We all want to stay on track when it comes to our exercise routine. But everyone has days where they don’t want to get out of bed and go for a run or hit the gym after long work hours. And you may be surprised to learn but even personal trainers and fitness instructors need motivation and encouragement, too. So, the next time you feel like skipping your workout, here are 7 ways to draw inspiration to get you excited to go back to the gym. 

Find a Workout Buddy 

Sometimes you need to have someone who holds you accountable when it comes to your workout routine. A workout buddy combines socializing with staying in shape. Make sure you choose the right partner and be a great motivator to them, too. 

Go Shopping 

Retail therapy positively affects your mood. So head to the mall and find new workout wear – including comfortable bottoms – and a supportive (and stylish) pair of sneakers. When you look good and you feel good, you’ll want to show off your positive energy. 

Try Meditation 

Block out time in the morning or at night (or both) and take it for yourself. Push away your stressors and try mindfulness meditation. It will improve your emotional and physical well-being. And you can do it while you exercise too. 

Take a New Class 

Doing the same exercises and taking the same classes each week can become monotonous. Find a class that you haven’t taken and sign up. A change in instructors and scenery can bring you renewed energy. You may even find a new class you love to add to your workout routine. 

Mix Up Your Music 

Need a mood booster? Pump up the jams! Make a list of your favorite high-energy songs and load them to your music player. Studies have shown that listening to music can make you happier ​and healthier. 

Plan Rest & Relaxation 

It’s OK to take a day to rest and relax after a strenuous week of working out. Some muscles need at least 48 hours to recover so it’s recommended that you schedule rest days in between high-intensity workouts. 

Set Realistic Goals 

If you set a goal that is too big and you don’t accomplish it, it could lead to disappointment, anger, and a wide range of other emotions. Start with baby steps and build from there. It’s best to realize what fitness goals are tangible and work toward them. 

Author Bio 

Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing for​ ​Yummie​.