10 Weird Ways To Make Yourself Work Out—Even When You Really Don’t Want To

Motivating myself to work out is hard. At the beginning of every week, I have such high hopes for my healthy agenda. Then, within a couple of days, reality sets in and life flattens my workout motivation like a pancake. Could be long work hours or New York City’s current heat wave that has everyone wilting—and opting for ice cream.Looking for inspiration, I asked everyone (everyone! I swear) about the ways they motivate themselves to exercise. Most of the answers made me want to bang my head against a wall—there was one large contingent of “I just do it,” iron-disciplined, Type A fitness lovers who were countered by an equally vehement team of the “I just don’t do it—can you help?” variety.It turns out, science may have a potential solution for those of us who struggle. A study recently published in Health Psychology found that people who used an exercise “trigger” were more likely to actually follow through with their workout plans. According to the study authors, that trigger could be as simple as seeing your gym bag parked expectantly next to the door, or it could be internal, like the time of day. (Struggling to get your workout in? Check out Fit in 10, the new workout program that only takes 10 minutes to do.)

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