6 strategies to get moving when you don’t feel like it
Do you ever feel like you just don’t have the energy to get up and work out? Maybe you’ve had a long day at work, or you’re feeling sluggish. Whatever the reason, it’s sometimes tough to motivate yourself to do anything. This is a common problem, but luckily, there are ways to overcome it. In this blog post, we will discuss 6 strategies that will help you get moving when you don’t feel like it. Follow these tips, and you will be on your way to getting in shape!
Strategy #01: Start small
If you’re feeling unmotivated or tired, don’t try to work out for an hour. Start with just five or ten minutes. Once you get started, you may find that you have more energy than you thought. Starting small is a good way to ease into your workout, and it’s less intimidating than trying to do a lot at once. It can also help convince yourself to get moving and keep going because you know that it’s not a long workout.
This strategy can be applied to all types of workouts, including walking, running, cycling and swimming. You can even do it with your favourite exercise video or app if you don’t feel like going outside! Simply tell yourself that you’ll only do a certain amount, and then see how you feel as you get moving. Who knows, you could end up feeling great and doing a full workout!
Strategy #02: Listen to music that gets you motivated
Music is a great way to motivate yourself when you don’t feel like working out. It can give us an extra boost of energy, make us move faster or harder, and distracts our minds from how tired we are feeling at the time. Music can also help us get into a good mood and make our workouts more fun!
This strategy is perfect for all kinds of workouts, but especially running or walking outdoors (or on the treadmill). When those endorphins kick in from listening to your favourite songs, there may be no stopping you!
Strategy #03: Make it a habit
The easiest way to get yourself moving is by making exercise part of your daily routine. Plan your workouts in advance, and make sure to schedule them for times when you know you’ll be able to stick to them. This way, you’re already in the habit of working out on certain days and don’t have to worry about convincing yourself that it’s time for another workout session (or deciding what type). Plus, if you’ve read about how important it is for our health to get moving, then there’s no excuse not to do so!
The best way to start a new habit? Make sure that you don’t skip more than one day. If this happens, it will be harder for your brain and body to remember what exercise feels like because they won’t have done it in so long. You can refer to our guide on setting new health intentions for more information.
Strategy #04: Find a workout buddy
If you’re feeling unmotivated, try working out with someone else! This way, you’ll be more likely to get up and do the exercise because your friend is there waiting for you. It can also make the workout more fun (and less of a chore). Plus, you can encourage each other and give each other helpful tips along the way.
This strategy is great for all types of workouts – just make sure that your buddy is at a similar fitness level.
Strategy #05: Set goals and visualise the end result
When you have specific goals in mind, it’s easier to get motivated. Remembering why you’re working out in the first place will help keep you motivated when things get tough!
This is where visualisation can come in to help – picturing yourself completing your workout and reaching your goals. By doing this, you’ll have something to focus on that will help keep you going. You can also try imagining how much better it will feel to be stronger, fitter and healthier. You’ll be more likely to work out even when you don’t feel like it because you know that the end result will be worth it.
Strategy #06: Mix things up
Don’t do the same old workout every day; instead, try something new! This will help keep your body and mind guessing, which can make the workouts more fun. It also means that you’re less likely to get bored with them (and stop doing them altogether). You can mix things up by:
- Changing your route or location. Try running on a different path, using the stairs instead of an escalator, or doing squats outside rather than inside. You could even try taking your workout to another city if you’re going to be travelling.
- Trying out different types of exercise like yoga or lifting weights at home (if you don’t already). It’s important to get technique right to avoid injury so you can start with an instructor, then continue at home once you’re feeling confident.
- Switching up your routine every few months so that it doesn’t become monotonous.
For more ideas, take a look at our 10 ways to make exercise more fun. These will give you some inspiration for new workouts to try.
Before you get started
Before you start with any new exercise routine, it’s good to get an idea of where your health is at right now. A consultation with your GP or private health assessment will help you to feel confident that you are ready to get started.
Our Health MOTs include key health markers and give you insight into where your health is at right now and what changes you may like to consider making.
To find out more about our Health Assessments, see our Health MOT packages.