Do you have a gym membership but struggle to make use of it because you lack the motivation to workout? Did you set fitness goals for this year but are already battling to meet them because motivation has somehow fizzled? Do you want to exercise regularly but can’t seem to find the time to do so? Well, many of us battle with staying on top of our fitness goals because life can at times be hectic and at the end of the day, you just want to go home, eat and sleep. Sometimes what we need to stay on top of fitness goals is just motivation and these workout motivation tips will change your mindset when you really don’t feel like getting into gear.


workout motivation tips

Know your ‘why’

This is really vital to meeting your fitness goals and your workout motivation. You need to have a ‘why’. Why do you want to exercise regularly? Why did you sign up for gym membership? Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to make healthier choices? Your answer to your why will determine how much you want it and how far you are willing to go to get it. If your why is lame, you will easily give up. It may not be today nor tomorrow, but you will eventually give up. And if you don’t have a why yet, sit down, think about it and once it has clicked, write it down where you can see it every day.

Set realistic fitness goals

Putting goals in place will help with staying on track and motivate you to workout. If your goal is to lose weight, set goals of how much weight you want to be shedding weekly or monthly. Workout, eat right to hit those numbers. And once you start seeing the results, motivation will skyrocket! Set short-term and long-term goals, make sure they are attainable and be serious about achieving them. Small victories lead to bigger and greater victories!

Exercise first thing in the morning

People usually skip on hitting the gym because they leave it to the end of the day when they have been beaten blue by life’s chores. Working out requires energy and if at the end of each day, your energy is sapped out, you will find more reasons to hit the couch than the gym. Workout first thing in the morning. Make this your ‘me’ time and your workout motivation. Make preparations the night before, sleep in your workout clothes if you have to. Stop hitting the snooze button on your alarm and just get up and get it done! A number of things that will get in the way of your exercise time in the mornings are far lesser than what may later in the day. Drink coffee, drink pre-workout, eat a banana; do whatever it is that will give you a buzz in the morning.

sleep is great for workout motivation

Get enough sleep

Go to bed early and get quality sleep. Sleep is great for exercise motivation as you will be more alert mentally after sufficient rest. I have found that on days that I just can’t sleep at night, I become sluggish the following day. My workout motivation drops right next to zero. I become less energetic, cranky and tend to eat everything in sight.

Plan your workouts in advance

Don’t just rock up at the gym and expect your workout to flow. Plan ahead and know what you are going to do when you get there. You will waste a lot of time trying to figure out what to do next while in the gym. People with no plan in the gym, I have noticed, like wasting other people’s time. Because they have no clue what they are there for, they will chat up everyone in their sight. Don’t be this person. Write down the exercises you will be doing each day and if you have no clue where to start, hire a personal trainer to get you going.

The best workout motivation tips I will leave with you:

If it is important to you, you will find a way! You have to find motivation within yourself. Don’t look for outside sources!


34 thoughts on “Workout Motivation Tips

  1. i’m just thinking of ways to get out of the gym so this is perfect! thank you

  2. So many great tips! I’ve been pretty good with my workout schedule, this year but I could definitely be better!

  3. The ‘Get enough sleeo’ part made me chuckle. I don’t even know what sleep is anymore. It’s either my daughter waking me up all the way through the night or its the other half keeping me awake with his window rattling snoring!

  4. Great enough sleep is something that my folks struggle with! There’s not enough time in the day and sleep regression with a todddler like me takes its toll

  5. I find planning works out in advance really helpful, I also have a spare gym kit in work so I ca go if I have enough energy after work.

  6. Planning is essential, I always keep a workout kit in my work locker and boot of my car so I can work out when I like.

  7. I think you are so right when you say that if it is important to you, you will find a way and that you must find motivation within yourself. No one else can do it for you, you have dig down deep and find the will inside yourself.

  8. I lack a lot of motivation but mine is more pulling myself out of bed in the mornings to go before work. I need to keep thinking to myself why I’m doing it x

  9. Some great tips – people don’t mention sleep as a factor enough. Last few days i’ve slept funny and crooked my neck meaning i haven’t felt like doing my yoga, which I’m aiming to do at least 3 x 30 mins a week. So far I’ve done it twice this week so that’s good x

  10. Its so true that you have to find motivation yourself, thats what I lack. I go kickboxing once a week and from next week I want to start exercising from home a little more.

  11. My lack of gym visits is more to do with the number of people who have taken to skipping in the gym and they are a bit lethal with accidently letting go of the rope!

  12. i really want to workout more but i lack the motivation – i always feel fantastic after I’ve done a workout but it’s so touch to make time to do it. Thanks for the tips, I’ll try and implement them!

  13. These are great tips, always looking for motivation to go to the gym! xo

  14. My key problem is motivation and the lack of it, or always putting things first and then working out later. I really do have to find the time more, you had some great tips though x

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