Sometimes it’s tough to just get started, especially if you’ve been putting it off for a while. It really doesn’t help your motivation levels if you’re not sure what to do, knowing where to start, what to eat, how to train and who to turn to.
So how do you find the motivation to exercise when you just
don’t feel like getting off the lounge. We all have those feeling sometimes,
those feelings that tell us it’s easier to stay comfy and we’ll get to it
tomorrow. However, once you take that first step and then another and then
another; before long you will find yourself wanting to train more and more.
Here are some simple steps to get motivated so you can get started.
Change your daily routine
It can be hard to find time for exercise, but there are always ways to incorporate fitness into your daily routine. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a walk around the block at lunch. Walk up and down sidelines while watching the kids play sports. Pedal a stationary bike, jump on the treadmill or do strength training exercises while you watch TV at night. You can find ways to move more in your day.
Start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. Otherwise it becomes too easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious.
If you haven't been exercising in a while, a short-term goal might be to walk on your treadmill for 10 minutes a day three days a week. An intermediate goal might be to walk for 30 minutes five days a week. A long-term goal might be to complete a 5K walk or build up to 10,000 steps. You can set your treadmill up in front of your TV so you can time your workouts by the length of your favourite shows.
Put it on paper
Are you hoping to lose weight? Boost your energy? Or sleep better? Write it down. Seeing the benefits of regular exercise on paper can help you stay motivated. Keep an exercise diary. Record what you did during each exercise session, how long you exercised and how you felt afterward. Recording your efforts can help you work toward your goals and remind you that you're making progress. Remember, don’t worry about the number on the scales; focus more on how your clothes are fitting or how you’re feeling. It’s a better indication of how far you’ve come.
Bring your friends
You're not in this alone. When you exercise at home it’s easy to think that you’re alone in your weight loss journey but you’re not. Get outside on the weekends or after work and invite friends or co-workers to join you when you exercise. Play with your kids. Work out with your partner or other loved ones. By doing it as a group you can keep each other accountable and it will make your workouts more enjoyable.
Exercise shouldn’t be a chore that you do, if it is then it won’t be something you want to do or keep doing. Exercise can be fun. Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you're not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Join a team or take a dance class. If you’re having fun you will be more likely to be motivated and stick with it.
Set your goals, make it fun and pat yourself on the back from time to time. Remember, your health and fitness is a daily lifestyle choice.