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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.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar