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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.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
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Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.