Psychologists Say This Is How to Trick Your Brain Into Loving the Gym

Victoria Hoff
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Forget treadmill intervals, burpees, muscle-quaking planks, and that killer final climb in SoulCycle. Nope, the hardest part of working out is resisting every bodily urge to hit the snooze button, dragging your tired, sorry self out of bed, and groggily transporting yourself to the gym—all while trying to tune out the steady brain montage of potential excuses to turn around and go home to sleep for another hour. So how do you get out of this rut? By tricking your brain into loving the gym, of course.

As elusive as motivation can feel, there's actually a science to your drive (or lack thereof). From the nature of your willpower reserves to the positive impact of working out with a friend, psychology experts uncover new insights about motivation all the time—in turn, making it easier to sidestep self-sabotage before it even has a chance to bowl you over. (Save that energy for your final sprint, okay?)

Step up your motivation with any of the 10 science-backed tricks below.

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