You want to be motivated, you really want to be motivated, but you just can't do it. Even though you know that regular workouts are good for your health, you cannot seem to find the motivation to kick-start your exercise plan.
You tell yourself that you don’t have the time, that exercise is boring, or that engaging in workouts makes you too physically uncomfortable. When it comes to exercise, most of the battle is with your mind. If you can challenge your assumptions about it, you can find the solutions to overcome your obstacles.
Most of us wouldn’t go to work each day if we didn’t get the reward of a pay cheque. It motivates you to get out of bed and put off doing other things. You can use the same strategy to get into a regular exercise routine. Provide yourself with small rewards for small goals, and then a larger reward when you reach a major goal.
For example, going to the gym three out of five workdays earns you an inexpensive item you have been wanting. You might book a holiday when you achieve a bigger goal, for example, participating in an epic hike or completing a half marathon. Since you cannot always control how fast you lose weight, consider rewarding yourself based on effort instead.
It’s easy to give up on your workout routine when you’re the only one who knows about it. You’re not so keen to throw in the towel when you have let others know your goals. When you start working out, decide on how often you will tell your friends and family about your progress. You can also join an online community for support and encouragement.
These forums often host contests which can provide extra motivation as well. As an additional incentive to stick to your word, consider adding specific consequences if you miss a workout.
One of the biggest reasons people stop exercising is that they get bored with the same old routine. To prevent this from happening to you, don’t do the same routine for more than a few weeks before changing to something else. Perhaps you can focus on aerobic exercises for a while and then switch to strength training. Just don’t do the same thing every day or you will quickly lose interest.
Whichever motivation technique you decide to employ, just remember to stick with it. With a bit of effort, a target in your mind, and friends and family behind you, you might be surprised what you can achieve!
you would like more advice on how to get motivated to work out, consult a
doctor, exercise physiologist or personal trainer.
A personal trainer can help you develop workout routines as well as specific exercise goals. They are also great at motivating their clients to stick with the program.
09 Jan 2017