Let’s be real.
Getting yourself to exercise can be hard as f*ck. In fact, there are all kinds of excuses and reasons that we use to avoid the activity entirely. However, sometimes, we feel inclined to do it anyways, but can’t find the motivation to.
So, in response to that sentiment, I experimented with a few odd methods this past summer to get my motivation up and here’s what I found to be rather effective:
1. Watch the Rocky Training Montage
Watch that sh*t.
In fact, watch it right now:
Isn’t that inspiring as f*ck?
Anyways, whenever you’re feeling unmotivated and don’t feel like moving at all, hop on your computer and look this baby up. After the fact, you’ll probably be ready to hop into a ring or some sh*t, but you should probably settle for heading down to the gym or going for a walk (or run).
Let’s be real.
When I said “find a fitness role model”, you probably thought about some outrageously fit person that you are probably never, ever going to look like in your life.
But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a reasonably and attainably fit person out there who you can aspire to emulate. You just gotta look hard enough.
3. Listen to Eminem music…or some other type of get hype/hardcore music.
To be honest, more than half of my workout playlist is composed of his music and it usually motivates me to not only start working out, but to finish strong too.
However, there’s a slight con to this. If you get easily carried away or easily caught up in your feelings, this may not work for you. Eminem music can get you hype…or have you ready to beat the sh*t out of the first person you see:
And then you’ll end up like this:
So, if you’re not in control of your emotions, I’d avoid this at all costs.
4. Bring “The Crew”
This sounds simple enough, but bear with me.
What I really mean by this is that you have to recruit your closest ride-or-die friends. These friends will not only motivate you to get off your ass and move, but you’ll probably be moving way longer when you’re with them. Your motivation level (and your overall fun level, to be honest) is bound to shoot through the roof.
Simply put, having friends around for a grueling workout is bound to make it more enjoyable and way more bearable.
Also, when you get together, you’ll get to say sh*t like this:
5. Have your meanest/bluntest friend come over to motivate you.
If you’re seriously in dire need of some unconventional motivation, look no further than your meanest/bluntest friend. This friend will not lie to you if you ask them whether or not you should even be exercising to begin with.
And if you’re up for it, you could even get them to yell really mean things at you for extra motivation.
However, much like Eminem music, this may in fact backfire on you if you are super sensitive.
Basically, if you can’t handle it, you’ll go from unmotivated to depressed (and possibly suicidal) really quickly.
So…be careful with this one.
6. Play any one of the Assassin’s Creed games.
If you’re not familiar with such games, you can learn more about them here.
Anyways, for the sake of this point, I’ll go with Assassin’s Creed 2.
Without getting too much into the game, you end up following protagonist Ezio Auditore as he journeys from a rich, womanizing playboy to a full-on Assassin after he experiences a terrible, terrible tragedy.
Of course, that said journey includes him training to do some impossible ass sh*t (a la Batman-style), but even BEFORE he starts this whole Assassin thing, Ezio is still unbelievably fit. Scaling buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop….you name it.
See the insanity for yourself:
Granted, I have no plans to join sh*t like that, but if I could even be half as fit as Ezio, I’d be in good shape (literally).
7. Imagine someone seeing you naked for the first time.
That sounds weird as f*ck, right?
Regardless of what you’re thinking, this actually works…unless you have no shame (and that in itself is another thing entirely).
Think about it.
Imagine that you’re about to do the deed with that one special person and let’s just assume that they have never, ever seen you naked before. When you do end up revealing yourself, do you really want this reaction:
Or do you want this reaction:
That’s what I thought.
Do you really want to watch that entire season of Doctor Who/Sherlock/Arrested Development/House of Cards/whatever else? Well, if that’s the case, get your 20-30 minutes in already and then binge all you want.
For every time you miss (or seriously consider missing) a workout, stick a buck or two in a jar or something. I promise you that sh*t will add up fast and will most likely motivate you to get off your ass, lest you become broke.
-Complain/whine until you do it:
This really depends on what type of person you are, but I myself am not fond of excessive complaining. So, after hearing myself whine/complain about working out for more than five or ten minutes, I’m bound to want to punch myself in the face and as a result, I get moving ASAP.
Anyways, what do you guys say? What are some quirky/unconventional/weird ways that you motivate yourself to work out? Let me know in the comments below!
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- 5 Ways to Motivate Your Workout (ignoringlimits.wordpress.com)
- How to Get Yourself Motivated about Exercise (moiraknewman.wordpress.com)
- How to Stay Motivated to Keep Exercise Exciting (everydayhealth.com)
- Sheila Shares Fitness – Exercise Motivation (sheilarobinsonfitness.com)