End Gym Dread: How To Fall In Love With Working Out

April 29, 2016  |  
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When you secretly (or not so secretly) hate going to the gym, getting your health where you want it to be can be a serious obstacle. It’s really hard to get the recommended more than two hours a week when you hate every minute of it. And putting in extra hours to get added weight off? Forget about it.

If good health and consistent exercise are things on your agenda that have been escaping you for too long, it might be time to change the way you look at working out. There’s a way to look forward to getting a workout in most days of the week.

And it’s not all about focusing on the positive. Work out the right way and you can trick your brain into loving it when you work up a sweat.

 

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Get An Exercise High

Don’t stop your daily cardio until you feel that runner’s high that people are always talking about.

Those endorphins not only feel great, but they’re also addictive. Give yourself a daily dose and you’ll soon be craving it enough to make going to the gym a serious habit.

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Reward Yourself

Made all of your scheduled gym appointments this week? Buy yourself something new (like fun gym clothes), spend too much on it and wear it as a reward for following through.

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Fall In Love With Energy Drinks

Coffee, black tea, Red Bull, whatever gives you the wings.

Not only will you avoid the afternoon slump that makes you want to order in instead of working it out, but you’ll also be dying for a way to burn off that energy once your workout time rolls around.

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Get a Workout Buddy

Whether it’s a friend that you only get to see behind the walls of 24 Hour Fitness or a hot trainer that you don’t want to disappoint, give yourself a reason to want to go to the gym that has very little to do with stress and strain.

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Make Your Workout Playlist Amazing

Include all of the songs that give you life and pump you up. You’ll find yourself getting excited about your next run just to hear that Lemonade track again.

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Buy An Inspirational Outfit

Get it one size smaller and keep it in plain sight. Then try it on every week.

It will reveal the centimeters and inches you’re losing (even when the scale isn’t budging) and keep you motivated to see progress every day.

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Get Competitive

Make a bet with a friend and set the stakes high. Working toward a goal you want nearly as bad as a new you will drive you to push harder every day.

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Make Your Workout Convenient

Don’t sign up for a gym across town you’re never going to go to. If you know that distance and time are a factor, invest in a treadmill, find a track near your house or download some workout videos you love that you can do at home.

Making your workout hard to avoid is the best way to make it part of your routine.

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Brag About It

Having something positive to say about your progress the next time someone asks is plenty of motivation to keep going strong.

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Change Your Hairstyle

Committing to braids for a few months will not only make your hair gym-friendly but serve as a constant mirror reminder of the commitment you made to get fit.

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Take Things To Social Media

Take daily workout selfies to see your progress, or go the extra mile and start a fitness Tumblr. Adding another dimension to your workout will help make it part of your lifestyle!

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Join A Class You Love

Find a spin class you can’t live without, learn a new dance routine, take the kids roller skating once a week.

Fall in love with the activity and you’ll look forward to working out every time.

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Put It In Your Schedule

To make “I didn’t have time” a thing of the past.

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Eat Good Fuel

Focusing on workout-friendly foods will make it easier to work out and give you the energy you need to want to get to the gym and the energy you need afterward.

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