Goodful·Posted on Mar 24, 201529 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work OutProve your haters wrong, hoard your medals, and stop washing your hair. (Plus 26 other awesome tips to get off the couch and go.)by Sally TamarkinBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they stay motivated to exercise and how they make it through tough workouts. Check out the awesome tips they shared. 1. Wash your hair only on days you work out. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @thundercrackers Real life, I only allow myself to wash my hair after working out. So if I don’t for a couple days… I have to face the ridicule of my peers haha. Or my hair gets too tangled from all the baby powder. —danalil 2. Put on your workout clothes. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @a_keck When I can't be bothered I usually just go and put on my running stuff anyway. You feel like a dick pretty quickly if you change out of running stuff without actually going running. —Jemma Beedie, via Facebook 3. Write down how you feel after every workout. Benzcanon / Getty Images I write down how I feel after a workout every single time. So, when I am low on motivation to wake up and go for a run or a workout, I pull out the doc and read how great I felt after completing a five-miler. This really works for me because I get out of the bed knowing that at the end of the workout, I feel the same amazing feeling again! —Aishwarya Subramanian, via Facebook 4. Remember why you started. Lzf / Getty Images I remember all those times I tried clothes on and they didn't look good because of the extra weight, or the times I wanted to wear shorts and weren't brave enough. That always gets my ass moving — it's not about keeping the motivation, it's about remembering why you started in the first place, and asking if you really want to start all over again because you couldn't be bothered. —Rosamund Llewelyn, via Facebook 5. Ask yourself: "Will I regret skipping this workout?" View this photo on Instagram instagram.com I ask myself if I will regret in any way not working out. And once I'm there [I ask myself] if I'd regret, even in the smallest way, stopping when it gets hard. —Gillian Wenzel, via Facebook 6. Sign up for classes at boutique studios. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @abrunson7 Honestly, instead of joining a gym I just pay per exercise class at boutique fitness studios. It seems more expensive in the long run, but the only time I miss a class I sign up for is when I have zero choice since skipping has an actual dollar amount attached. Plus the class structure guarantees not only that I show up, but that I stick it out for the full 45 minutes. Nobody wants to be THAT person who walks out early or the person who's slacking. It may not be the most cost-effective, but it gets me to actually work out and that's what is most important to me! —Erica Taylor 7. Try group fitness. Mike Powell / Getty Images Group fitness classes keep me motivated. I look forward to seeing the other participants and instructor. The energy of the group keeps me going in the moments that I want to quit. I feel like I'm accountable to keep at it for the full time. You never want to be the person who quits and leaves early. I do so much more than I would if I were working out on my own. —Kathleen Vandevoorde, via Facebook 8. Get addicted to the post-exercise endorphin rush. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @sudearaujo My motivation is the knowledge that I will have an awesome endorphin rush afterward and run around, smiling like an idiot for a few hours. I am seriously addicted. —Kimberly Lewis, via Facebook 9. Pretend there's a crowd and it's going wild. 4774344sean / Getty Images Sometimes when a workout gets tough and I want to quit I imagine that I’m a professional athlete and that an audience is watching me expecting me to give it my all. It’s embarrassing but it does work to motivate me. —victoriac44c2348fc 10. Surround yourself with motivation. View this post on gityourfiton.tumblr.com / Via gityourfiton.tumblr.com I hang up motivational pictures on my mirrors, like Kendall Jenner or just good sayings. I also have my goal weight written everywhere — car mirror, refrigerator, calendar, etc. — so it’s a constant reminder to work toward that number. —Gabrielle Capasso 11. Give yourself micro-challenges. John Howard / Getty Images I enjoy challenging myself but only with little challenges. So if I’m three minutes away from a five-minute mark I’ll push myself to the five minutes. By then I’m only a short distance from a 0.5 or 1K marker so I’ll push myself to that. Then back to the next five-minute marker and so on. —libbyc430e1d350 12. And give yourself longer-term challenges too. Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed / Via buzzfeed.com In February, I challenged myself to do 200 miles of cardio (ski machine, elliptical, rowing machine, bike). I kept a log (old-school pen and paper) and logged in how much I did on what machine that day. When all was said and done, I averaged six days a week and ended up with 220 miles. There were several days that I wanted to skip, but did not due to the challenge. My pants are already feeling looser. —tabbycat31 13. Work out with people who will cheer you on. View this post on malefitspiration.tumblr.com Having people standing behind me, yelling and jumping up and down when I’m stuck at the bottom of a heavy squat is the best motivator. Because it hypes me up, but also because it means everybody else in the gym looks over to see what’s going on, and fear of failing with that big of an audience makes me at least 20% stronger. —Christine Byrne 14. Listen to audiobooks. Lzf / Getty Images I like listening to audiobooks to keep me motivated while running. So I have to work out the next day to see how the story turns out. —Amanda Cruz Myhrberg 15. Enjoy the healthy balance of delicious food and enjoyable exercise. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @buzzfeedfood Quite simply, I like to eat, so working out gives me balance. Plus it's great for fighting depression — a natural (and fun!) mood booster. —Erika Purtell 16. Do it for the pictures. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @amandastewart When I don’t want to go for a run, I pick a scenic route and tell myself that I can stop to take as many pictures as I want. I guess I do it for the Insta. —bridgetb4399ba894 17. Use the app Zombies, Run! View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @gobeast_ I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Zombies, Run! The best app EVER. Nothing will get your feet pounding the pavement harder than the sound of the undead breathing down your neck. And I have never 'shipped anything as hard as I 'ship Jack and Eugene. —Mary-Ruth Hooper 18. Make whatever you do to exercise your favorite thing. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via instagram.com I never need to motivate myself, because I found a sport that I love. I literally wait all day to get to the climbing gym, and my body is showing the benefits without extra effort. I even started doing abs (which I absolutely hate) because I want to get better at climbing! —Victoria Sowinski, via Facebook 19. Think about how you're sticking it to your doubters. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @beaumerrr I know this is childish, but my ex called me fat. So, here's to never seeing that ass again, and to my new better ass. —Mia Durano, via Facebook 20. Hang out with high-energy kids. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @jai_amaru_13 My kids motivate me to keep working out. I want to be able to have a lot of energy to keep up with them, and all of the activities they like to do. —Lucy Eaton, via Facebook 21. Compete with any/everyone. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @throwbackfit I secretly compete with whoever is exercising beside me, whether I know them or not. —amylouises 22. Do it for the post-race medal. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @wheelchairjitsu I’m a runner and nothing motivates me more than knowing that at the end of the race I am running that I will get a medal (yes, I’m a race bling whore). This has all worked for me during the last four years because I’ve dropped 70 pounds and kept it off. —kerrif445231ccb 23. Vow to never be last to cross the finish line. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @finishlinectpost I've never been the last one across the finish line, but I was once second-to-last. So, what works for me is, "Do you really want to be the last one across the finish line?" —La Re, via Facebook 24. Make it a friend meetup. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @tiffanyy84 Going with friends always keeps me motivated; whenever I'm meeting friends at the gym, I'm excited to hang out with them, rather than grumpy about getting off my couch. Honestly getting to the gym is a bigger obstacle than anything in my workout; once I'm there, I'm pumped to get started. —Helene Støvring, via Facebook 25. Trick yourself into going longer distances. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @david.tham I run outside and I'll do two miles before turning around, which forces me to run two more miles to get home. —Allison Scholl, via Facebook 26. Tell yourself: "I just have to warm up, then I can go home." View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @diamondcrossfit When I feel like I want to skip training, I tell myself I just have to go into the changing room and get into my gym kit, then I can go home. Nothing hard about that, it's not even exercise. Then, when I'm in my gym kit in the changing room, I feel a bit silly, so I tell myself I just have to do my warm-up routine. Then, when I'm warmed up, eh, I'm sure I could manage one set of overhead presses. Then, might as well do the other two sets. And hey, I used all that effort to get the barbell loaded, I might as well add more weight and do those three sets of front squats too. And then, well, there's only deadlifts left to do, might as well do them. Although I tell myself I could go home after this next set, I've never yet actually found myself going home until I've finished the whole thing. Stops it being so daunting, especially when I'm finding it particularly hard. —Sarah Barr, via Facebook 27. Track your successes. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @bkissesoflove I literally have a specific color highlighter that I use to mark the days I actually stay on track with diet and workout plus I have rewards for reaching my goals which change not just improving but also consistency. —James Chase, via Facebook 28. Think about how much stronger you're getting. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @couellet07 Growing stronger and more conditioned is my main motivation... Knowing that your body just did something it couldn't do a few weeks back is an amazing feeling. Also, abs. —Alejandra Prada, via Facebook 29. Listen to the voice inside that says, "I can do this!" View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Instagram: @mohamed_abdelghanysalah I choose to listen to the voice inside me that says, "I can do this! I want to do this!" I choose to ignore the voice that asks "Who do you think you are?" or says "You aren't a real runner, just give up!" I choose to just get out and go for that run, or that workout, and live with the benefit! That's what motivation means to me. —ThisFat GirlRuns, via Facebook Want to be featured in similar BuzzFeed posts? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter!