5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout

With the obesity epidemic on the rise, it is more important than ever to stay active. Since 1996, the obesity rate in America has risen from 17% to 30%. Basically, what that means is that one in three Americans are obese. To get you started here are some ways to make staying active a little bit easier!

1. Join a Fitness Class

A fitness class is a great option for anyone that doesn’t know where to start or doesn’t want to plan their workout. We’ve all been there…you swiped through Pinterest for an hour looking for the workout that’s going to totally change your life overnight and eventually ended up eating cheese fries. A fitness class can save you from scrolling because all you have to do is show up and follow your instructor.  Most universities offer fitness classes free of charge to students. It’s also a great way to make friends on campus. If you already love working out, a fitness class can help you learn some new exercises to mix up your current routine.

2. Buy Stuff

Okay, so I’m not trying to encourage retail therapy, but sometimes it works! If buying new leggings or a new water bottle gets you excited to work out, then go for it. Your wallet may suffer, but your health won’t. What’s really more important here?

3. Hire a Personal Trainer

Hiring a personal trainer is a great option if you’ve never worked out before or if your fitness goals intimidate that crap out of you. Going to the gym on campus can feel kind of scary, especially when everyone seems like they know exactly what they’re doing. A personal trainer will help you to relax and explain exactly how to perform each exercise. Not only will your workouts be personally tailored, but you will also be less likely to injure yourself with the wrong form. Most universities offer personal training for a much cheaper cost than any independent or chain gym would. If this is something you are considering, it is best to do it as a student when the cost is lower.

4. Make a Playlist

Having a kickass playlist is the first (and most important) step to achieving a great workout. Rather than shuffling through songs when you get to the gym, make one ahead of time. This will get you pumped to work out and keep your endurance and energy levels high once you get moving. Don’t feel like making your own? No problem! Most streaming apps have workout playlists already created for your listening needs.

5. Find a Workout Buddy

Having a friend to go to the gym with you will work wonders on your motivation. You will not only have more confidence when you get there, but you will also have way more fun than going alone. You can keep each other accountable and spend some quality BFF time as well.