If you wake up in the morning and just can’t face the prospect of working out, Kotz says to make a deal with yourself.
“Say, ‘I’ll give myself seven minutes, get into my workout clothes … and if I’m really not enjoying my workout after seven minutes, I can stop,'” she says.
Of course, you’re tricking yourself — Kotz says that the feel-good endorphins that exercise produces kick in after about six minutes. So once you hit the seven-minute mark, you’ll probably want to keep going.
Some other tips Kotz suggests are:
Listen to your workout playlist before exercising. Kotz says you associate the songs with exercise and will get going.
Use exercise as an antidepressant. Research shows exercising three days a week, can help ward off depression and can help you tackle the seasonal blues head on.
Put it in the calendar. Treating it like an appointment can make it a priority.
Try something new. Break up your routine with a new exercise DVD, work out class or a trainer.
Work out with a friend. A fit friend can help motivate you to hit the gym and set goals.