5 Surefire Ways to Get Motivated and Pumped Up to Workout!

Even the most motivated people on Earth can be struck with that feeling of apathy – the lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. Being unmotivated sucks, especially when you have lofty goals like muscle building or winning a state championship.

In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons people get unmotivated is because they have too much on their plate. They get overwhelmed with school, work, homework, sports, a to-do list, etc.

The easiest and fastest way to get over this overwhelm is to simply start plugging away at whatever it is you have to do. If I have ten people I need to call, two homework assignment that are due tomorrow, thirty minutes of watching film I need to do by gameday, the best thing to do is to START.

Procrastination is another huge problem that almost everyone I know is faced with.. all this stuff ties together and again, the easiest way to get things done and checked off your to-do list is to simply get going on it!

So how do you get motivated and pumped up to workout?

Up to this point we’ve pretty much only talked about how to get rid of procrastination and how to stop the feeling of apathy and overwhelm. Now let’s get into the details of getting motivated and pumped up to workout. Here are a few surefire ways to get you jazzed up:

  • Music

Find some songs that make you want to move! I can’t tell you exactly what will get you going because it is different for everyone. There are some hip hop/rap songs that get me in the mood to workout while there are also some that make me want to chill out and relax with friends! Some country music will get me excited and ready for the day but some make me in a down mood or make me way more relaxed than I want to be. Listen to the radio or go online and search for different styles of music! I recommend you make a playlist on your iPod specifically for lifting weights or training.

  • Find Inspiration

For me, finding inspiration comes from watching other people achieve things that nobody thought they could – sometimes even themselves. There are always success stories on the news or on the internet that talk about a variety of subjects.. anywhere from school successes to athletic feats! Find something or someone that inspires you. I love to read quotes and listen to motivational speakers.

  • Commit Publicly to Your Goal

This one is huge! How many times have you seen people on TV shows like The Biggest Loser finally achieve success because they are on a TV show and people are watching? The answer is a lot! No matter what you are trying to accomplish, you always get better results when you go public about it. Tell your friends or colleagues that you’re working out! Tell them that your goal is to make the varsity roster or lose 30 pounds. Occasionally people will ask about how you’re doing with that goal and you can be honest with them. None of us like to look bad in front of others and so telling people about what you are trying to achieve will force you to work that much harder.

  • Start Small
It seems like every year hundreds of thousands of people make the goal of “losing weight” or “getting in better shape” as their New Year’s Resolution. How many people have you seen actually accomplish this? My answer would be not many. Seriously, I can create a pretty big list of people I know in my own town that have made this resolution and that have failed. Don’t be this person! Your goals have to be SMART and they have to be achievable. Successful business owners don’t make a goal of profiting ten million dollars in their first year.. you need to start small and build on it! If making varsity is your top goal, access your skills and figure out what you need to do in order to get there. Maybe you need to get stronger and faster.. PERFECT! Start working out more often and lift heavier weight! Eat cleaner and take in more calories. This will help you build muscle, get stronger, and gain weight. Then, go outside and run a few times a week. Sprint up hills, do stadium stairs! Eventually, you will achieve your goals. But you must start small and work from there.
  • Build on Success

If you start small, you’re well on your way to success. Take a lazy person for example. Maybe they haven’t been to the gym in two years. If they start small and make a goal of getting to the gym at least three times for the first two weeks, they are already successful! On the other hand, if they made a goal of losing 30 pounds or getting ripped, it would take them much longer to reach their goal and it is not measurable. Once you start small and you achieve success with that small goal, work your way up to more challenging achievements! Instead of working out three times a week, make it five times a week and longer workouts.

  • Crush Limiting Beliefs and Negative Thoughts

Ever heard of the Law of Attraction? This applies to everything in life and I strongly recommend you take some time and learn about it. (Maybe I’ll even write a blog post about it!) Anyway, think positive no matter how good or bad your current situation is. When you do┬ásomething┬ápositive that gets you closer to your goal, pat yourself on the back! Become aware of every negative thought you make and turn it into a positive one.

 

The last thing I’m going to leave you with is this:

Each day you can get better or worse and you can get closer to your goals or further away from them. What did you do today?

- Justin Willman

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