10 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Exercise
Motivate Yourself To Exercise
Exercise remains one of the best ways to live a healthy life. It offers tons of benefits for the body and mind. But sometimes, we can get tired or bored because of the monotonous and rigorous nature of most exercises. Hence why we must look for ways to remain focused and motivated to achieve our fitness goals. If you need a little extra boost, these ten tips on how to motivate yourself to exercise will come in handy. Let’s dive in!
1. Set Fitness Goals
You will agree that it’s one thing to set a goal, and it’s a different thing to achieve it. Nonetheless, you have to establish a fitness goal, so you don’t end up wasting precious time at the gym. You will lose interest over time if you only have a vague ambition of getting six-packs or losing some excess weight.
Once you have set your mind on the type of exercise that will help you achieve your fitness goals, then adhere to it strictly. The fitness routine you opt for should be effective yet fun-filled. This way, you won’t lose interest even if it is very tasking. You can use a workout diary to help you with your goal.
2. Celebrate Your Progress
Over time, the urge to give up will be overwhelming. Achieving your fitness goals will feel like an impossible mission, but take a moment to think about the progress you have made so far.
As it’s often said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a step’’. And now that you have taken the first step, you must keep on taking more steps to reach your desired destination. So, whenever you lose a pound or add muscle, be happy about it.
3. Wear Your Workout Kit
Research has shown that wearing workout clothes is a great way to motivate oneself. Ordinarily, you may not have the urge to exercise when you are wearing a suit. But when you put on your yoga pants or jersey shorts, you will be psyched up to hit the gym. This is often referred to as enclothed cognition. It’s how the brain acts when you dress a certain way. For instance, a soccer player will most likely lose interest in training if he/she is not fully dressed as a soccer player and wears soccer cleats. Hence, if you want to be psyched up for exercising, put on your workout wear and keep your training kit in close range.
4. Exercise with a Partner
Exercises like walking, running and weight-lifting will be much more fun and engaging if you do them with a friend. The ‘chit-chat’ you have while training can help to keep you focused – if you don’t overdo it.
Your friends might even give you a nudge when you don’t feel like exercising, so you can’t call rain check if you have already made plans with them. Plus, friends can motivate and challenge you to improve your workout performance.
5. Workout in the Morning
Do not procrastinate about going to the fitness center or keeping to your fitness routine. Once it’s time to hit the gym, do not entertain any excuse your mind may come up with. We advise you to always go for your workout sessions in the morning before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. This way, you won’t spend time procrastinating.
What’s more, it’s very likely that you will be very tired after a day’s work and so have a genuine reason, not to workout. So, try to exercise at the start of the day. We understand it might take you some time to get used to such a rigorous fitness routine, but after a while, your body and mind will adjust accordingly.
6. Try Different Routines
Repeating any activity over and over again will make you bored and tired. Hence, it would be best if you tried different fitness routines from time to time. Opt for exercises that are more fun but offer the same results as the one you are doing. For instance, you can switch to a flat bench exercise when you get bored with an incline bench press.
7. Know Your Limit
It’s a good thing to set goals and achieve them. But do not give your body more than it can take. For instance, if you are new to running exercises, do not try to complete a 5K race in record time. Because your body and mind need to be prepared for such a task – so give them some time.
Yes, you will get frustrated when you set unfeasible expectations for yourself and fail to meet them. You might even end up quitting, thinking you are just wasting your time.
8. Get a Trainer
If you find it a bit challenging to keep to your fitness schedule, then consider the help of a professional fitness trainer. Even though such services are quite expensive, it is best to see it as a worthy investment if you want to achieve your fitness goals. The truth is, if you invest hard-earned money in the services of a fitness instructor, you will certainly put the effort in to prevent your investment from going down the drain. Plus, fitness trainers can help you recreate your workout routines to get the most out of your sessions.
9. Listen to Your Favorite Song or Podcast
Another great way to motivate yourself to workout is by listening to your favorite songs or podcasts. This technique works like magic. You will complete a 5K race or run on a treadmill for hours, and you will still be psyched up for more. The good thing about listening to songs and podcasts is that they do not distract; rather they pump you up.
10. Use Performance Cues
Performance cues are motivational phrases that induce high-level concentration when you are in a challenging situation or environment. Fitness experts have affirmed that performance cues such as “game on,” let’s roll,” and “keep going” can help motivate, challenge and encourage others as they train.
You can use whatever phrase that gets you in the right frame of mind. The aim is to help you stay motivated while you work out.