How To Motivate Yourself To Work Out When Exercise Sounds Terrible

Somehow the end of the Summer months marked the end of all your motivation. It seems like you’ve gone into some loophole of seasonal depression. You’re not wrong to feel like you’re down in the dumps because you technically are. You’ve had your dose of vitamin D ripped away from you, and with that, your serotonin levels have dropped, which is why you feel so down. There’s a huge number of different 

You don’t need to stay blue. Physical activity can get your serotonin levels back up, you just need to find a way to build up your gumption to get up and go exercise. So, how are you going to get yourself back on that healthy lifestyle train when you’re just not in the mood?

1- Just Do Anything 

Yes, anything for half an hour. You could run, walk, dance, or whatever else. But, for this to work you really should consider something that will get your heart rate up. It may not be high activity exercise or cardio, but it doesn’t need to be. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get the motivation to start to slow. If you’re a dog owner, then you’re in luck. Some dog walking can be a gateway to actual exercise. 

2- Exercise In The Morning 

Maybe finishing work in the dark is stopping you from hitting the gym, so switch up your routine. Rather than hitting the gym after work, try to exercise before you go to work or even during your lunch break. Working out in the morning will often provide extra energy and motivation throughout the entire day. Just make sure that if you’re hitting the gym before work that you’re all showered up and cooled off before heading to your place of employment. 

3- Don’t Stick To A Plan

During the summer, it’s common for people to take part in scheduled exercise events. When it comes to finding your winter motivation, it’s time to think outside the box a little bit. Skip the 5k run and instead try something out. You can try running, jogging, sprinting, weights cross training or anything else. Take this time to try out some exercises that you’ve always wanted to try. Winter can be a great time to try out crossfit or something else. 

4- Use Your Bodyweight 

So, you’re feeling a little crummy, and just the idea of putting on your gym shoes has got you down. Don’t go to the gym, head to your backyard or an open space and go through a bodyweight HIIT circuit. This is what you can do in 10 minutes:

  1. 5 to 10 burpees
  2. 10 to 15 alternating lunges
  3. 15 to 20 V-pushups 
  4. 10 to 15 regular pushups 
  5. 5 to 10 jumping squats

5- Do Something You Didn’t Get To Do In The Summer 

Maybe you had some hike planned, but things got a little busy, and you just didn’t go. So, instead of saving it for next summer. Dig out a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and just go. The weather doesn’t need to be a problem. If you’re dealing with a large amount of snow on the ground, snowshoeing can be a great option. Try cross country skiing instead of hiking. It can let you see the scenery you were into, while providing some quality exercise.