We all have those days when we want to work out—deep down, we really and truly do—but we just can’t muster the motivation to put on exercise clothes and get started. How do you move past that feeling? For many people, the key is focusing on the wise words of Peloton instructors. That’s why we asked the Peloton community to reveal what their favorite instructors have said during class that really made an impact on their decision to work out—especially on the days they would rather hit snooze and stay in bed.
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Even when you think you’ve got a workout regimen you love and that works for your schedule, there are going to be days when you’re just not feeling it. But we can help. Here are a variety of ways to bring excitement and motivation to your workout routine so you can crush your fitness goals.
1. Find a Motivating Instructor
Sometimes all it takes is finding the right instructor to help you reignite your passion for exercise. Look for someone who is upbeat, positive, and genuinely passionate about fitness. You can try out different classes and instructors until you find one who resonates with you. The energy, positivity, and enthusiasm of a great instructor can be infectious and change your whole day. And, of course, it can help you find the motivation needed to stick with your workouts and fitness game plan.
2. Compete with Yourself
Setting goals and tracking your progress is a great way to stay motivated and inspired. Rather than comparing yourself to others, focus on competing with yourself. Set achievable goals and track your progress. Celebrate every success, no matter how small, and use each one as motivation to keep pushing yourself even further.
3. Find a Mantra
A powerful affirmation or mantra can help you stay focused and motivated. Choose a phrase or word that resonates with you on a personal level. Repeat it to yourself whenever you need a little extra motivation. It could be something like "I am strong" or "I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to." Use the refrain as a tool to push yourself forward, especially when the going gets tough.
4. Pick a Workout Buddy
Having a workout buddy is a great way to stay motivated. There’s nothing like knowing someone’s counting on you being there to keep you accountable. So how do you find a workout buddy? Look for someone who shares your fitness goals and interests and who is committed to working out on a regular basis. If you’re not working out together in person, you can always go for a run or cycle together virtually. Having someone you can share your trials and tribulations with will help keep you both focused on doing your very best and holding each other accountable when one of you is feeling less motivated.
5. Celebrate Your Wins
It's important to celebrate your successes. This provides a dopamine hit in your brain, which has repercussions throughout your body. One fun way to do this: Set up a reward system where you treat yourself to something special whenever you hit a fitness milestone, no matter the size. The reward could be a massage, a new workout outfit, or a night out with friends. The important thing is to regularly engage in that reward behavior so that it keeps you coming back for more.
6. Know Your Why
Everyone has a reason that drives them to do the things they do. By understanding your reasons for working out, it can help you remain committed to your fitness goals. Don’t think you have a why? Oh, but you do. To find out what it is, ask yourself why you started working out in the first place and what you hoped to achieve. Keep your reasons in mind, especially when you're feeling less motivated. Your own personal rationale and reasoning can serve as inspiration to keep you moving forward.
Inspirational Motivational Quotes
If you’ve ever gotten stuck in a rut, or seemed unable to garner the motivation to do a single healthy thing, you know how important it is to be inspired and motivated. Sometimes, all it takes is a single word or phrase to spark inspiration and reignite your passion for working out. It could be something simple or profound—but when it hits, it resonates on a deeply personal level.
What follows are words that have impacted others who were struggling to overcome a fitness plateau or just feeling a bit demotivated. We hope that well-timed words of encouragement or inspiration will help you regain your momentum, achieve the results you want, and feel great about yourself in the process.
“I love how Jess Sims starts most workouts with, ‘The hardest part is over. You showed up.’ When I’m not feeling as motivated, I commit to 20 minutes, whether it’s a walk, ride, strength or yoga class, I always feel stronger and less stressed afterwards.” —Liz L.
“In an Arms & Light Weights class I took with Jess King, she talked a lot about being strong. She said, ‘I’m a big fan of being strong, not skinny.’ I think about that a lot. For days when I’m completely unmotivated, I try to log on and at least do a 10-minute stretch or meditation—something that is good for my body.” —Karen C.
Stay in the Moment
“Emma Lovewell said during a ride: ‘You can’t see the future anyway, so you might as well be here now.’ That resonated because being present is something I’ve been working on long term.” —Jennifer M.
Two for One
“Denis Morton is famous for ‘I make suggestions, you make decisions.’ I even use that a lot to coach my team at work when discussing how to go about projects. I don't need them to do everything my way, but I'm happy to offer advice. As long as we come to the right analysis at the end.” —Stacie A.
Yes, It IS That Easy
“What gets me on the Peloton Bike every time is thinking about Tunde saying, ‘The hardest part is clipping in.’ Once you decide to get off your butt and just clip in, the rest is ‘easy.’ I also love her quote, ‘The pain you feel today will show itself as strength tomorrow!’” —Kerri A.
You Are #Blessed
“Alex Toussaint often starts his rides with ‘You woke up today.’ I try to remember that life itself is a blessing and ‘Don’t waste your blessing!’ when I don’t want to ride. I think of all the people that struggle just to walk and would give anything to be able to ride or run.” —Cori V.
“Hannah Corbin says, ‘Treat your body like someone you love.’ It reminded me that I don’t always have to like my body. But just like family, however, I do love them unconditionally. That’s how I must approach the relationship with my body. Regardless of everything, I’m thankful and happy for all it gives me.” —Jessica M.
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