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Published Wednesday Jan 22, 2020 by Lydia Cardona

5 Ways to Find Motivation When You Just Don’t Want to Work Out

Expert Advice
Fitness
Recovery
Motivation

According to research¹ from the MINDBODY team, over half (55%) of those who exercise frequently say they are least motivated to exercise during autumn or winter.

Leading UK Sports Performance Mind Coach Nick Davies explains: 
"Winter is that time of year where temperatures get a lot colder and we get a lot less sunshine. This can lead to low mood in some people and a desire to curl up in the warmth of our own homes, meaning the likelihood of going to the gym is a lot less than in warmer months.”

But don’t worry! We’re here to share five simple tips to help beat the seasonal slump and stay on track with your fitness and wellness goals. 

The perfect playlist.

Whether you’re struggling to find the motivation to hit the gym, or you’re in need of a little energy boost mid-cardio, the right music could be the missing ingredient in your workout.

Professor Andy Lane, Sports Psychologist at The University of Wolverhampton, explains:

“Music is excellent for motivation and can definitely help with endurance during exercise. Listening to music can enhance your mood and help divert your attention away from feeling tired or bored which can often arise through the repetitiveness of certain exercises.”

With help from our favourite studios, we created a playlist of songs to increase your motivation during a workout: 

  • Pinnacles – Four Tet
  • Freaks – Timmy Trumpet
  • Run boy Run – Woodkid
  • Rapture – Nadia Ali
  • Losing It – Fisher
  • Differentology – Bunji Garlin
  • Higher Ground – TNGHT
  • Chameleon – Pnau
  • Play – Jax Jones
  • Old Friend – Elderbrook
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The perfect playlist.

Whether you’re struggling to find the motivation to hit the gym, or you’re in need of a little energy boost mid-cardio, the right music could be the missing ingredient in your workout.

Professor Andy Lane, Sports Psychologist at The University of Wolverhampton, explains:

“Music is excellent for motivation and can definitely help with endurance during exercise. Listening to music can enhance your mood and help divert your attention away from feeling tired or bored which can often arise through the repetitiveness of certain exercises.”

With help from our favourite studios, we created a playlist of songs to increase your motivation during a workout: 

  • Pinnacles – Four Tet
  • Freaks – Timmy Trumpet
  • Run boy Run – Woodkid
  • Rapture – Nadia Ali
  • Losing It – Fisher
  • Differentology – Bunji Garlin
  • Higher Ground – TNGHT
  • Chameleon – Pnau
  • Play – Jax Jones
  • Old Friend – Elderbrook
Workout with a friend.

Having someone alongside you during a tough workout can go a long way when it comes to motivation. In fact, over a third (34%)² of gym-goers believe having a partner to workout with increases their motivation and makes them work harder. One in four (24%) even said it improves the effectiveness of their workout. 

Besides the hard work, having a workout buddy also holds you accountable for showing up in the first place. You can’t cancel last minute when someone else is relying on you to be there! 

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Workout with a friend.

Having someone alongside you during a tough workout can go a long way when it comes to motivation. In fact, over a third (34%)² of gym-goers believe having a partner to workout with increases their motivation and makes them work harder. One in four (24%) even said it improves the effectiveness of their workout. 

Besides the hard work, having a workout buddy also holds you accountable for showing up in the first place. You can’t cancel last minute when someone else is relying on you to be there! 

Tune your alarm.

On the list of worst sounds in the world, your early morning alarm is probably close to the top. But, what if it could actually make you excited for the day ahead? 

Change your annoying, painful default alarm to something you love. Maybe it’s your favourite song, or music that makes you feel energised. Rather than wanting to smash your phone, you'll wake up with a spring in your step, ready to fit in that early morning workout!

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Tune your alarm.

On the list of worst sounds in the world, your early morning alarm is probably close to the top. But, what if it could actually make you excited for the day ahead? 

Change your annoying, painful default alarm to something you love. Maybe it’s your favourite song, or music that makes you feel energised. Rather than wanting to smash your phone, you'll wake up with a spring in your step, ready to fit in that early morning workout!

Try a new class.

Pilates, barre, HIIT, bootcamp, cycling—whatever your favourite workout may be, there’s a class for it on the MINDBODY app.

Not only do most classes take place indoors (so you’ll stay nice and warm), but they’re also great for your motivation and endurance. You’ll be working out with other people, so you can make friends and stay focused. Plus, you’ll be encouraged by a passionate instructor who will guide you through the routine and make sure you’re always hitting your personal best.

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Try a new class.

Pilates, barre, HIIT, bootcamp, cycling—whatever your favourite workout may be, there’s a class for it on the MINDBODY app.

Not only do most classes take place indoors (so you’ll stay nice and warm), but they’re also great for your motivation and endurance. You’ll be working out with other people, so you can make friends and stay focused. Plus, you’ll be encouraged by a passionate instructor who will guide you through the routine and make sure you’re always hitting your personal best.

Recover.

Sometimes, when you’re really struggling to find the motivation to work out, you shouldn’t. If you’re feeling overly fatigued, focus your attention on rest and recovery to prevent injury, minimize soreness, and reduce stress.

Now, this doesn't mean you stay at home doing nothing. Find a recovery method that works for you! According to MINDBODY, the wellness treatments growing in popularity this year are: 

  1. Cryotherapy
  2. Water therapy
  3. Sports massage
  4. Recovery through nutrition
  5. Restorative/Yin yoga


“Everyone struggles with their motivation at this time of year, and although it can be difficult, it’s important to remember why you’re on the health/fitness journey, and the goals you want to achieve,” says Richard Martinson, MINDBODY Associate Wellness Specialist. 

“If you miss a workout, don’t worry. You’re only human! However, take these motivational tips into consideration and start again the following day.” 
 

 

 

Sources:
1) Survey of 2,000 UK adults and analysis of 70,000 businesses for MINDBODY 2018 Insights Report 
2) Songs in the playlist selected by the following MINDBODY studios:
 
- Form Studios
- Level Six
- Grow Fitness
- Oncore London
- SW3AT
- BURNR
- CYC:D
3) Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by TLF in July 2018
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Recover.

Sometimes, when you’re really struggling to find the motivation to work out, you shouldn’t. If you’re feeling overly fatigued, focus your attention on rest and recovery to prevent injury, minimize soreness, and reduce stress.

Now, this doesn't mean you stay at home doing nothing. Find a recovery method that works for you! According to MINDBODY, the wellness treatments growing in popularity this year are: 

  1. Cryotherapy
  2. Water therapy
  3. Sports massage
  4. Recovery through nutrition
  5. Restorative/Yin yoga


“Everyone struggles with their motivation at this time of year, and although it can be difficult, it’s important to remember why you’re on the health/fitness journey, and the goals you want to achieve,” says Richard Martinson, MINDBODY Associate Wellness Specialist. 

“If you miss a workout, don’t worry. You’re only human! However, take these motivational tips into consideration and start again the following day.” 
 

 

 

Sources:
1) Survey of 2,000 UK adults and analysis of 70,000 businesses for MINDBODY 2018 Insights Report 
2) Songs in the playlist selected by the following MINDBODY studios:
 
- Form Studios
- Level Six
- Grow Fitness
- Oncore London
- SW3AT
- BURNR
- CYC:D
3) Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by TLF in July 2018
Lydia Cardona
Written by
Lydia Cardona
PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
About the author
A self-confessed exercise and sports junkie, Lydia made the transition from fashion to wellness, handling media relations in the U.K. In her spare time, you'll most likely find her hitting up a MINDBODY studio, shopping for houseplants, or walking the family Pomchi.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.