Exercise can be just what you need to get your mind stimulated and your body energised. Yet every now and then we need a little motivation to get us up and get started.
Here are a few of our top tips for finding that motivation to get yourself moving:
Exercise is boring? Make it fun!
Of course you’re not going to be motivated to exercise if you have a routine that you really don’t find fun. Your brain doesn’t like boring!
But how do we make it fun?
Below are some key elements to focus on:
Music – Music is a fantastic way to keep you motivated. Make a few play lists that you can pick and choose from depending on your mood or the pace of the workout you are doing. Opting for music with a good steady beat can really help motivate you to keep going and stay on track!
Scenery – indoors or outdoors (whichever you enjoy the most). Personally, I like to try out different outdoor places to work out because it keeps it fresh and interesting, plus I get to explore some of the beautiful places in my local area. So take yourself to the woods, try different parks or when jogging or bike riding, explore different routes to keep it interesting.
People – encouraging, inspiring, competitive, determined etc. Having other people to exercise with can be just what you need to get you up and motivated. Exercise buddies can not only make the experience more enjoyable, they also help keep you accountable for sticking to your plans.
Lack of Results? Keep Challenging Yourself!
There’s nothing quite as motivating as results. If you are not seeing or feeling any improvements then your motivation can suffer. It’s important to keep challenging yourself in order to achieve results.
How do you keep challenging yourself?
Below are some quick tips:
Mix it up - Your body will slowly become conditioned to specific exercises and routines, and you will find you reach a plateau as the challenge is reduced. So keep mixing it up, rotating the areas of the body you are working on and adding new and more challenging practices. Don’t be afraid to try something new and different. Why not try:
- Skipping - Time your skip intervals and aim to improve each session.
- Boxing – A great stress-relief workout and lots of fun!
Invest – Consider investing in a simple piece of equipment like a medicine ball or kettlebell. You can get a full workout in with just one tool. Adding some extra weight to your workout will not only build your muscle and burn extra calories, it keeps training fresh and fun.
YouTube – Sometimes you just need someone there, telling you what to do, pushing you to do ‘just one more’ rep. To exercise without leaving the house, follow along to some new workout videos on YouTube. There are many to choose from.
Can’t be bothered? Focus on the benefits!
There are so many benefits to exercise. If you are clear on what you want to get out of it, you’ll find motivation will flow more easily.
How do you stay focussed on the benefits?
Below are some helpful hints:
Decide – Our attitude towards exercise is in our control. We can decide not to see it as a hassle or interruption.
Positivity – Focusing on all the good things about it and speaking positively
Privilege – We are privileged to be able to move our bodies and we should never take that for granted. We get to move.
Anti-stress – Exercise can make you feel less tense, less stressed and generally happier. Those of you who exercise regularly will know exactly what I’m talking about!
It’s important that we make movement feel less like a chore and more like something to be grateful for. Respect and value yourself enough to honour your health and wellbeing. You can find joy through simply moving your body and see it as a way to enhance your life.
Your ‘quick-fire’ Checklist for staying motivated:
Exercise when you have the most energy
Move every day
Commit to small amounts of time
Exercise to feel fresh, energised and clear-minded
Don’t turn it into a big deal
Don’t waste time thinking “Should I, shouldn’t I?” Remember that any movement is better than nothing.
So keep it fun, challenge yourself and focus on the benefits.
These changes will go a long way in helping you to stay motivated to exercise and achieve the healthy results that you want.
NOW GO WORKOUT! ;)