10 Exercise Motivation Tips

Learn how to get motivated to exercise when you don’t feel like working out, and 10 tips to get you in a fitness mood.

Ben Greenfield
3-minute read
Episode #41

In the recent episode “Do Workout Songs and Music Make You Exercise Harder” you learned how to use the power of music to motivate yourself to exercise and make your workouts more productive. But motivating yourself to get fit goes above and beyond simply music! Here are 10 more exercise motivation tips.

  1. Try Caffeine. Beyond simply stimulating your central nervous system to release energy-bestowing adrenaline, caffeine can make working out seem less hard, which is also known as reducing your rating of perceived exertion. A cup of coffee 30-60 minutes before working out is one way to get your caffeine. Most popular weight loss supplements also include this motivational drug.

  2. Clip Pictures. If there’s a body or a look that you’re trying to achieve--like a better butt, a flat stomach, or more shapely calves--then look out for photos of that look in fitness magazines or books. By clipping these pictures and keeping them in a public place, like your refrigerator or bathroom mirror, or in a private place like a diary or photo gallery on your phone, you’ll have a constant reminder of why you’re exercising.

  3. Use Social Accountability.  If you go on your Facebook page or the Get-Fit Guy Facebook page, or start a blog or a Twitter account, you can tell others about both your exercise goals and your workout achievements. Social accountability, and the ability to brag to others, are both great ways to get externally motivated to exercise.

  4. Get a Workout Buddy. To keep you from sleeping through a workout, there’s nothing like knowing a friend is tapping their feet waiting for you to show up for a 6 am run. If you have trouble roping a friend into your fitness plans, check at your local gym for fitness groups or exercise clubs, like Masters swim classes, triathlon training groups, or circuit training groups. And if you really want a fitness-specific friend, check out the next tip.

  5. Consider a Personal Trainer. Though a friend can certainly motivate you to exercise, a personal trainer will push you, provide you with a plan, and get you workout results even faster. For help with finding a personal trainer, check out the Get-Fit Guy article “How to Choose A Personal Trainer.”


All content here is for informational purposes only. This content does not replace the professional judgment of your own health provider. Please consult a licensed health professional for all individual questions and issues.

About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.