6 Tips to Get Motivated to Exercise This Summer
Posted by Caitlin Norton
Summer is rapidly approaching and it can be tough to find the motivation to make exercise a priority. We all want to go out for drinks after work and hang with friends over dinner, instead of hitting the gym. And sometimes, after a stressful day, we just want to lay on the couch and binge on Netflix (I totally get it). But really, we’re sacrificing our workout time in the name of fun. So I’m going to challenge you to stop making excuses and get motivated to exercise this summer.
So here are 6 tips to get yourself into a more healthy routine… routine being the key word.
- Make it a date with reminders
Create reminders in your phone or email calendar with specific dates and times to workout. It’s ok to tell your friends that you’ve got a date with fitness that you have to keep. They can work around it. I’m not saying you’ll never have to cancel on yourself, but you can at least push it back or reschedule and stay on track.
- Try something new
It’s a bit intimidating to sign up for a class or bootcamp, but it can be one of the best things you ever do. You can even recruit your friends into going with you. You’ll zap the boredom that some people get after a few weeks of the same workouts and you’ll be hitting muscle groups in different ways. It’s always good to keep it fresh. ClassPass is a great way to try out fitness classes and see what you like, without paying tons of money.
- Invest in your exercise wardrobe
Not even kidding… the right clothes and shoes can make a huge difference in your exercise. Plus, who doesn’t love the motivation of showing off a new outfit? Get some new, and I can’t stress this enough, comfy pants and shirts to wear. I always try to find something flattering (not too tight, or too baggy) and most of all, is breathable. In fact, I tend to think of my workout gear as my superhero costume. Suit up and fight for fitness!
- Get some new jams
Find your songs of the summer that make you want to move. Make playlists in iTunes, Pandora, Apple Radio or Songza for plenty of tracks that will fire you up to get through that workout. The theme from Rocky is also exceptionally motivational, FYI.
- Peer pressure for a good cause
It can be a challenge, but it’s important to have a couple of friends you can text/call and workout with. More often than not, you’ll find that you’ll guilt each other into getting off the sofa and meeting your fitness goals.
- Join a gym or quit a gym
If you haven’t joined a gym yet, summer is the perfect time to do so. It’s much cheaper than the winter, because so many people quit the gym and take up outdoor alternatives. Inversely, if you’ve been hitting the gym since winter and want to shake things up, you can quit the regular gym and join some alternative classes -or take your workout outside in the sunshine. It’s your money; make it work for your workout.