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Fitness Tips For The Slightly Less Motivated

I have never leapt out of bed in the morning looking forward to a workout. I have never sprung into the gym doors grinning ear to ear ready to ride a stationary bike ten miles. What I have done is spent my entire life looking, not necessarily for the "easy way out" but for the more resourceful way IN.

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You Wanna Get in Shape but Damn, It's HARD

I think it's safe to assume that everyone reading this knows (or has come across) someone who obsesses over working out. Do you ever watch them strut into the gym and envy their strong and deep-seeded desire to lift exceptionally heavy things and run for miles of end? Yeah, me neither...

Now, if you are one of those people, I do genuinely applaud you. I do whole-heartedly respect individuals with drive and passion like that. Those of us who are not in tip top shape may just be a tad jaundiced that we don't have the time or energy or innate desire that you possess. Some of us just know we need a little exercise to stay healthy, some of us are trying to get to that gym-rat status, and some of us just need a little extra help getting motivated.

I'm learning to like my gym visits more and more, but I've spent months crafting my workouts to fit my personality (which I suppose could be described as selectively enthusiastic). I have never leapt out of bed in the morning looking forward to a workout. I have never sprung into the gym doors grinning ear to ear ready to ride a stationary bike ten miles. What I have done is spent my entire life looking, not necessarily for the "easy way out" but for the more resourceful way IN. You know those click-bait articles that boast "Try these hacks to finish cleaning in half the time!" or "Ten simple hacks that will change your life!" -- yeah, I live for those.

So, with that lovely, lengthy intro, here are your lazy-person approved fitness tips! Props to you if you got this far and didn't just scroll down to the beginning of the list! ;)

1. Get Yourself a Workout Buddy

Even if you prefer to actually exercise by yourself, finding someone who will keep you accountable for just getting to the gym is a step in the right direction! Better yet, find someone else who has read this list and is ready to get their butts in gear. You could meet your new best friend this way. Maybe even your soul mate. You never know.

It's a lot easier to hold yourself accountable if you feel like someone else is relying on you. It's also nice to be able to share your successes with someone who can really appreciate the hard work you're putting in. If you're the competitive type, a little friendly competition might be what you need to really push yourself.

Additionally, maybe you go with someone who works out in a completely different way than you and you can each try a few new things. Never been to yoga? Maybe it's time to give it a shot! Have a friend who's been begging you to come to a BodyPump class? Nows your chance to try it out! You might surprise yourself and find a new style of fitness that you really enjoy.

2. Make a Solid Workout Playlist

I don't see many people working out these days without headphones on. If working out with music helps keep up your tempo, pumps you up, and helps you through a sweat session, then bring on the tunes! I particularly like a good playlist during cardio workouts, like running, cycling, rowing, etc.

What I've found helps me the most is making a playlist that is the length of the workout I'm planning to do. Sometimes I find myself on the treadmill watching as the time ticks by or feeling defeated when I feel like I've been running forever and it says I haven't even each my first mile! If your planning to run or jog for thirty minutes, find ten great upbeat songs that you can't help but nod along to and by the time that tenth song has played through, you should be done with your workout!

If you're a Spotify fan, they have hundreds of workout playlists tailored to each style of music - there's a rock and roll workout playlist, there's running playlists, even some country workout playlists for you honky-tonk lovers! (If you're using Spotify for the first time, find the "browse" icon at the bottom of the screen, scrolls down to "genres & moods", and scroll until you find "Running" or "Workout")

3. Catch Up On Your Favorite Shows & Movies

Cardio is hardio. We all know it. I've started using my cardio time (when I'm in the gym and not attempting to run outside) to catch up on my favorite TV shows. This one does require a smartphone or a tablet with Netflix/Hulu/On Demand or downloaded content. If I know I want to use the elliptical or stationary bike for 30 minutes, I'll throw on an episode of Black-ish or Modern Family and the time passes a lot quicker.

For an extra boost of motivation, ONLY watch your favorite show when you're working out. Netflix just added the new season of Orange is the New Black? Better get to the treadmill!

You don't have to go to the gym or have a membership for this one, either! You can find a bodyweight exercise circuit that fits your needs (legs, abs, arms, etc) and workout in the privacy of your living room while streaming your favorite show!

Want More Tips?

Find the rest of this list and more great fitness and workout content on the SpreadMoreHappiness Blog!

As always, thank you for reading, and try to spread some happiness today!

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