5 Easy Tools to Amp Up Your Fitness Motivation

The Tools You Need to Stay Inspired for Fitness

It's tough to stay motivated to exercise, especially after the shine of a new year's resolution has faded, or a big event (a wedding or reunion, perhaps?) has come and gone. The thing is, a lifelong commitment to exercise isn't supposed to feel like a death march—it's supposed to enhance your life, giving you the energy you need to feel and be at your best, all within the context of a healthier body. 

But losing the fire of fitness motivation is completely normal. As with most daily habits, it's not unusual for the day-to-day mechanics of an exercise routine to become tiresome. Trying new workouts or taking a fitness vacation can help, but the reality is that a routine, by definition, is routine. 

When you're stuck in a rut and feeling uninspired to keep your gym dates, try revitalizing your motivation by following a new account on social media or downloading a new workout playlist. Finding small ways to stay focused on exercise, even when your energy is low, will help you to embrace physical activity as part of your lifestyle, rather than viewing it as a tiresome obligation. Here are a few of the simplest ways to keep your fitness motivation high every single day. 

1
Join a Facebook Fitness Group

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There are more than a billion people worldwide who turn to Facebook groups to connect with others who share their interests. If you're looking for fellow fitness enthusiasts—runners, cyclists, triathletes, gym buffs, barre babes, or kickboxing fans—you're pretty much guaranteed to find a group for it on Facebook. Even Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, started A Year of Running group to challenge others to conquer 365 miles of running in 2016. And even though 2016 is over, the community of more than 120,000 individuals continues to inspire and motivate each other to get out there and pound the pavement every single day. 

So what are you waiting for? Check out a few more fitness groups on Facebook that just might give you a daily motivation boost.

2
Listen or Watch Inspirational TED Talks

These short, inspirational TED Talks last no more than 15 minutes, giving you a quick and easy boost of internal motivation. And while each talk features audio and video, you don't have to watch the video to enjoy the experience. Case in point—the next time you need a quick pick-me-up before hitting the gym, all you have to do is throw one of these talks on your phone and listen to the audio while getting ready. You'll be impressed with how quickly they give you a buzz of inspiration.

3
Tune Into the Right Playlist for Your Workout

Whether you're a swimmer, Pilates fan, or a power walker, there's a playlist for that. The right music sets the tone for your workout, helping you bliss out before your yoga session or helping you get pumped up before you hit the weights.

In fact, according to a 2012 study published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, synchronizing your music to the tempo of your workout might actually make you more efficient during exercise, extending your ability to perform. So go ahead and tune up your workout by hand-crafting a playlist with your favorite tunes. It'll be time well spent before you hit the gym.

4
Sign Up to Get a Monthly Fitness Subscription Box

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Subscription boxes are a fun way to reward yourself for sticking with a regular fitness routine. These monthly or quarterly box subscriptions deliver new, cutting edge products related to your favorite fitness activity directly to your door. Most subscriptions don't advertise what products you'll receive in each box, so there's an element of surprise that helps keep deliveries fun. Plus, there are boxes for practically every niche you could imagine, from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to workout apparel. Check out a few of the boxes you could subscribe to. 

5
Follow New Fitness-Focused Social Media Accounts

You don't need to bog down your social media feed by following every fitness expert or guru out there, but it doesn't hurt to follow a few standout influencers. With clear images and brief videos, you can learn new exercises, discover fresh motivation, and connect directly with top experts. Just don't expect a lot of ab shots or belfies from this list of Pinterest accounts—the point is to get hardcore fitness information, not soft core porn.

Sources:

Bacon CJ, Myers TR, Karageorgis CI. "Effect of music-movement synchrony on exercise oxygen consumption." The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22828457. August 2012.