If you are having a hard time hitting the gym, try these workout mantras.

workout mantras

It doesn’t matter whether you are an award-winning athlete, or a stay-at-home mom, maintaining your motivation to stay fit is difficult. One of the ways that you can beat this issue is by changing the way you view your workouts. Fitness is important as we all know, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you want to get fit?

There are probably a myriad of reasons in actuality, but I would be willing to bet ‘looking better in a swimsuit’ is somewhere on the list. The problem with this motivation is that it is inherently selfish (although there is nothing wrong with that), if you are only holding yourself accountable, you are more likely to give yourself leeway and skip out on the gym completely.

Changing your mindset regarding your workouts will change the way they occur to you, and ultimately provide new motivation to get up and go. These mantras are the easiest way to change your mindset, and all you have to do is memorize them and repeat them in your head when you need a little extra push.

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‘This is my routine’. Keeping a normal routine is one great way to avoid chaos in your life, and offer yourself some semblance of a steady schedule. If you work out at the same time, every day, or every week, you are more likely to stick to the routine. Don’t be afraid to remind yourself of that fact.

‘I’m doing it for them’. Your workout may have many motivations, but if you can find a way to shift the accountability from yourself to someone else, you are more likely to have successful results. It doesn’t matter if you are working out so that your children have a positive role model, or so that your coworkers will be jealous of you at the upcoming holiday parties, taking the accountability off of yourself will probably help.

‘I paid for it, so I’m doing it’. Gym memberships and personal training sessions aren’t cheap. One way to get yourself to go is to remind yourself that you are paying monthly for it, so if you don’t use your membership you are wasting money.

‘I’m already dressed’. This mantra only really works if you are already in your workout clothes, but sometimes when I am trying to talk myself out of a workout, I go ahead and put on my clothes. Ninety-nine percent of the time this is enough to get me out of the door.

‘It’s all for Instagram’. Whether you like it or not, social media plays a big part in our daily lives. Looking good in photos for Facebook or Instagram can be a powerful motivator for hitting the gym, especially if you are tracking your progress, or sharing your fitness journey with the world. Holding yourself accountable to an audience on social media is a great way to motivate yourself to work out.

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