What’s your go-to workout when motivation is lacking?

Camila Z.
I love either running or a barre class personally. Running can be easier since I tell myself that I just have to go around the block, after one lap I am usually ready to go further and go harder.
Kasper P.
20 seconds rule – I just start doing the workout or or the preparation steps for 20 seconds. It's much easier to continue after 20 seconds
William W.
Lately I have been doing a simple bedroom routine of push ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups in the morning. This works for me when motivation is lacking because I don’t have to go go anywhere or wear anything special.

Today I was not feeling well and did not really want to exercise. So I told myself I would just start my simple bedroom exercise routine of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups with the intention to stop if I started feeling more ill. Simply starting is good enough for today.

Surprisingly, I started feeling better as I exercised, and once I completed the first set, I felt motivated to keep going and completed the routine.

After exercising and then eating, I feel significantly better than I did this morning.

I hope this helps!

Tracy C.
25 push ups/5 pull-ups (or pull downs). maybe 20 crunches or sit-ups. it's just quick enough to not get in my way of time, but just intense enough to feel accomplished.
Gotthold U.
I’ll usually go on a short walk if I don’t feel like working out. However if the weather is bad or I don’t feel like walking either, I’ll blast some music and dance to it to help boost my mood for the day.
Guy U.
When I lack motivation for exercise, I do something that is not primarily exercise. Usually that's a walk around the neighborhood, but it can be a trip to the museum or a walk on the park.
Kylian P.
When motivation is lacking, I like to start small. Even a small walk or hike in the woods can lead to the motivation you’re searching for to complete a full-on whole-body workout.
Julie E.
My go-to when I don't have a lot of motivation is usually doing simple bodyweight exercises like crunches, squats, pushups, and planks interspersed with stretching and a few sun salutations. You don't need to wear anything special nor go anywhere and it doesn't have to take a long time.
Sharon U.
I try to think of something functional. Walking the dog, riding bike to work, or raking leaves helps me feel like my exercise is also accomplishing something I need to do anyway. I know we are supposed to prioritize exercise but my first excuse is, “I don’t have time.” If I’m multitasking, it’s not a waste of time.
Frederikke W.
Even when I'm not in the mood, or I'm feeling tempted to skip my workout, I always try to do at least something. There's been days when I just did 5 or 10 push-ups and some jumping jacks, stretched, and called it a day. I still have the satisfaction of knowing that I didn't just skip it for the day and I feel accomplished almost always.
Jochem F.
Squats! I do a number of squats equal to my age every day, and not only do they make me feel good, I can do them quick when I’m in the shower, and I don’t feel bad for not excercising!
Ana S W.
I tell myself that a short, simple walk is better than nothing. I listen to music at the same time. It’s easy, requires little effort, and the fresh air and upbeat music tend to make me feel better, so I usually go farther and work harder than I planned anyway.
Est Ban S.
I really struggle with motivation, if I'm not really feeling it then sometimes I do a Sun Salutation yoga routine. It only takes 10-15 minutes and it's difficult enough to break a sweat, but easy enough that it's not too difficult when you're tired. 7-minute workouts are great too, but they can be quite intense if you're not used to it.
Ana Lle C.
If I can get to the gym I will stay there longer than intended, so if I can get there with the intention of only doing 30mins chances are that I will do the full hour or so.
If leaving the flat is too hard I will look up a yoga routine on YouTube.
Gunnar X.
My usual workout is a run and sometimes i try to put in a strength workout at home.. when my motivation is low, i at least try to go for a walk or do a short core workout to get me out of the low mood
Lia S.
If motivation is lacking, try not to do something to intense because thats just gonna make you hate it. Try something less extreme and put on some of your favorite music and tell yourself what youre doing is good. Trust em it helps a lot
Angel P.
Putting on my favorite music and dancing any way my body feels like it is a powerful way to get moving again when I don’t want to. It ends up nourishing my spirit as well as getting me exercising again. It helps to put on a mix of songs especially in terms of tempo.
Ella T.
Ha ha. I’m still trying to get my motivation back. Fell off the wagon several months ago and I really want to exercise but just can’t find the oomph…
Savannah U.
Any 7-minute workout or quick yoga flow. I still feel accomplished but the time makes it feel possible on almost any day.
Teodemiro Z.
Combine something you don’t want to do with something that you enjoy- I do yoga with relaxing music or walk while listening to a motivational podcast or with a friend
Manon Y.
I do a lot of a yoga. If I'm not motivated I will start with a simple breathing exercise, simply allowing myself to exchange energy with world around me. Depending on how I feel after that, I will try a few moves, focusing deeply on my breath and my posture, not necessarily on how much exercise I'm doing. The point is to do anything rather than nothing and I find yoga is a good way get myself moving without pushing myself.
Clifford Q.
I think on all the benefits that my routines are giving me. No matter if in the present moment I can’t see all of them, but I know it’s the good way in order to mantain my clearness and inner calm.
Tilde Z.
I have cross country practice and soccer every day of the week. So, because of my schedule, I am a big fan of cardio and work it into my day multiple times. However, when i’m not doing cardio, i’ll usually do ab workouts.
Gilbert J.
Walking is always my go-to. I find that it’s a great excuse to enjoy the weather, get outside time, have good conversations with my partner. And I don’t have to feel guilty for missing a workout.
Eve N.
Usually I'll just try to lift up barbells. Because there's not many movement. It won't get you really sweaty but enough to pump up your day
Stanley F.
My go-to workout is stretching and yoga. It is relaxing and doesn't have to be too hardcore. You still get a workout in and accomplish something which makes it easier to keep going.
Raul E.
Go window shopping! Pick an area in your town you’ve never had the chance to explore and go to your favorite mall and look around. This will not only help you get your steps in but also think of new clothes, decorations, accessories, etc, to reward yourself with.
Brittany T.
Putting on a great TV show and starting lunges then planks then sit ups. It gets it all done and I’m enjoying listening/watching my favorite show.
Alizee Q.
Just knowing how good I feel afterwards, imagining my heart and lungs getting stronger, the elation of feeling my muscles working, the cool air through my hair… just gets me going! HTH
Francisco O.
Walking for an hour in the beginning, but now if I’m not feeling up to it I pick the hardest thing to do and do that. Usually 40 minutes or weight training followed by 1 1/2 hour kick boxing class. You need to understand that motivation is a lie. Determination is key. Good luck.
Johanne W.
Daily Stretching, if I feel like I don't have the energy I stretch and at least that gets my body moving and the blood flowing
Policarpo P.
This might not be the answer you are looking for, but you just have to make yourself do it. Even on days that you are lacking in motivation. I can guarantee that you will feel better afterwards. The trick to experiencing fewer of those days is finding something that you enjoy doing. If it's lifting weights, running on a treadmill while watching TV, or getting outside and jogging or hiking, if you enjoy it you will be more apt to do it.
Frederik C.
I can do it. I'm 1/3 of the business. I'm important, I'm essential. If I don't do that, nobody will. It's my duty and it's my duty for myself, for my growth.
Caitlin E.
When I feel like workout is heavier than everything in the planet, I turn to myself and say that you are a mass of meat and bones without your decisions and add that there are millions of people going to workout, are you weaker than the other millions of people?
Teresa P.
I love lifting! It is hard work but I know it will be worth it. I also love the pain that comes the next day after a great workout so that is a big part of my motivation. I also love to run. This is something that you can do for free but it doesn't have to be a run or even a jog. A nice walk can do wonders for you. I hope this helps. Have a great day!