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Glad I’m not the only one. Here are some hacks that I use through it and of course for me to actually do it.

My exercise and motivation hacks!

Finding the motivation to workout is rather difficult also.


Put your shoes where it'll remind you to exercise

The hardest thing for me is waking up, getting up and actually doing things (seriously, coffee is the BEST). So what I do is I put my tennis shoes by the sink. I know this sounds bonkers, but it reminds me that working out is the next part of the day. 

See, after I finish my coffee I put my cup in the sink and lo and behold there are my tennis shoes reminding me that I need to go work out now. 

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Put your Fitbit in your pocket

Many of you know this, but your Fitbit won’t count your steps if your pushing a cart or holding on bars when walking on a treadmill like what I do. 

If you put your fitness tracker in your pocket (my exercise shorts don’t have pockets so I usually hang it on the waistband of me shorts) it will sense movement and therefore count your steps. 

Use the reminders to drink water

Drinking water is so important. Drink water all day err’day- not just when exercising. That being said, if your Fitbit or fitness tracker vibrates to remind you to get up and move, also use that reminder to take a big gulp of water. 

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Listen to podcasts

There are tons of great workout playlists out there, (I also made one-check it out here) but I get tired of music so I listen to podcasts. These are my favorites. 

Listen to a great audiobook

Sometimes I’ll purposefully stop listening to a great audiobook at a cliffhanger so I’ll look forward to finishing it when I go workout. I make myself think that in order to find out what happened I’ll have to work out. Simple, but effective. 

Drink water and stretch

It’s not a scientific fact or maybe it is, but I find that drinking a ton of water (before, during and after a workout) and stretching (before and after a workout) helps me not feel sore after a strenuous exercise session. 

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Place your alarm clock across the room from your bed

Another hack that seems to be well known-but it works well. Putting your alarm clock across the room, far from your bed prompts you to get out of bed and stay awake (because who doesn’t fall back asleep after turning off your alarm?)

What exercise and motivation hacks do you use?


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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • Love listening to podcasts when I’m doing something I don’t want to do lol. The Gary Vee and The Skinny Confidential podcasts are 2 of my all-time faves and I just discovered the podcast, Lore! It’s all like scary stories which is super fun.

    • Lore and MFM make me run faster lol! It’s like I’m running away from the scariness haha.

  • Love the idea of putting reminders in your fitbit or phone to drink water – something I totally need to do!

    • Remembering to remember is always the hardest- but after I got used to it it was so easy!

  • Shelby Stover

    Exercise for me is just second nature but these are good hacks! Also, pack your bag the night before and try out a new exercise or class you think looks fun!

    • Yay that it’s second nature to you! I don’t know why I haven’t packed my gym bag the night before-so much easier!

  • Yay thanks for the tips ans for reminding me to always drink more water! I’ll be sure to put these ro practice, they seem easy and so doable.

  • Super Millennial

    Podcasts help tons! I love listening to motivational videos and podcasts when I’m doing cardio!

  • I had no idea about the fitbit not counting steps when you are holding things! I like to watch movies and tv shows if I’m walking on the treadmill.

    • I found out last year when my cousin shook her fitbit to get her last 100 steps haha!

  • GOod gracious I def need this motivation! Thanks!

    • Haha my body gets used to motivation hacks quite easily so I need more also!

  • Yes yes yes! I listen to podcasts when I run & it is my self-care, me time xx

  • I love listening to podcasts when working out haha. It def helps keep me motivated.

  • I could neverrrr listen to podcasts when working out! I have no idea how people do it! I love podcasts, but I just can’t focus or get in the groove with my workout if I’m listening to them!

    • I love listening to them while running, it distracts me from the task haha.

  • Patricia Conte

    Great suggestions that I really need! I signed up for an app and didn’t realize it had a “drink water” reminder on it. I love it – so helpful!

    • I used to have an app all about drinking more water!

  • These are such great tips! I couldn’t listen to podcasts at the gym, so I definitely suggest some upbeat music!

    • Yes! motivational songs are my go to!

  • Anna Hubbard

    These are all great tips! I love listening to podcasts at the gym!

  • I need all the motivation to exercise, so these are some great tips!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Shannon Paige

    The shoe one and the one about the alarm across the room are GREAT! For me it also helps that I have to call ahead and sign up for spin class the day before- then I feel obligated to go. *thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com

  • Macarena Ferreira

    Lol my boyfriend puts his alarm across the room! I neeed my snooze time lol.

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

    • Haha sometimes I set the alarm on my phone to allow me some extra time when I push snooze.

  • The reminders portion for drinking water is a smart idea!!

  • I literally always forget my fitbit! I wear it for like a day and then take it off. These are amazing tips!

    • I wore the bracelet for like a week thinking my fitbit was in there-it wasn’t haha.

  • My favorite thing is to pack my gym bag the night before! Down to my towel and headphones. It’s so easy to just grab and go and leaves me no room for excuses! I should start listening to more podcasts. I definitely don’t do that enough and it would be a good way to spark more inspiration during workouts.

    Beauty and the Bench Press

  • Elly

    forever looking for new podcasts to listen to! x