Staying motivated to exercise is one of the biggest challenges that most people face when it comes to fitness. Many of us start off with great enthusiasm, but our motivation dwindles over time, and we end up giving up on our fitness goals. In this blog, we will discuss some effective ways to stay motivated to exercise, even when you feel like giving up. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a beginner, these tips will help you stay focused and committed to your fitness goals. So, let’s get started and discover some fantastic ways to stay motivated to exercise.
TWO REASONS TO BE MOTIVATED.
When we fear the consequences of not taking action.
If you woke up this morning and didn’t feel like going to work, you wouldn’t call and say, “I don’t feel like being at work, so I am not coming”. No, you go in anyway-well, most of the time anyway. By being inactive, there is a high risk of getting lifestyle diseases like diabetes, stroke, heart diseases, lower back issues, obesity, hypertension, osteoporosis and depression. Would you be pleased with yourself? lying in a hospital bed and asking yourself “if only I had taken care of my health”. If you miss work, you risk losing your job, if you don’t take care of your health you risk getting sick.
Get excited about the rewards and benefits of being proactive.
Your reasons for charting a new course of action are what give you the drive and energy to get up in the morning, even on days you don’t feel like it. Among the many benefits of staying active, include keeping away lifestyle ailments. Exercise also improves mental health, instills confidence, improves self-esteem, enhances better sleep, healthier eating habits and discipline. Try it. You are missing out, if you haven’t started yet.
BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
On several days, an exercise session acts as a stress reliever, gives me time to clear my mind and focus on the workout before me, on my own. It is sort of my ‘me’ time. After two decades of being at it. Sometimes, my morning run maybe the only time I am alone, all day. However, for a newbie it might be hard work figuring everything on your own. A family member, a coach, neighbor, mentor may be all you need to keep you going.
Even if you workout alone, changing things up with a buddy every once in a while can help you workout harder and learn new moves. Having someone in your corner will hold you responsible for staying on track. They will also have your back and will get you out of bed on days you don’t feel like it. When you are working out alone and reach your goals, you might give yourself a pat on the back. That isn’t merely as exciting as setting goals together with a partner and celebrating together. Make it social.
THINK FUN AND VARIETY.
We like variety to help us stay motivated. Try and mix up your exercise to ensure you actually enjoy it too! Just because everyone around you is running…that doesn’t mean you have to. Running is not the only way to improve your health…try a range of fitness options until you actually benefit physically and mentally.
Workout variety also challenges your body in unique ways, which may introduce you to new muscle groups you didn’t even know you had. Be creative and spice it up. A swim, a walk, a favorite sport, a bike ride or a hike could just be as beneficial.
Keep track and reward yourself.
I recently participated in the last Standard Chartered Marathon and I finished 10 km in an hour and fifteen minutes. In as much as I don’t love running, my aim is to run my next race, the same distance, under an hour. Tracking my progress on my weekly runs has helped me make adjustments on my training program. You are more likely to stick to your exercise routine when you can see the progress you have made. When you track progress, you can see improvements you have made, which can motivate you to keep going. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Find Ways To Fit Exercise Into Your Day.
Exercise should be treated as an opportunity to celebrate what your body can do. It isn’t a punishment, like we all treat it. Find a time that works for you and make it regular. Whether it is early in the morning, in between your breaks from work or evening. You are good to go. Any form of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Just incase you miss a session or two, pick yourself up and keep going. Embrace movement in your lifestyle and your body will thank you in the years to come. Stay motivated.