How To Motivate Yourself To Work Out & How To Stay Motivated

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Working out is one of the best uses of our time. It improves health, physical appearance, fitness, complements many of our other pursuits, and can improve our overall quality of life.

The dilemma with working out is that we can know all of its benefits and genuinely want to work out, however right before its time to work out, we are often in a more relaxed state, and at that moment, it can be hard coming out of that relaxed state to go exercise.

However, we must start finding ways to overcome and make the decision to exercise because when exercise, we are making an investment in your overall quality of life.

In this article we will discuss various ways to motivate yourself to exercise:

 

Ways To Motivate Yourself To Exercise:

 

1. Never Forget Your “Why”

Find constructive ways to remind yourself of your “why” that meaningful and compelling to you.

 

2. Listen Audio

Start listening upbeat music 15 minutes to an hour before its time for you to work out, and keep listening to the music right up until the time you work out.  You see, right before its time for you to work out, you will have a mental debate in your head of whether you should work out or not.  There will be little voice in your head that will give you every excuse for why you shouldn’t work out that day. 

When you listen to upbeat music, you silence that little voice in your head and replace it with music that will get you pumped up to work out.  Listening to music right before you workout will dramatically increase your chances of working out.

If you work out in the morning, I recommend listening to music as soon as you wake up.  Getting out your comfortable bed to go exercise requires a lot of willpower.  That little voice in your head will give you every excuse for why you shouldn’t work out. 

The voice will tell you that you’re too tired to work out, that it’s too early in the morning to be working out, and many other excuses.  By listening to music as soon as you wake up, you drown that little voice out before the little voice even has a chance to start making excuses.

 

3. Give Yourself Chores When You Don’t Work Out

As I mentioned earlier, right before its time for you to work out, you’ll have a mental debate in your head of whether you should work out or not.  Sometimes when you’re debating whether to work out or not, you will make the undisciplined and wrong decision not to work out.  However, what makes it even worse is when you decide not to work out, you decide to do something fun instead like watch tv or eat a snack. Stop doing this. 

Any day that you decide not to work out do some chore instead.  You should clean around the house, do the laundry, or do some other task.  If you know the days that you decide not to work out that you’ll do a chore in its place, you will tend to work out more, because the alternative is not that much more appealing.

 

Benefits Of Working Out In The Morning

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If you’re not exercising in the morning, it would be a great idea to start, because they’re many special benefits to exercising in the morning that many people aren’t aware of.  Here are just a few benefits of exercising in the morning.

Benefits of Exercising In The Morning:

 

1. Exercising Serves As A Great Morning Routine

It’s important to have a morning routine.  You shouldn’t just wake up and go straight to work or school.  You should have a morning routine that puts you in a fantastic mood so that when you get to work or school, you can have the most productive day possible.  Exercising is an awesome activity that you can make a morning routine out of that will accomplish the goal of putting you in a fantastic mood in the morning.  You see, exercise causes the release of endorphins.   Endorphins are a chemical that will put you in a great mood when released into the brain.

 

2. The Whether is Cooler in the Morning

The weather can be pretty hot and humid in the evening depending on where you live.  Exercising in hot weather can make for a very uncomfortable work out session.  If you like working out outdoors but hate working out in the evening because it’s too hot, try working out in the morning.  Temperatures are usually cooler in the morning because the sun is not all the way up.  Often, there will be a cool breeze going making the morning time the perfect time of day to work out.

 

3. Less Stressful

A lot of people cause themselves a lot of unnecessary stress by having their work out sessions at the end of the day.  You see, when your work out session is at the end of the day, you spend that entire day stressing about how you have to workout when you get off work or get out of school.  When you exercise in the morning, you get exercising out the way early in the day, so you don’t spend the entire day stressing about it.

 

4. More Convenient

It can be very inconvenient having your work out sessions in the evening.  We tend to be a lot busier in the evening time when we get out of work or get off from school. There are so many activities we could be doing.  That’s why working out in the evening time can feel like such a sacrifice because there are so many other activities that we could be doing at that time of day.  Working out in the morning will feel like less of a sacrifice because there aren’t a whole lot of other activities that we could be doing at that time of day, so we’re not missing out on anything by exercising in the morning.

 

Effective Ways To Make Exercising Fun

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Exercising can be fun!  In this article, we will discuss ways to make exercising something that you can actually look forward to instead of dread.

 

Ways To Make Exercising Fun

1. Hold Off Listening To Music Until You Exercise

Listening to music while you exercise is a great way to make exercising fun.  Cut off listening to music throughout the week, and only allow yourself to listen to music when you’re exercising. 

You may find yourself looking forward to exercising because you finally get a chance to listen to music. 

You can also use audiobooks as well.  If you love listening to audiobooks, only allow yourself to listen to them when you are working out.

Pretty soon, instead of dreading your next work out session, you may find yourself looking forward to it because you want to find out how the audiobook ends.

 

2. Make A Reward Out Of It

Rewarding yourself after you exercise can be a great way to make exercising fun. If you like to do online shopping, you can set aside 1, 5, or 10 dollars towards that item that you always wanted to purchase every time you excise.

You can also reward yourself in many other types of ways.

The point is giving yourself some kind of a reward after you exercise is a great way to make exercise something that you can be excited about doing.

 

3. Make an Exercise Out of Things You Like To Do Naturally

Make an exercise out of things that you like to do naturally; for example, if you like going to the mall, make an exercise out of it.

The exercise can be walking several laps around the mall (make sure you don’t get sidetracked by the urge to shop).

When you make an exercise out of things that you like to do naturally, it feels less like exercise.

 

4. Make Exercise Fun Through Dance

Dance is such a fun way to exercise and lose weight.  The reason why dance is such a fun way of exercising is that you can lose yourself in the music and forget you’re working out. 

Try to cut off listening to music throughout the week and only allow yourself to listen to it when you dance.  That will make your dance experience more enjoyable. 

You will find yourself looking forward to working out because you finally get to listen to music and dance.

When learning how to exercise through dance, it would be a good idea to purchase a highly recommended dance workout DVD. 

The dance work out DVD will show you how to dance properly and what dance moves are most effective in burning calories. 

By watching the DVD, you’ll learn how to dance in a way that is effective for creating weight loss.

 

5. Find a Work Out Buddy

Often, when we go to gyms to work out, we see the same people over and over again.  If this is true for you, try to befriend some of them. 

Being social while you exercise is a great way to take your mind off the rigorousness of exercising.

 

4 Ways to Boost Energy – Have More Energy Throughout The Day

Having more energy throughout the day is very important. When you have a lot of energy, you’ll be more upbeat and in a better mood.  You’ll also be more efficient at work and more engaged with your family and friends.  Ultimately, having more energy will allow you to give more throughout the day.  In this article, you’re going to learn how to have more energy so that can be at your best throughout the day.

 

How To Have More Energy:

 

1. Get a Full Nights Sleep

A great day starts with a great night.  Skip watching that last tv show that always keeps you up late, because watching that last tv show is not worth you feeling sleepy and having low energy the next day.

 

2. Eat a Good Breakfast

If you want to begin your day with more energy, it’s important that you have a great breakfast in the morning.  It is argued that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s hard to disagree with this argument.  Eating a good breakfast will give you an energy boost that can last you well into the day.  

For breakfast, you want to be eating healthy foods that will provide you plenty of energy.  Oatmeal is a perfect example of something healthy that you can eat for breakfast that will provide you plenty of energy.

 

3. Pass on the Coffee

Stop drinking coffee to wake yourself up in mourning.  Coffee is loaded with caffeine that will give you a quick energy spike followed by a crash.  A great alternative to coffee is green tea.  Green tea has caffeine too.  However, green tea doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee, so green tea can give you an energy buzz without you crashing soon after.  Also, green tea has in it a substance called L-theanine which can calm you down, so won’t be bouncing off the walls like when you drink coffee.

 

4. Eat Healthy Foods

If you’re looking to have more energy, it’s important that you start eating healthier. Minimize your intake of junk foods that have a lot of processed sugar in them, because foods that contain a lot of processed sugar give you a quick spike followed by a dip in your energy.

 

5. Regularly Exercise

You will naturally have more energy throughout the day if you exercise regularly.  Exercise enhances your blood circulation which leads to the more efficient delivery of oxygen throughout the body.  When oxygen is delivered more efficiently throughout the body, the result is more energy.