How to Start Actually Enjoying Your Workouts

We all know working out is technically good for us, but that doesn't make it any less miserable when you just don't want to do it.

The good news is that there are a few easy ways to start actually enjoying your workouts! We're not saying you'll be falling in love with working out right away like some of those Instagram influencers try to claim, but trying these tips and tricks just might help you have a better time next time you lace up your sneakers and get set to sweat.

Find Something That Works for You

While some people prefer attending instructor-led workout classes, others (ourselves included) would rather hit the gym solo and tune out the world with a good pair of earbuds. If you dread walking into a gym, maybe you're more of an at-home workout person or would enjoy trying running outdoors. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources online that show you how to do different kinds of workouts either at the gym or at home, so you can give a few a try until you find one that works for you.

Try Enlisting a Friend

Nothing motivates you to work out better than having a friend to work out with. Whether you go on a run, attend a class (and laugh when one of you can't get the moves quite right) or just go to the gym together, having a go-to workout buddy helps keep you both on track and makes the whole experience more fun.

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Invest in Cute Workout Clothes

If nothing else inspires you to work out, a cute athleisure set certainly will! Once you find an outfit you love that makes you feel confident, you'll want any excuse to wear it—and in this case, that means getting in your workout. It's a simple way to trick your brain into enjoying exercise, not to mention these clothes are usually some of the comfiest options out there.

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Don't Force Yourself

If you're forcing yourself to go to the gym or do a workout you simply can't stand, this probably isn't a habit you're going to stick to. The same thing goes for if you're feeling sick, exhausted, or overwhelmed with other tasks, in which case getting in your workout may only make you feel more stressed rather than a way to relieve your stress.


Make It a Part of Your Routine

This might take some practice to figure out what time of day works best for you, but working out at the time each day you do it is an easy way to make it part of your routine. When fitness becomes a regular part of your routine, it can quickly become something you look forward to and that sets you on the right track for your whole week.

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Need an extra push in the right direction? Click HERE for our favorite inspirational quotes that just might motivate you to work out.