Finding motivation to work out shouldn’t be so difficult, seeing that it is our wellbeing that’s at stake. However, humans are predominantly prone to laziness and excuses, which is why doing what’s good for them comes as a duty they don’t rush to attend to. The truth is that exercising regularly is extremely beneficial for us, but isn’t easy to manage, especially if we’re working on super busy schedules and constantly have things of “greater importance” on our minds. That is why we all need motivation boosters from time to time to keep us going, which is the main topic of today’s article. There are many methods that help you to remain pumped about your training, and we’ll mention five of them that give great results.
1. Keep the Starting Point in Your Mind
Whenever push comes to a shove and you start convincing yourself you haven’t got the time or strength to work out today, stop in your tracks right away. Our brains are used to default mode, which means that thoughts are simply scrambling around without any particular purpose, which means we will eventually do the same. Whenever you start to give excuses about why you shouldn’t work out, remember where you started. What was that one thing that pushed you over the edge and got you into your gym clothes? Remember how you felt, what thoughts went through your head, how it all began and you will immediately be motivated to pick up where you left off. If you were never much of an athlete, but you still managed to persuade yourself to exercise, there must have been a big reason for it. Always keep that reason in mind and that will be one of the best motivation boosters you can find.
2. SMART Goals
Between setting a goal and thinking about doing it is a whole universe of excuses that you alone put there. Even when you manage to set a goal, you can easily sabotage yourself by doing so vaguely and with no time frame, which isn’t effective at all. That is why you should consider setting SMART goals aka goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. This means that saying “I want to run more” won’t do you any good because you didn’t give yourself a challenge but rather a blurry line that can be easily moved. If you want to set a SMART goal then you should say something along the lines “I want to run 6 miles three times a week by June 30th”. When you write down a goal like this, you have no wiggle room, you have to work hard to achieve otherwise you failed and nobody likes that feeling.
3. Don’t Do It Alone
Working out is always easier and more fun when you don’t do it alone. Getting a partner in crime is great for motivation, but for all other aspects of a healthy life as well. If you’re trying to lose weight and need to cut down those carbs, your exercise buddy will be the one encouraging you to order a healthy meal instead of pizza or greasy takeout. If you have trouble getting up in the morning to go running, your partner will be the best (and often a bit annoying) alarm clock ever. Just don’t forget to return the favour and be twice as motivated when the person you’re working out with isn’t in the mood to go outside and you’ll both reach your fitness goals for sure.
4. Do What You Enjoy
Ok, high intensity interval workouts can hardly be enjoyed, but they are an occasional necessity. The rest of the time you can shape your workouts into something you love be it cycling, hiking, mountain climbing, swimming, don’t be afraid to experiment. Finding what feels right to you is paramount if you want your exercising to become an integral part of your lifestyle and here you can’t go with “one size fits all” policy. Just because someone loves going to the gym doesn’t mean you have to do it too, maybe you function better outdoors or in water for that matter. It’s important to let go of the mentality that exercise is torment we have to trudge through, rather see it as a something that is good for you and you enjoy it thoroughly.
Instead of saying – I could never do this and that, go for – I should definitely give it a go. You don’t have to get all crazy (and fake!) positive right away, because it all fizzes out quite quickly. Go for moderation, don’t put yourself down, but avoid being overly positive, as it can put unnecessary pressure on you and make you lose your motivation just the same. It’s important to nurture self-love and self-care along with your exercise routine because your physical and mental existence are closely entwined and you can’t have one without the other. – Vanessa Davis
About the Author
Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic recipes for herself and her kids.
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