Your Workout Motivation 0
in Fit on the Side Healthy Living

Your Workout Motivation

your workout motivation
Your workout motivation. Having been a trainer, I’ve heard probably every excuse in the book about why people couldn’t exercise. In over 15 years, I don’t think I met a single person who had a truly valid reason not to exercise, but boy did the excuses abound. Oh, and there were some great ones. The people who impressed me the most were those who continued to push themselves, even while overcoming adversity.

It used to be that regular life contained enough movement for most of us, but with computers and cars, our lives have become sedentary and it has now become a necessity to schedule in actual movement.

your workout motivation


I just don’t have the time. Really? You really don’t have the time? Sure, there are days when you might be super busy but for the most part, everyone can find some time to workout on at least a couple of days each week. Okay, so you might not be able to get to a gym for an hour sweat session, but how about doing some push ups during a 5 minute commercial break? Don’t fall into the absolutist trap of thinking that if you can’t fit in a big workout, then you can’t workout at all. It’s about creating a new mindset and a habit.

I feel like I’m always forcing myself to workout. If you are forcing yourself then yes of course, you will never continue. It’s extremely hard to continuously do something that you hate. Look at it this way, don’t try to change yourself and instead change what you are doing. There are many great alternatives to traditional workouts.

I can’t motivate myself. This I just don’t buy because it’s not about motivating yourself. I believe it’s that you have too many excuses that are getting in the way. Write them down and decide, is this a reason why you can’t workout or just an excuse?

I just want to lose weight. Many of us fit into this spot at one time or another. I’ve spent many a time sitting comfortably on my couch, trying desperately to figure out how I can tone my abs and lose a few pounds, without actually moving. Only my brain was getting a workout. To throw a wrench into these thoughts, here are some benefits to moving: better mood, better sleep, improved heart health, less health issues, better sex life and of course, weight loss (as a bonus, with regular exercise you have a much better chance of keeping it off).

I’ll start just as soon as (fill in the blank). No, no, no, no and no! If you put it off, it will never happen. No one is saying that you need to run to the gym and buy a year long membership. Start small and do crunches while the commercials are on. Brushing your teeth equals squat time and 50 jumping jacks are your morning wake-up.

Working out is boring. No it’s not, but your class or that hour on the treadmill might be. So first, shorten the amount of time you are working out and then try something that’s completely out of your comfort zone, something out of the box. Working out isn’t only about your muscles, but it’s also about keeping your brain occupied. That’s why I’m such a huge fan of ballet and Pilates, they really force me to think not just do.

I feel like everyone is staring at me. I have spent the past 20 or so years of my life working in or owning fitness facilities and I can honestly tell you that no one is looking. Okay sure, sometimes I had an audience when I was taking a Pilates class, but that was only because I was hanging upside down and totally showing off.

your workout motivation

Okay, okay full disclosure here, I’m pretty decent at telling myself that something else is more important, but slowly I’m learning to put my health first. So the next time the weather is awful and you’re tired and you have stuff to do and frankly, you just don’t feel like it, come back to this list and see if it doesn’t change your mind!

How do you motivate yourself to keep working out even when you don’t feel like it?

If you are planning, thinking, dreaming (and making excuses) to start running, I’ve put together an 8 week program that will get you off the couch! Download it now:
*For more of your workout motivation follow me on instagram and pinterest*

*images courtesy of Dollar Photo Club

You Might Also Like

Why You Shouldn’t Weigh Yourself

Why Do I Need To Stretch My Calves

5 Day Workout Plan Part 2

Why Is Exercise So Important

How To Make A Short Workout Count

How Important Is A Warmup

How To Feel Confident About Your Diet

Is Running Bad For Your Knees

Run Better With These Easy Tips

How To Get Your Diet Back On Track

How To Relieve Joint Pain

How To Increase Your Endurance

Best Arm Exercises For Summer 2015

What If I Hate The Gym

Best Stretches Pre And Post Swim

5 Daily Habits That Hurt Your Health

Best Exercises If You Do Manual Labour

Running Outdoors in Winter

Why Should Women Lift Weights

Best Gifts For The Fitness Lover

How To Know If You Are Exercising Too Much

How To Increase Your Bust Size

Muscle Imbalance And Knee Pain

Pros And Cons Of The Elliptical

Free Weights VS Machines

September Ab Challenge Week Three

Best Warmup For Your Workout

Stretching Mistakes You Might Be Making

How To Maintain Weight Loss

My Gym Bag Essentials

Morning Stretches True North Fitness Guide

Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 1

Why You Are Not Losing Weight

What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Exercising

How To Be Healthy Without Trying

Natural Energy Drinks

Working Out Diet And Your Period

Shoulder Stretches

Diet And Fitness Tips You Need To Ignore

Get Fit The Easy Way

How To Love Your Body

Treadmill Running Charts

All About Pilates

September Ab Challenge Week Four

Underactive Thyroid And Weight Loss

Losing Weight In Your 40s

What Is The Deal With All These Diets

Toning VS Bulking Up

Should You Exercise When You Are Sick

How To Easily Get Fit And Healthy

Wrist Exercises For Bloggers

Best Stretches For Relaxation

Get Fit While Watching TV

Talk Fitness With An Expert

Best Headphones For Working Out

5 Day Workout Plan Part 1

Everyone Can Learn To Love Exercise

20 Minute Workout From FitWise

How To Actually Lose Weight

Fitness Terms You Should Know

Are you Over Exercising

Do I Really Need To Workout

Best Travel Workout

Is being thin enough

How To Make Exercise A Habit

No Gym Arm Workout

A Fool Proof Easy Way To Lose Weight

How To Keep Gym Clothes Fresh

What You Should Know About Fitness

Can Food Really Burn Fat

The Importance Of Cross Training

How To Boost Your Metabolism

The Truth About Abs

Muscle Imbalance And Back Pain

Benefits Of Walking

FitWise A Sneak Peek

Fitness Myths Debunked

Killer Foam Roller Ab Workout

How To Workout In The Morning

What To Eat Before A Party

Best Complimentary Activity For Your Workout.

Muscle Imbalances And Upper Body Pain

The Basics Of Hip Stretches

How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

When To Listen To Your Body

Best Foods To Give You Energy

A Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 2

How Much Weight Can You Lose In A Month

What Is Pilates

Staying Fit When You Have No Time

How To Feel Confident When Working Out

How To Speed Up Weight Loss

How To Be A Better Athlete

How To Keep Your Diet On Track

Working Out After 40

Best Recipes For Food Sensitivities

Best Exercises For A Desk Job

Home Gym Must Haves

Exercise And Your Skin

European Travel Italy

Why Your Workout Suddenly Feels Hard

How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

Why Exercise Is Good For Your Skin

Why Should You Meditate

Your At Home Workout Routine

Tips On Getting And Staying Fit In 2016

How To Stay Healthy For The Holidays

7 Times It Is Okay To Skip A Workout

The Importance Of Stretching In Style

Best Low Impact Workouts

Why What You Wear To The Gym Matters

October Fashion Beauty And Fitness Picks

Your Must Do Morning Workout

Muscle Pain VS Injury

Great Metabolism Myths

8 Ways To Learn To Love Running

How To Wear Athleisure

Is Training Harder Better

Cold Weather And Muscle Pain

Everything You Need To Be A Runner

How To Deal With A Bad Workout

Must Do Morning Stretches

Foods That Reduce Stress

Your Summer Fitness Guide

6 Best Exercises For Runners

The Truth About Protein Shakes

Frequently Asked Fitness Questions

September Ab Challenge Recap

All About Your Knees

How To Detox Your Body Naturally

How To Become A Runner

Ballet Inspired Leg Workout

How To Incorporate Pilates Into Everyday

Top 10 Songs For The Gym

How to Stick With Your Diet When No One Wants You To

5 Stretches To Do Before Bed

Top 5 Fitness Posts of 2015

Best Stretches For Runners

Sports Drinks VS Water

September Ab Challenge Week One

Why You Are Doing Your Ab Workout All Wrong

How To Treat Sore Muscles

How To Deal With Muscle Cramps

How To Improve Your Posture

How To Buy The Best Running Shoes

How To Start Running

How To Curb Emotional Eating

Diet Foods To Avoid

4 Ways To Turn Your Walk Into A Workout

Which Style Of Yoga Is Best For You

FitWise Straight Talk About Getting Fit And Healthy

Why You Need To Cool Down Post Workout

Post Workout Beauty Hacks

Why You Should Take A Dance Class Now

How To Work With A Personal Trainer

At Home Quickstart Workout

How To Stay Healthy In Winter

Why Is Sitting Too Much So Bad

What To Do Post Workout

Why Not Drinking Enough Water Can Make You Fat

How To Choose A Personal Trainer

Tips On Working Out In Summer Months

Killer Abs Ball Workout

Losing Weight In 2017

7 Healthy Morning Habits for Looking And Feeling Your Best

How To Eat Healthy Without Trying

What To Eat Pre And Post Workout

How To Have Energy After Lunch

11 Most Common Workout Mistakes

Cute Workout Gear For Every Body Shape

5 Cardio Myths Debunked

Why Do We Focus On Weight

How To Strengthen Your Bones

How To Buy Workout Clothes

How To Come Back After An Injury

When You Don’t Have Time To Workout

How To Ease Sciatic Pain

How To Get A Shapely Butt

5 Best Abdominal Exercises

What Is Your Perfect Workout

Can I Lose Weight And Still Eat Sweets

Health Fitness And My Thyroid

Yoga VS Pilates Which One Is For You

September Ab Challenge Week Two

20 Minute Workout By FitWise

Theraband Workout

Ballet For Fitness: Is Back In Style

How Breathing Can Improve Your Workout

Succeed At Working Out

Ultimate Weight Loss Guide

How To Deal With Bloating

How To Alleviate Back Pain

Eat Carbs And Lose Weight

How To Maximize Your Gym Time

Foot And Ankle Exercises

Summer Health And Beauty

Should I Use A Heart Rate Monitor

Hit The Gym In Style

Fitness Fanatics Shopping Guide

Ultimate Foot Guide And How To Relieve Foot Pain

Pocket Fitness Guides

Best Exercises If You Are On Your Feet All Day

Best Stretches If You Sit At A Desk All Day

High Impact VS Low Impact

Lean Greens Review

The Only Diet You Need Is Balance

How To Feel Good About Your Body

How To Increase Flexibility

Is CrossFit Right For You

10 Easy Ways To Get More Fit

How To Incorporate Exercise Into Everyday

Tips For Getting Back To The Gym

Caffeine And Working Out

How To Cut 500 Calories A Day Without Exercise

Urban Hiking The New Workout

What To Look For In A Smoothie

Traveling With A Sensitive Stomach

Your Guide To Killer Abs

Best Exercises To Tone Your Glutes

Best Exercises For a Toned Back

What To Do When You Plateau

Stay Fit And Healthy For The Holidays

6 Tips To Stop Bloating


  1. Excuses are lame. They’re just non-reasons for avoiding what we all have to do. You’re right about how sedentary modern life has become. We used to move and walk and roam and hike and plow and feed chickens; now we just check the Internet on our couch. Our physical bodies need more than that. Good post.

    1. Thank you! Agreed! You should hear some of the excuses I’ve heard, they are awesome!!!

  2. Monique@The Urban Mum

    I have to say that in 30 years of daily exercise (post school) I have not really had to motivate myself too much – I feel so much better after exercise. The key as you say is finding something (anything) you enjoy; and then be prepared to change as soon as it becomes boring or ineffective. At the moment my routine is yoga and short fast runs; going to add swimming too and more body weight exercises…now if I could be as disciplined with my food intake…I would need less exercise…x

    1. Ha! Yeah it’s the food that gets me too. I’m usually great at working out regularly but sometimes it all goes to pieces…

Comments are closed.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.