Not feeling the gym? 3 tricks that’ll motivate you on your 'off' days

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By Jenna Wolfe

A million different things can keep you from your workout if you let them. Fatigue, being in bad mood, tough day at work, it’s too cold, too hot—you name it. But unless you have been over-training (aka working out too many days in a row) or suffered an injury, whatever excuse you’ve made up in your head is simply a bad one.

The next time you’re tempted to bail, try these easy tricks to get back your mojo:

Do it for 10 minutes
Tell yourself you can quit after 10 minutes. You can do anything for 10 minutes! After that time, if you’re still not motivated, stop. 

Chances are once you get going and those endorphins start pumping you won’t want to stop.

Listen to your workout playlist
If you listen to the songs you normally hear only when you’re working out, you’ll start feeling pumped up just listening to those tunes. Just hit play and start gathering your workout gear! Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to the gym.

Make fun plans for afterward
If you’re not looking forward to your workout itself, plan something that you can enjoy afterwards—such as meeting up with friends, going out to dinner, etc. 

What other little tricks work for you? Share in the comments.

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