Working out is the best way to stay healthy and happy, but sometimes getting to the gym feels like such a hassle. You may feel tired, have low energy or be short on time. Maybe it's cold and rainy out and your favorite Netflix show is calling your name. But the thing is, working out produces chemicals called endorphins, which are released when you exercise. Endorphins make you feel great, activated and help to increase your overall mood. This can increase your energy levels, overall productivity and general well-being.
Sometimes, knowing this is not enough. That's when you need to find some additional motivation. Luckily, the Internet is filled with motivational content. If you use Instagram, you can type, "motivation," or, "inspiration," into the search bar under the "tag" section. As soon as you hit search, your feed will be filled with mantras that get your butt moving and ready to exercise. You can conduct similar searches on Twitter and Facebook, but Instagram seems to be more organized and easy to use when it comes to finding great quotes.
There's a fast-growing trend of spreading inspiration, and some of the big names out there are working hard to keep their social media filled with new ways to keep you on track. New York Times best-selling author Lewis Howes (@lewishowes on Instagram) has a mix of classic and unique mantras that are as inspiring as watching Rocky Balboa enter the ring. You'll be pushed into the next gear -- whether you're ready to be or not! He also has a podcast, called "The School of Greatness," so if you're better at listening than reading, check it out. Amanda Bisk (@amandabisk) is another empowering force to be reckoned with! She's a former pole vaulter who has transitioned into teaching yoga, and her photos are mantras themselves. They remind us all that we only have one body and we better use it right!
You can also try YouTube for some tough love. Coach Flowers' video has over 1 million views, and he's definitely a tough cookie, but his words are powerful. You can also try searching for "fitness," "motivational speeches" or "workout mantras," and you'll have hundreds of videos to choose from. If you don't find a voice that truly speaks to you, continue to search until you do.
To get you started, here are three mantras that you can try repeating in moments of need:
--"Don't stop when you are tired; stop when you're done." -- Manuel Tratter
--"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." -- Mahatma Gandhi
--"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." -- Maya Angelou