Workout Motivation

Here’s the truth: Lately, my motivation for working out has been less than stellar. I know that it’s a combination of laziness, boredom, and the lack of a workout buddy.


When I find myself hating the gym, I have to hit the reset button and find a way to re-motivate myself. “Thin-spiration” doesn’t work for me; in all honesty it does the exact opposite.

via – yes, that’s real.

As cheesy as it sounds, motivational quotes have the ability to seriously get my ass in gear. It’s funny how Life works, because today’s Body Attack instructor told the class (at least three times):

There will come a day when we can no longer do this – but today is not that day.

That quote genuinely inspired me get through some awful, terrible, I-just-want-to-stop-this moments in class.

So, I TRULY want to know – what inspires YOU to get out there and sweat?! 



  1. says

    Knowing how much better I’ll feel after – mentally AND physically is what gets me through. Sadly, today I had to cut my workout short after my strength session because I was allowing anxiety to get the best of me and found myself feeling very light headed at times. I couldn’t get myself together so I had to leave but I was happy to have done my strength session and came home to do yoga knowing it would help relax my mind.

  2. Fran says

    I look at old pictures of myself and think I do not want to go back there. It’s been a long journey getting to where I am now and I have to keep it up!

  3. says

    The best inspiration for me is realizing that I’ll FEEL so much better after a good workout. I try to imagine my gym time or morning runs as “me time.” I used to be in really good shape because I dedicated the time to playing sports that I loved and enjoying long runs – it’s not about being a smaller size, but about feeling stronger and better about myself, and knowing that I put the time into it because I deserve to do something for myself! I do it now because I don’t want to fall into that run again.

    • Fran says

      oh I love that you said it’s not about being a smaller size. I think that a lot of people forget then when they are trying to lose weight and focus on the number on the scale. It took me a while but I’ve finally learned that that number doesn’t matter. I’m doing things I couldn’t do a year ago at the gym and I feel fantastic!

  4. says

    Lately the idea that people who used to love to run got that taken from them is all the excuse I need to get out there even when I am exhausted!

  5. Jessica says makes me want to EAT! ha

    Knowing that I feel better mentally always motivates me to workout!

  6. says

    My best friend and I send each other pictures of our after workout calories burned and what we did for our workiut. It truly gets my butt in gear. Plus I love how my body feels the rest of the day!!

  7. says

    Honestly when I really don’t feel like working out I go read a blog like PurelyTwins and I KNOW they’ll motvate me! If that doesn’t do the trick, I tell my boyfriend we should go for a run 😉 He kicks my butt in gear!

  8. Molly B says

    I am a sucker for quotes–there are at least five on post-its on my desk at all times. I love this one! It may have to be added to my desk today :)

  9. says

    Love that quote! I remember one time I was REALLY sore after the gym like it hurt to get in and out of the car and I thought “is this how it feels to be old? eek.”
    I actually just got back to the gym this morning after a while and it felt amazing. I think I needed the break I had…I just had too many other things on my plate so I just couldn’t get there. Things have slowed and I just naturally woke up and decided I wanted to go to the gym!
    I think having new songs on your iPod helps, definitely. Song recommendation for you: Fighter, the Glee version. OMG, this had me feeling fierce! “But I wanna say thank you, cause it makes me that much stronger, makes me work a little bit harder, makes me that much smarter, so thanks for makin’ me a fighter…”

  10. says

    Oh man, I am SO not motivated by “thinspiration” either. I think what motivates me most is seeing progress. This weekend I was the only adult able to rock the monkey bars! (My 9 year-old nephew did them with ease). Little things like that make me feel good about working out and getting stronger.

  11. says

    I agree, thinking of “being thin” as a goal doesn’t do it for me. A few things that do inspire me are to think about “being strong and living a long, healthy life”. That is my overall goal and motivation, but certain days I think to myself that one workout won’t completely derail that goal. On those days, I think about how I feel and how happy I am after a workout. The immediate gratification of those endorphins provides extra motivation on the days I just want to skip!

  12. Cassie says

    I don’t know who it was but I once read a blog post in which the writer said they got through workouts by repeating “I can do hard things” to herself. It’s funny but that quote got me through my last training run for my half marathon! I was amazed how well it worked!

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