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How To Stay Motivated To Work Out

26 | 11 | 2020

With the majority of UK cities still in tiered restrictions, you may be growing tired of those home workouts. We all know that working out in some form has a positive impact on both your physical and mental health. But of course, finding the time and space is a challenge. 

How To Stay Motivated To Work Out

We’ve rounded up our top five tips on how to stay motivated to exercise and how to keep those endorphins flowing.


#1 Set aside the right amount of time for you.

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘quality over quantity’ and that couldn’t be any more relevant to working out. You don’t need to kill yourself by doing an endless amount of squats and burpees to get the bod you want. Instead, be more creative and focus on high-intensity training such as HIIT, which can give you a full workout in just 20 minutes! Make note of when best suits you to workout. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Set aside the right time for you and make it a priority (don’t get sucked into watching the TV on the sofa).

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#2 Reward yourself

It’s surprisingly easy to get excited about exercise when you have a reward planned for yourself at the end of the week or when you’ve reached your goal. Write a list of what you’ll reward yourself for each goal you’ve set in your fitness journey. Reward’s can include:

1. Buying new workout gear

2. A night chilling out with your favorite TV show

3. A new book you’ve been wanting

4. Having a bubble bath with a face-mask

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#3 Make it fun

If the thought of exercise makes you shudder then you’re probably not exercising the way that suits you. Remember, exercise isn’t suppose to be boring. It’s so important to do workouts you enjoy and that inspire you to get out of bed. Don’t just copy what someone else is doing because it works for them, find something you love to do. Whether it’s joining a celebrity’s IG live workout, running or a YouTube yoga session, the possibilities are endless.

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#4 Set goals

Start with a simple goal and then progress to longer range goals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. It’s easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious. For example, if you haven’t exercised in a while, a short-term goal might be to walk 10 minutes a day, five days a week. An intermediate goal might be to walk 30 minutes five days a week. A long-term goal might be to complete a 5K walk or run.

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#5 Workout with friends, family or join classes

You’re not in this alone. If you find yourself lacking motivation to get a sweat on by yourself, then trust us, you’re not the only one. With loads of regular online classes, Instagram live workouts or boot camps in local parks, you’ll have your endorphins flowing in no-time. Better still, invite friends, family, co-workers or your partner for extra motivation.

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