I couldn’t really think of anything I would rather start this blog out with than how to find motivation to work out. This is something I used to struggle with a lot. Heck, I still struggle with it from time to time. Motivation is one of those funny little things. Some say you have to find it inside you. Others say you have to just do what you know will help you reach your goals regardless of how motivated you are. It’s all one and the same to me. Whether you get it done or not, the power that drives you to do so is key. Motivation. Desire. Passion. Necessity.
What drives you to get up and go? What makes you get in the gym or on the yoga mat?
I personally find it anywhere I can. Whether that’s seeing somebody else in the gym and wanting to be like them or myself feeling terrible about being lazy, or any number of other things. The real difference is never giving up.
How to Find Motivation to Work Out
So there have been several people I’ve looked up to when it comes to fitness and how to find motivation to work out. Typically I’ll follow them on Instagram as it’s easy to just scroll through for a few minutes and see some inspiring fitness-related stuff. Facebook works too, but for me I prefer Instagram.
If you want to follow my account check it out here: https://instagram.com/jbarkfit
So who do I follow? Here’s a few:
Dana Linn Bailey (@danalinnbailey)
She has got to be one of my most highly regarded fitness role models. DLB has quite the history in the fitness industry, including competing in both bodybuilding and power lifting. She and Rob have started their own supplement line and apparel company. (By the way if you weren’t aware, REL donates a portion of each sale to charity. How cool is that?!) I had the privilege of meeting Dana and Rob last year at a fitness expo and truly appreciate their inspiration to others. Oh, and by the way if you want 15% off at www.runeverythinglabs.com use coupon code “RESULTS”. I was recently accepted as an official REL Team Member, so feel free to use that discount!
Jeff Nippard (@jeffnippard)
Jeff has also competed in natural bodybuilding competitions and has a deep history in the fitness industry. I primarily follow him on his YouTube channel. Each week he posts amazing content that I just have to jump on and watch when it comes out. His content comes from a science based approach to fitness. If you get bored by that style, then maybe it’s not the channel for you, but it definitely grew on me and now I turn to it not only for motivation but for education as well.
Carriejune Anne Ace (@misscarriejune)
Carriejune is highly motivational. She has a clothing line called Mini Beast and is definitely one I turn to for how to find motivation to work out. She recently got married to Steve Ace who is also very much so into fitness and quite the inspiration. I recommend checking her out as well.
Those are just a few of the people I’ve found to check in on when I’m feeling the need for some fitness motivation.
Have you ever just felt so bad about where you’re at that it almost angers you and pushes you to act? You know, that feeling after eating a bunch of donuts or way too many In N Out burgers? You just want to go straight to the gym and burn it all off out of regret?
Okay so maybe it’s not quite like that, but you get the point. A desire to change one’s current stage can overpower any lack of drive present only moments before. I personally weigh myself every single day. Controversial? Maybe. Some say this is a bad idea. I personally use it as a way to show myself how dedicated I am and how I afraid I am of change. The scale goes up and the scale goes down. Change is good! It won’t always go one direction, so just don’t get down on yourself when it’s not what you want. Just use those feelings to get yourself out the door and working out.
Lastly, I just want to touch on one of my most passionate sources of motivation. Love. Cheesy? Nah. Love yourself. Love your body. Don’t change your lifestyle because you hate the way you look or you hate the way you feel. Change because you love feeling good, and you love looking good. Have you ever just looked in the mirror and thought “man I’m looking good today” or “check out those biceps”. No? Well imagine how it would feel if you did! I’m currently a higher body fat percentage than I would rather be. Does that mean I hate my body? Nope. It just means I remember where I was in July of 2014 when I was stronger, leaner, weighed less, etc. That’s what I fight for. What is it that you fight for?
I’d really like to hear what all of you think when it comes to how to find motivation when working out. Drop a comment below and converse a little. If you don’t feel like sharing just send me an email and we’ll talk. If you haven’t seen my YouTube channel I’d love for you to check it out (JBarkFit on YouTube). I hope I’ve inspired at least one person to live a little better today. Maybe next time you’ll just be the one providing motivation for someone else. Choose to be an inspiration, whether for yourself or for another. Thanks for stopping by!