How to Stay Motivated to Workout

7 Ways To Stay Motivated to Workout

Working out often is hard. It can be tough to find the motivation to keep going. When it comes down to it, it’s all about your mindset. If you can train your brain to keep yourself accountable, you’ll be surprised how much easier it is to work out consistently.

I noticed a huge difference in my life when I started using these simple strategies to motivate myself. I went from working out around 3 times per week to 5-6 times per week. It’s important to note that you should not work out every single day of the week because your body needs a rest day.

Why Take a Rest Day?

Rest days are vital to a successful workout routine. Rest days are necessary for your muscles to recover. When you work out, you are creating micro-tears in your muscles. When taking a rest day, cells called fibroblasts repair the muscles, therefore healing and growing the muscle. This is what creates a strong muscle. A rest day will also help you not burn out, get overly fatigued, or risk injury- all of which happen when you overwork yourself. So make sure that you are listening to your body and taking an oh-so-important rest day!

Keeping that in mind, let’s move on to my most effective tips on staying motivated to workout.


1) Set Challenges for Yourself

Setting challenges for yourself is a great way to hold yourself accountable. I recommend having a new challenge every month to keep you on your toes. This can be as simple as doing a certain workout for 15 minutes every morning (check out my plank challenge for some inspo). Then, write down your challenge of the month so you are constantly being reminded of it. You can even get a group of friends in on the challenge for extra motivation. Check in with each other every day and make sure you are all keeping up!

2) Work on a Specific Area

Sometimes working out can just be overwhelming. If you have a lot of goals, sometimes it can just be easier to do nothing than to try and work on everything. Instead, schedule a different body part per day. For example; make Monday your abs day. Really hone in on doing abs and working your core every Monday. This makes it much harder to skip a day, because then your whole schedule is thrown off!

3) Progress Pictures

Progress pictures can be extremely helpful. I started taking progress pictures and got even more motivated when I started seeing the results right before my eyes. Take a mirror selfie at the end of every week and check-in to see your progress!

4) Have a Specific Time of Day

Having a routine is amazing for keeping yourself accountable. If your workout is ingrained in your routine and set on your calendar, it’s much harder to blow off. I like to do mine first thing in the morning, so I can reward myself with a yummy protein shake for breakfast. Write it in your planner, on your calendar, or wherever you know you’ll see it. Having a visual reminder is key!

5) Treat Yo Self on Rest Days

This one is a personal favorite. Remember the rest day we talked about earlier? This is what you can do on those days. I think the perfect replacement for a workout on a rest day is a little personal pampering time. Do a face-mask, take a luxurious bath, or read a book with a cup of tea. Whatever your favorite way to unwind is, do it on that rest day. Having a day to spoil yourself will give you extra motivation during your workout time.

6) Have a Fire Workout Playlist

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Make a workout playlist that you know will get your blood pumping and motivate you to work out a little extra hard. Not having to look at your phone to find a new song every 3 minutes will keep you focused and off your phone. You can even coordinate your workouts with your favorite songs!

7) Turn Up the Heat

This is a fun one! If you’re working out from home this is especially helpful. I like to turn off the AC in my apartment and let it get nice and toasty. Think of it like taking a hot yoga class. It’s fun to get extra sweaty. You sweat out all of those nasty toxins, and it feels like you’re in your own personal workout class!

Now Go Workout!

I hope you found these tips helpful! Remember to be kind to your body, and be patient and understanding with yourself. No one is perfect, and it’s okay to break your schedule! Let me know which tips are your favorites!

23 thoughts on “How to Stay Motivated to Workout”

      1. I have reached a phase where I am super unmotivated but I think thanks to your post I have new motivation now and will give your tips a try! So thank you, hope it works x

        1. I’m glad this is helpful! Good luck, and don’t be too hard on yourself! 🙂

  1. Love this post! I think I will definitely try taking progress pictures, I think that’s one of the reasons I always give up when I feel like I can’t see a change! Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂 x

    1. It can be so hard to see results by just looking in a mirror! Pictures help so much!

      1. Wow this pictures are definitely inspiring me and I need some workout inspiration right now! Thanks for getting me motivated

  2. I have found that all of the things on this list do help me stay motivated to do my workout. I have not tried giving myself pampering on my rest days; I will have to try that just because I deserve it for all of my hard work and for remaining consistent. I also have not thought about the benefits of turning the a/c off while working out. I have found it too uncomfortable but maybe it’s worth a second shot if it will have detox effects! Great tips. ?

  3. Taking a rest day is so important! This is always my biggest mistake. I’m all or nothing for months at a time. Moderation is definitely key!

  4. So many great tips here! I recently challenged myself to 10,000 steps a day for a blog post and it’s been life changing! Setting that goal and tracking my progress has kept me on track. I can’t wait to try some more of your advice!

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