I have the solution to your motivation crisis. Read on, and I’ll show you great ways to stay motivated when exercising!
Why DO WE need motivation when it comes to exercising?
Everyone has heard the saying, “Three months from now you will thank yourself,” when it comes to exercising. But how do I get to the three-month mark? Motivation doesn’t always come easy. When our alarms go off in the morning, it’s not always motivation that gets us up out of bed; it’s DISCIPLINE and pure GRIT. We get out of bed and lace-up our running shoes because we’ve trained ourselves to do so. In other words, one must have discipline as a key ingredient to their regular workout routine. And watch out for excuses. Excuses can be the “death” to a solid goal or resolution.
Motivation is what we use to stay disciplined. Motivation comes in many forms, including wearing that hot little number to a holiday party, sporting a bikini at the beach, or just feeling better in your own skin. The secret to keeping motivation at the front of your mind can be as easy as posting pictures or goals in areas of your home that you frequent. Remind yourself constantly of the benefits you’ll reap by staying disciplined.
WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED when EXERCISING
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL A MONDAY
A friend relayed the following: “When I started my exercise journey, I did NOT wait until a Monday this time like I had with previous attempts. I started the day I made my decision to get healthy! I’ve found that, if you wait for a Monday or the perfect time to start, it may never happen! Something inevitably gets in the way. As a result, it’s easy to push it off until the next Monday. Instead start today! Start now! Do something! Do anything! Just start moving!”
SET SMALL GOALS
Start your exercise routine by setting small goals, and avoid setting goals based strictly on weight loss or someone else’s version of what’s important. Keep it simple. Make it a goal to move at least 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Once you find your groove, don’t allow yourself more than a day without moving. Once you’ve met the mark for exercising most days of the week, you can increase the amount of time your exercise or the intensity of your workouts. You will quickly be on your way to a healthier lifestyle. You will see you are motivated to exercise.
MAKE A PLAN
Scheduling workouts is important. Commit to a schedule, and write it in your calendar. Choose a specific time, and treat it like an appointment you have with a doctor or lunch date with a friend. In other words, take your workout appointments seriously. Finding and sticking to taking time for yourself is crucial. “I regret that workout.” said no one ever! The first few minutes of a workout is the hardest part. You quickly learn that once you get your heart rate-up and feel endorphins increasing in your body, you’re a whole lot less likely to stop!
LAYOUT CLOTHES THE NIGHT BEFORE
Just as you wash your face, brush your teeth and floss before going to bed, don’t forget to lay out your workout clothes! This helps you be prepared for the next day. When you wake up and see your clothes carefully laid out, you’ll be reminded of your intention. It doesn’t hurt to go ahead and pack an extra bag of clothes to keep in your car, just in case you can seize an opportunity to walk on your lunch break or swing by the gym before a dinner date, etc.
FIND a WORKOUT you enjoy
Find a few forms of exercise you like, and stick to them. There is no need to punish yourself with running, if you can’t stand to run. There are so many other ways to stay healthy. Consider all of your options, including fun classes at the gym, and stick with exercise that gets you fired-up and excited. Please replace unpleasant exercises with movement you actually enjoy, and don’t be afraid to try something new! You just mind find a workout you love, which is honestly the most important ingredient to longevity.
PASS TIME WITH MUSIC/PODCASTS or TV
It always helps to have music to pump you up and keep you motivated when working out. But, you should also consider other avenues to pass the time during workouts. You can use this time to catch up on your favorite podcast or TV series, or enjoy listening to audiobooks you don’t typically have time for. You’ll be surprised how fast the time passes when your mind is distracted.
Get AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
Motivation can also be inspired by a like-minded friend. Surround yourself with those who have similar goals. Keep each other accountable. With so many ways to connect these days, this person doesn’t even have to live in the same community. Check in regularly and talk about your goals. Keep eachother honest!
PURCHASE A CLASS PASS
Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to throw a few dollars towards a gym membership or class pass. When you spend money on something, you typically value it more, and this rings true for where and how you workout. Commit time, energy and money into your workout routine, and you’ve got a solid trifecta to keep you showing up!
Bonus tip: By passes with friends, and you’ll be able to catch-up and see each other regularly. It may even feel like a hangout more than a workout. Just be sure to not lose focus of your goals.
PURCHASE SIMPLE EQUIPMENT
Keeping free weights and a yoga mat in front of your TV will remind you to get a quick workout in, if you can’t make it to the gym. Gifting yourself a few minutes to get some movement in, especially when you feel stressed and overwhelmed, is always better than doing nothing at all. Another way to stay motivated while exercising is purchasing an app or at-home platforms that use little to no equipment at all when getting to the gym is inconvenient.
Remember that CHANGE DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT
Consider a shift in mindset. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Don’t let your looks be the only purpose you choose to exercise. Feeling energetic and confident about yourself can be more rewarding than dropping a few pounds. Don’t forget the long-term benefits of a healthy lifestyle. It has been proven that exercise reduces your risk of heart disease, improves mental health and mood, and strengthens your bones and muscles. Make exercise a lifestyle.
Be kind to yourself. Start your day with three simple affirmations. Create a mantra: “TODAY MY BODY WILL BECOME STRONGER. I WILL HAVE AN EXCELLENT WORK OUT TODAY. I AM STRONG AND CAN DO ANY WORKOUT I WANT.” Search for quotes that motivate you. Post them in areas around your home such as a bathroom mirror, your refrigerator or inside your front door. When you have a positive mindset, you treat yourself better. Exercising is a great way to take care of yourself mentally and physical.
You’ve committed to this lifestyle change and journey, so don’t forget to reward yourself. Once you’ve met a target goal (like exercising 3 months in a row), get your nails done, get a massage or buy fun new workout clothes! Feeling your best while working out is always a motivator! Now go out and conquer your workout!
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