How to Get Motivated to Work Out | Mark’s Daily Apple
When you look around at why so many people are out of shape and unhealthy these days, it’s not because they don’t know the importance of physical fitness. The problem is they have no motivation to work out.
It’s actually getting into the gym and doing the workout. The most important part of the workout question is being motivated to actually work out.
You can have all the knowledge in the world, access to all the best equipment, take all the supplements and protein powder, but if you can’t actually motivate yourself to work out, it will all be for nothing.
We aren’t meant to go through life alone. Everything physical in life, with few exceptions, works better and is more enjoyable with other people involved.
Get a workout buddy.
The gym isn’t just about the equipment, although that helps. It’s full of people who are there to train. The collective energy is all directed toward the pursuit of physical excellence.
Join a gym.
When the body wants you to do something, it uses dopamine to motivate you. It also makes the workout more enjoyable by reducing fatigue and perceived difficulty.
Drink coffee 30 minutes before you want to workout.
When your body produces dopamine, it does so with the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine converts to L-DOPA which converts to dopamine.
Supplement with L-tyrosine.
Find your place.
You need to find your perfect spot, that physical space that triggers something inside you and makes you want to move, lift, run, and train. If you haven’t found it yet, start looking.
Get in the door and the rest will take care of itself.
Just get in the door.
A big issue with most people trying to find the motivation to work out is that they need motivation in the first place. If you’re wired like I am, competition is a great way to motivate you to get into the gym.
Look in the mirror.
Don’t suck anything in, don’t flex, don’t try to look your best. Sometimes you just need to feel the pain and shame of having let yourself go before you do something about it.