be, you can find a reason to supercharge your fitness. If you are an office worker, envisage how good you will feel at the office; or at the end of the day. If you have a family, consider your fitness as a source of inspiration to your children; a way to set an example. If you have a fully functional body, consider your body as a blessing.

Applying a positive mindset can also be done in more tangible ways- think about the fresh air, and quiet streets of a sunrise jog or the gratification of seeing love handles replaced with muscle!

Reward Yourself

For most people, merely the idea of investing in their health isn’t enough of a motivator to work out.

Try setting a tangible post-workout reward for yourself, and experience an INSTANT stimulant and drive to thrive.

Whether it is a (healthy) treat, episode of your favorite show, or another activity you enjoy, you can use these as an initial way to leverage your motivation.

Not to worry, you’re not treat-training yourself like a dog. After time your brain will associate the euphoria with the endorphin dump brought on by exercise, and you can table the treats!

The “Do I Work Out Today” Questionnaire

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Tips For Early Morning Workouts

Why not start the day with some Tabata?

4 minutes is all it takes, and it sure as hell wakes you up better than coffee…

And best of all?

It will do wonders to your overall fitness level, and release tons of those beautiful endorphins in your brain. Mmmm…

It’s pretty ironic:

Motivation is needed to work out, but on the other hand, working out motivates to work out even more…

So why not kick-start it first thing in the morning, and let tomorrow be the first day in your new, -healthy life?

Final Words: That’s my Workout Motivation Tips. Time to Get Cracking!

Tired of uninspired workouts and the guilt of missing them?

Well, these days end here!

Take advantage of my tested, proven methods for you to supercharge your motivation levels, start enjoying your workouts once again, and build a sustainable part of your life you won’t want to trade for anything!

If you’re still wondering how to get motivated to work out at home, check out this video to get you pumped, motivated, and ready for some exercise!

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