How to Actually Be Motivated to Workout

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Working out is one of those things that I have realized is such an important part of my daily routine. Before discovering Pure Barre (which I feel like I talk about all the time on the blog haha!), working out was a bit of a struggle and not something I particularly liked to do (maybe it was the fact running was my go-to). I probably worked out like twice over the course of my entire junior year, which probably wasn't the best idea considering my stress level junior year.

Motivating yourself, however, is such an important part of going to work out as my barre teachers always say, "80% of your workout is getting yourself here". Once you get int the workout mindset, you're pretty much set so I decided to share with y'all some motivation tips to help you start your workout.

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Schedule a Class
This has been a game changer for me as I cannot tell y'all how many times I would say "I'm going to go on a run after school today" only to go home and decide not to. I started doing Pure Barre in June (which you can read about here), which has been great because you have to sign up ahead of time and there is also a two hour cancellation window meaning if I decide not to go to class within 2 hours of the start time, I am still charged for the class. That alone has been a huge motivator and having it scheduled into my calendar really helps me put aside time to workout.

Change into your Workout Clothes
Personally, if I put my workout clothes right when I get home from school or have them lying out for an early morning workout, I am more likely to actually go and workout.

Listen to the right Playlist
When driving to barre class, the music I listen to on the drive over really has an impact on my mood (whether I'm upbeat or more ehh) for my workout. Be sure to listen to music that is more upbeat (not the time to listen to slow or sad music) to set the tone. I'm planning on putting together a post with some of my favorite "pump up" songs so look forward to that!

Positive Affirmations
This may just be my personality but if I become really negative with myself, that is never going to happen. To prevent this from happening, be positive and turn, "I hate running" to "I'm going to go for a quick run and then I'll do ______".

Set a Goal
I don't know about y'all but if I set a goal, I will reach it. Setting a goal, whether it be to workout three days a week, go to 100 barre classes, or to finally run a __ minute mile, is such a good motivator as you will work harder to reach it.

Go with a Friend
I typically go to Pure Barre by myself because of the hecticness of my schedule but if you really want to get a workout out, text a friend and go together. This makes the workout a bit more fun, making a bit easier for you to get up and going. Not only do you get your workout in, you also get to catch up with a friend, which is always a good thing!

How do you motivate yourself to workout? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Needed to read this! I just did a spin class for the first time last night and it was really fun and perhaps the best workout to be motivated for!

  2. Great tips! I really need to get back to my working out schedule!

  3. Scheduling a class helps so much!


  4. Such great tips that I really needed to hear! I have been SO bad about hitting the gym lately.

    La Belle Sirene

  5. Family and friends are great motivators but i think a lot of it boils down to how badly we want to lose weight or tone up.

  6. These are such great tips! Having the right playlist seriously can make SUCH a difference!


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