You meant well at bedtime. You registered online for spin class, set out your gym clothes, shared your intentions with your significant other and drifted off to sleep with visions of strong, sculpted legs and glutes dancing in your head.
But that was eight hours ago.
Now, jolted into reality by the very loud, very rude alarm, that early-morning workout isn't quite so appealing. On the contrary, it seems like cruel and unusual punishment. And you'd be willing to trade pretty much anything—money, chocolate, even a couple of the pounds you've already lost—to sink back into the dream you were just enjoying.
But wait! Before turning off the alarm and nestling back under the covers, borrow one (or more) of these quick-but-effective motivators to make sure your sleepy 6 a.m. brain won't do something you'll spend all day regretting. And if you’re worried you won't be able to remember any of these mantras in the morning, write your favorite ones down right next to your bed where you will see them first thing.
What mantras do you use to get motivated and get moving?
- "I am stronger than my strongest excuse."
- "I'll never regret waking up, but I'll definitely regret going back to sleep."
- "There will be a day when I can no longer do this. Today is not that day."
- "I did not wake up today to be mediocre."
- "Better sore than sorry."
- "If not now, when?"
- "This is my fresh start."
- "I'm just one workout away from a good mood."
- "Get it over with! I'll feel better if I do it now."
- "Three months from now, I'll thank myself."
- "If nothing changes, nothing changes."
- "I will do something important and meaningful this morning."
- "Do it for those who can't."
- "It's a new day and a new beginning. It's up to me how it starts."
- "Today, I will love myself enough to exercise."
- "Nothing lifts my mood like a good workout."
- "I'm grateful for the ability to wake up."
- "Think about how good I’ll feel when I'm finished."
- "I'm grateful for the ability to move my body."
- "I need this. I deserve this."
- "If I'm still tired later, I can take a nap—and nothing's better than enjoying a nap after a workout is over."
- "It's now or never."
- "Someone more tired than me is awake and already working out."
- "I can do this."
- "A body at rest wants to stay at rest. A body in motion wants to stay in motion."
- "Time to get stronger."
- "Nothing worth doing is easy."
- "This is the first thing I can control today."
- "Let's do this."
- "I am grateful for this day."