Don’t Skip It! 8 Easy Ways to Talk Yourself Into Going to Class

Remove the obstacles
Why not make going to class the easy choice? Lay out your full workout outfit, water bottle and sneakers the night before so when you wake up in the morning there’s no reason to change your mind. With everything already together, it’s just a matter of walking out the door.

Involve a friend
You’re more likely to show up for a class where you’ve planned to meet someone there. Compare schedules with your fitness bestie a week in advance, and lock down a class to take together. Knowing you’ll be seeing a familiar face in class will make the choice seem more appealing, plus no one wants the guilt of bailing on a friend.

Change up your workout style
Find something new to get obsessed with. New classes are added on a frequent basis, and chances are there’s something new in the ClassPass line-up that you’ll fall in love with. Try a class outside of your normal comfort zone, or an atypical class like rock climbing.

Set goals
This is an obvious but powerful hack. Revisit why you started going to classes in the first place and redefine your goals. Keep track of your progress and check in regularly to make sure you’re still on track.

Make an experience out of it
So many of the studios on ClassPass have wonderful amenities that can boost your workout experience. Identify some studios with fresh fruit, extra-spacious bathrooms and good-smelling shampoo, and decide to go there with the full intention of treating yourself to a workout and post-workout pampering.

Visual reminders
Everyone loves an old-fashioned arts and crafts project from time to time. When inspiration strikes, direct your attention to creating a motivation mood board. Include images of things like a pair of fresh running shoes you’ve been dying for, a delicious post-workout smoothie, motivational quotes and anything else that you find visually appealing and energizing about the fitness world.

Confront yourself
This is meant to be literal. Take a long hard look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Will I regret not working out today?” Be honest in your response. Chances are, you do actually want to work out, have the time to fit it in somewhere during the day, and are totally capable of making it happen.

Amy Hillock is a vinyasa yoga instructor in New York City and a fanatic about all things health and wellness. She enjoys handstanding around the boroughs, eating delicious vegetarian meals at New York’s hot spots and trying the latest fitness classes in the city. Follow her practice and healthy pursuits on Instagram and Twitter.

Amy Hillock is a freelance writer and an executive producer at production company ASSEMBLY9 in New York City. She enjoys leading workplace wellness yoga in offices around Manhattan through YogaWithAim, and spending recklessly on travel plans, green juice and new Nikes. Follow her (mostly) healthy pursuits on Instagram and Twitter.