Do you have goals of getting fit and healthy, but struggle to drag yourself out of bed, out the door, down the street, and through the doors of your gym?
I know myself fairly well. We’ve been together for 37 years now, in fact. And I know that as winter rolls around, I will skip the gym in a heartbeat. Especially, if the gym is not within walking distance...of like, my bed.
At one point in my life, I was the Queen of pilates and barre, but the studio nearby closed (RIP Thrive Pilates), so now I’m left to my own devices when it comes to exercising.
But who doesn't want to feel motivated to exercise? It’s a common topic -- a buzzword -- item on our Christmas list. The interesting thing is while everyone wants it, no one really knows what it is or how it works.
Have I got some news for you...
According to Psychology Today, motivation is literally the desire to do things. I know. Mind blown, right? Just wait for it...
If you want to exercise, but you’re still sitting on the couch, then your motivation to relax is stronger than you’re motivation to go for a run. It's just that simple.
You’ll make excuses (like what I sometimes do). The gym is too far. It’s cold outside. I need to cook dinner. You swat away obstacles like a horse swishing its tail to get rid of flies -- half-heartedly, knowing it really doesn’t make a difference. You just aren’t gonna do the thing.
So, how do you get motivated?
Really, the key to getting motivated is as simple as getting clear on what you want and how bad you want it. The more you desire something, the more you’ll work to overcome the obstacles that stand in your way. Even if that obstacle is yourself.
So, unfortunately, there isn’t a secret sauce -- or magical playlist -- to get motivated. You either want to workout, or you don’t. Sorry, not sorry.
Which brings me to inspiration.
"Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and carry it through to its conclusion, and inspiration is when an idea gets hold of you and carries you where you are intended to go." Dr. Wayne Dyer
There’s a reason this blog post is titled: A Workout Playlist to Keep You Inspired (Not Motivated).
Inspiration is a driving force. It’s something you feel on the inside that keeps you moving. It helps you work towards your goal with enthusiasm and excitement.
So, while I can’t motivate you to go to the gym, I can inspire you to get moving and stay moving once you’re there.
My workout playlist has toe-tapping, blood-pumping, energetic music that’ll make you feel EXCITED to achieve your goals (whether you want to become a bodybuilder or lose a few pounds to make room for chocolate pie).
Trust me. I may sometimes struggle to get motivated, but I remind myself of why I’m doing it. It’s good for me (self-care, anyone?), and I feel happier.
Then, I use my workout playlist to push through the end of the workout! So, are you ready to feel inspired? Check out the Spotify link below!
Get Moving: A Workout Playlist to Keep You Inspired (Not Motivated)