13 Ways to Trick Yourself into Working Out

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Getting yourself to the gym when you’re feeling lazy is like easing yourself into ice-cold pool water on a summer day —  it’s uncomfortable at first, but once you’re in there, you’re pretty satisfied with your commitment.

Working out is something you need to survive, but tell that to your inner couch potato mentality. Voluntary sweating requires self-discipline and motivation, and those aren’t exactly your strongest qualities. If you struggle with finding fitness motivation, it may be time to take a different approach to working out, like literally tricking yourself into it.

Here are 13 ways to trick yourself into working out, even when you aren’t craving that post-workout adrenaline rush:

1.Put on your workout clothes

As long as you aren’t on your way into the office, putting on your workout clothes with the intentions of hitting the gym later on is bound to improve your attendance rate. You’ll feel like a cop-out pretty quickly if you change out of your running clothes without actually going running.

2. Remember why you started.

Remember all those times when you tired on clothes that didn’t quite fit because of that stubborn fat of yours getting in the way? Or the time it was too hot for pants, but you weren’t brave enough to show-off your legs in a pair of shorts? Let these memories haunt your mind and guilt trip your way to the gym. I

3.Wash your hair only on days you workout.

Shampoo is for winners only!

If you wash you hair nearly everyday, this trick is perfect for you. Can’t muster up any motivation to go for a run? If you don’t find some enthusiasm soon, you’ll instantly become the laughing stock of your peers oncethey lay eyes on your greasy, tangled web of hair.

4. Write down how to feel after every workout

Chances are, once you’re done letting off steam you’ll feel pretty darn amazing. Remind yourself of that by looking back at your fitness journal when you have one of those, “I don’t think I have it in me today” moments.

5. Ask yourself: “Will I regret skipping this workout.”

You’ll probably answers yourself with a “No,” but we both know the answer is “Yes.” Skipping workouts is a snowball effect, so skipping one workout is like committing to a downhill spiral of increasingly unwanted fat.

6. Sign-up for fitness classes

Which, depending on how you look at it, is like taking the cheap route as opposed to hiring a personal trainer. The class guarantees that not only will you show up, but that you’ll stick it out for the full 45 minutes or so. Nobody wants to be that person who walks our early because they cant take the heat.

7. Try group fitness

Working out can often be easier done in a group, kind-of like studying. It’s easier to stay motivated when there are others around you who share a common goal, and eventually, you’ll start to look forward to seeing the other participants and the instructor from week to week.

8. Surround yourself with motivation.

Seeing is believing, right? Get your hands on a few photos of skinny supermodels, inspirational quotes in sticky-note form, or anything else that’ll keep you working toward you goal.

9. Find People Who’ll cheer you on.

Having people standing behind you, or yelling and jumping up and down when you’re stuck at the bottom of a heavy squat is the best motivator. Because it hypes you up, but also because it means everybody else in the gym looks over to see what’s going on, and the fear of looking silly in front of a gym audience is bound to make you at least 25% stronger.

10. Download Zombies Run.

With over 200 missions, you’ll never run out of motivation.

It seems a bit unorthodox at first, but nothing will get your feet pounding the pavement harder than the sound of the undead breathing down your neck.

11. Find a fitness activity that you actually enjoy.

Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing — they’re all a bit more exciting than the typical run/jog/weightlift combination you normally crank out at the gym. Finding an exercise you enjoy will keep you from pulling out your hair every time someone mentions the word “workout”.

12. Compete with any and everyone.

See that stranger on the treadmill next to yours? He’s trying to our-run you!

Well, not really, but keep that mentality. If you secretly compete with whomever is beside you, there’s no way you’ll call it quits before the whistle blows.

13. Make it a friend thing.

Everything is easier with friends, right? Getting to the gym is probably harder than anything you’ve included in your daily workout, and facing that obstacle with a friend will make life a whole lot easier. So call up those people you drink with on the weekends and see if they’d like to sweat with you on the weekdays.