Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It develops endurance, gives more energy, reduces stress, controls body weight and promotes good health in general. Everyone knows this, but if it’s such a well-known fact, why is it that only 20 percent of adults exercise regularly?
The answer for this is pretty simple: LACK OF MOTIVATION. It’s very easy to find reasons to not work out when it actually should be the other way around.
Lack of motivation is very common, and if you’re one of those people who join the gym and then decide it’s too cold or maybe too hot to go, or if you have constant headaches and hard days at work every time you have to exercise then this is for you!
Here are some tips on how to motivate yourself to exercise regularly and keep going even in the very cold and tough days.
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How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise
1) Positive Attitude
“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”
When you have positive thoughts not only about yourself but toward exercise everything will be easier. This is super important because it’s not always easy to wake up at five in the morning to be able to hit the gym. So you basically have to brainwash yourself and keep those positive vibes all the time to be able to stick with your plan no matter what.
How to do this? Well just think in how fabulous you’ll feel after training, in all the clothes that will fit, and in how great your body will look if you keep going. Attitude is everything, so do one more rep and keep that enthusiasm up.
2) Find Inspiration
“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.”
Since you were very young, you probably admired someone, maybe a tennis player, a singer or a writer. Everyone has role models, and this is a good thing. Finding someone you admire or who inspires you to exercise is an excellent way to stay motivated.
Buy some fitness or sports magazines and hang pictures and posters everywhere so that you remember all day long how you want to look and how you want to be.
3) Find What You Love
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Sometimes you have to try and experiment a lot to find something you actually enjoy. If you paid for a gym membership but skip it frequently maybe the gym is not for you. Find something that makes you want to jump out of bed and exercise.
If the gym is not for you maybe you’ll like Pilates, maybe the meditation and relaxation of a yoga class suits you better, maybe wearing a tennis squirt moves you or maybe you simply enjoy more the fresh air of a jog in the park.
Experiment and find what’s best for you and the motivation will come automatically, because there’s nothing like loving and enjoying what you’re doing.
4) Find an Exercise Buddy
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”
Have you ever heard that saying that goes something like, “you are the company you keep”? Well, this applies to exercise as well!
If you surround yourself with active people who love exercising then making this a habit will be a lot easier. It’s hard to stay motivated if you hang out with couch potatoes all day long. Find an exercise buddy who can inject you with energy.
5) Reward Yourself
“Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.”
Motivation and rewards are strictly linked to each other. Multinational companies worldwide discovered this years ago. In order to increase productivity, they implemented incentives and reward systems. This is human nature, so rewarding yourself is one of the best ways to keep you motivated.
For example, if you love chocolate cake reward yourself with a slice after a whole week of hard training. Maybe you like shoes, so reward yourself with a new pair of shoes after a whole month of exercising. Perhaps a day at the spa and a nice massage sound better to you, or maybe a short weekend on the beach. Find whatever it is you want and like the most and reward yourself once you achieve your goal.
6) Get Competitive
“Look in the mirror, that’s your competition.”
In general, it’s safe to say that all humans are competitive by nature. Clearly there are persons who are more competitive than others, but healthy competition is always a good way to stay motivated.
You don’t necessarily have to compete against someone else, you could compete with yourself. For example, if you run three miles today, try to beat yourself and run five miles the next day. Compete with yourself and soon you’ll realize that you’re in better shape than ever, and this in turn will keep you motivated.
So there’s no excuse now, these six tips on how to motivate yourself to exercise regularly should provide you with some sort of starting platform. Remember – if it ain’t hard work…it ain’t worth doing!