Everything You Need 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, revitalizing your motivation could be as simple as 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. Check out 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 130,000 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 32 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 each, giving you a quick and easy boost of internal motivation. Plus, while they include audio and video, you can simply listen in to get just as much out of them as you would by watching them. So if you need a quick pick-me-up before hitting the gym, throw one on your phone and listen while getting ready. They don't all relate directly to exercise, but they provide lessons and information applicable to living a healthy, inspired life. 

3
Subscribe to an Exercise Podcast

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Expand your knowledge, enjoy a few laughs and get coached through your next yoga routine, all with the help of podcasts. After downloading these 12 podcast suggestions, you can tune in on your daily commute, listen while you work, or save your favorites to help get you through your next workout. 

Another motivation tip? If you have a podcast you absolutely love, use it as your carrot for heading to the gym, only allowing yourself to listen to it while you're working out. 

4
Tune Into the Right Playlist for Your Workout

Whether you're a swimmer, Pilates fan, or a power walker, Spotify has a playlist for that. The right music can set the tone for your workout, either blissing you out for your yoga session, or pumping you up to 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 into your workout by listening to one of these playlists

5
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. 

6
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 these lists of Pinterest and YouTube 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. 

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