By Lauren Denos: 3/6/2015 (Ask Lauren)

Dear Lauren,

I hate the gym. I have no plans to ever belong to a gym, but I am not motivated enough to workout at home. Yet, I know I need to be working out. How do I resolve this?

Thanks, Trina

Hey Trina,

I understand. There are plenty of people who do not like the gym. Luckily you do not need to go to the gym to get a good workout. The reason you may not feel motivated to workout at home is because it is easy to get distracted. Many people find that if they are working out in their home, they are just thinking about all the other stuff that needs to be done. There are a couple solutions to this.

Find a quite park or trail to work out at. You could run, hike, bike, or do body weight training. Just the act of getting away from the house and setting the intention of workout time can do wonders.

Find a workout buddy. Then you can either work out outdoors, at her house, or yours. When you have someone to workout with, it makes it clear in your head that this is workout time, not run around the house time. Plus, having a partner is one of the best ways for unmotivated people to stay motivated, even if you are at your own house. When you have someone relying on you, you are much less likely to bail out of your workout.

Take a class or join a group sport. You do not need to be at the gym pumping iron to get in a good workout. Group activities are very motivating and fun for a lot of people who are not self-motivated for exercise. For instance, you can take a dance class, do martial arts, join a soccer league, or a basketball team. If you live near the beach, you can take up a solo sport like swimming, surfing or kayaking. The options are endless. It is always best if you can find something you really enjoy. If you enjoy it, you will stick with it and you’ll learn to look forward to it instead of dreading it.

The one main thing to look at is: do you WANT to exercise? If you want it, and you just have not found what interests you, then you can remedy that. It may also help to find your “why.” Why are you wanting to workout? Why do you want to get healthier? The deep reasons that go into your “why” will be a big factor in getting and keeping you motivated.

Go test out some of these ideas and see which one works for you. You will find your answer if you look at what you would enjoy. Happy exercising!




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