Top Tips to Motivate Lazy People to Exercise

We all know… ok, most of us know, what it’s like to make that New Year’s Resolution.

Then the “Before Bathing Suit Weather” resolution.

Then the promise to not gain weight during the “Holidays resolution”.

What makes it so difficult for us to suck it up and actually go to the gym or down the street for a brisk walk?

How to motivate yourself to exercise when you are too lazy?…

Is there any exercise for lazy people to workout daily without laziness?…

Laziness is one of the biggest barriers to weight loss and so healthy life, but there are things you can do to help you overcome that slump and get off the couch and get into gear.


Who really wants to add another job to the daily agenda? Working out sounds too much like work! What you need to do is schedule time to play. Play racquetball. Play basketball. Keep that keyword in mind, and your workouts will be play sessions. The aerobic result is the same; an increased heart rate, and the benefits of having regular play a few days every week will make you feel like a kid again.


It has long been said that having a partner keeps you accountable. When you find a workout buddy, make sure it is someone who can stick it out. Don’t get your neighbor just because they stay home during the day; find someone who shares your weight loss goals. Put up an ad at the gym if you want to find someone you might not even know yet.


When you set your goals, make sure they are reasonable. No one wants to start exercising. The thought of getting the weight off is daunting to many people. If you have a plan of attack, your chances of success are much better. For example: week one = walk fifteen minutes each day… week two = substitute fruit for the chips. With this in mind, you’ll be sure to find ways to keep adding to your program to make it successful.


What does this have to do with exercise? If you LOOK good, you will feel good. Don’t wait to buy nice fitting clothes. Start doing things now to feel good about yourself. Get a new outfit to workout in – don’t worry, they are stretchy, and they’ll shrink as you do. One new workout piece will last a long time, and if it doesn’t I promise you won’t mind buying the smaller size.


If you do the same thing over and over, not only will you get bored, but so will your muscles. You might initially lose weight with the same exercise video, but eventually you need to push yourself more. Employ other parts of your body. Go for a hike, swim, or jog.


Take a picture of the now. Work towards the future look. Periodically take a new picture to see how much progress you have made. Keep one pair of “fat jeans” and just imagine how Jared must have felt after his Subway success. Wouldn’t you love to be able to hold up your fat jeans and show people that you used to be able to fit twice as much of yourself inside?


Even though you want to use every possible hour to stay busy, you need your beauty sleep. If you get 7-8 hours of sleep, your body will function better. With enough sleep, you will be more fresh and productive with the time that you are awake. So turn off the TV, read a book, and get cozy in your bed to help you lose weight.


Even though you might not be ready to dance in front of an audience, many people have found that doing a dance routine in their living room or with a small group of people is great fun. There are some really great styles that are good for losing weight. The old fashioned days of aerobics is getting a makeover. Do belly dancing for a fund twist. Turn on some good music of the eighties (did I just give my age) and crank it up. Include the kids and make it a party so crazy and you may want to pull the curtains closed so the neighbors won’t see.


If you are having trouble making yourself exercise, get an incentive program. There are two ways to make this work. If you are not self motivated, set little goals for yourself. For example, if you workout for a set number of days, you get to treat yourself. Whether it’s lunch out, a dessert, or a new outfit, make sure that you are mentally doing it as a reward.

Some of us need external incentive programs. Get someone who will hold you accountable if you start to slack. This can be a friend, kid or pet. Make sure they check in or participate in your workout. Have them come check progress if they are the human variety.


If you don’t already have one, owning a dog is a great way to force exercise. If you want to have your new friend as part of your workout routine, make sure that you find a variety that likes to walk at a brisk pace. Some dogs are known for being more energetic than others. A little research will pay off in finding the right pet for you, and the social benefits of meeting people on the dog-walking path may help keep you wanting to walk.


OK, so it doesn’t have to be a punching bag, but remember that exercise is a great stress reliever. If you are having a bad day, throw on the tennis shoes and get moving. The endorphins will leave you feeling great once you are finished.


It can be funny when you exercise. If you don’t get the right moves, make it the opportunity to laugh at yourself. Keep going. Nothing is more fun than laughing with your friends, so you might as well be laughing while getting the health benefits. You are doing this to make your life better, and after all… laughter is the best medicine.


Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t succeed the first time. Keep a journal to show your successes. Keep in mind that at least 21 days has to go by before you establish a habit, so keep going back to it until it is indeed a habit for you.

You CAN do this. As you start the process, you will get into the cycle and you will be amazed at the benefits of exercise.

Once the weight starts to come off, you can immediately notice an increase in your energy levels. You will sleep better and breath better.

Your whole body will work in unison; this is how your body was designed… to work. Not to be stationary.

Good luck!

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20 thoughts on “Top Tips to Motivate Lazy People to Exercise”

  1. Really good to know.
    I think we should add “good relation with family” cause my relation with my parents sucks…and it really un-motivates me…

  2. I am very lazy, and I’ve just set up a perfect way to motivate myself. I guess in a way it’s a negative incentive. I’ve asked my mom to keep up with which days I exercise, and if I don’t stay on track for the day, I won’t be allowed to see all of my friends online that night. (this is a big deal because a lot of my very close friends are of the internet sort)


  4. Hey, i have a friend that is overweight and i’m searching for good ideas to keep him keen and motivated every training session, This page has really given me some great ideas thanks :)

  5. lazy people are really stubborn so gettting them out of their rooms is hell. they find reasons to turn your motivation on you for lack of self confidence and motivation.. stick with it and keep bugging them . noone likes a lazy friend. prolly why they have none … if your reading into this you could be one!

  6. im trying to get fit for the track season but i have found out that im really really lazy, so i think this site will help a lot. THANK YOU

  7. I had a check-up today, and my doctor said I’m severely obese. I felt my heart dropped dead… I’ve never heard such words said right in my face. This time it’s serious, I must lose weight and gain back my confidence and self-esteem. Thank you so much for your tips, they’re awesome! I currently have an 8-month old labrador puppy who I always bug my brother to take out for walks but now, I will make sure I walk her out daily to get both of us fit. By the way, to any body reading this, I recently downloaded an app called “MyFitnessPal”, it’s free, it’s amazing and it’s very useful! Pls check it out, or for those who don’t own a smartphone, you can check out this website fitwatch.com and record down your daily intake. My goal now is to eat only 1700 calories a day, with at least half hour cardio, in order to lose 1-2 pounds a week. Good luck everybody! We can do it!

  8. I actally really really enjoyed this article, at lot of weight loss advice can all blend together. this one really stood out from the pack. gratz ^_^

  9. I am glad if this article can help you motivate at least to get started.

    It’s just starting problem!..Don’t give up!

    It’s a piece of cake once you start!

    Visualize a picture of yourself with a nice body.

    Start with something small like a 10 minute brick-walk and then slowly add up as you progress.

    And, don’t forget to reward yourself at every milestone! :) Good luck…

    Please keep us posted.

  10. You can do anything you set your mind to, I once was very lazy I would sleep all the time I was almost depressed. I found that when I worked out I felt better, I would miss a day here and there but if you tell yourself that its worth it you will do it. Laziness needs to be overcome because it will always be a problem! whether at work or with your personal fitness, ect.

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  12. Trying to stay motivated is the wrong reason to get a dog. I can’t believe this is even a suggestion. This article is for LAZY people that can’t even find the motivation to care for themselves, much less a dog. And this even encourages getting a high energy dog that will only suffer more once the owner realizes they don’t want to go outside and it’s needs are neglected.

  13. Thanks for the comment Kayla. I know many people who loves dogs so much. They treat them like children. The key to get rid of laziness is to do something you love. So if you love a dogs nothing matters in front of it. Yes, you enjoy walking with them and running with them all the time. Of course, this point doesn’t apply to the people who do not like dogs.

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