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. Make Shorter Term Goals
Break down your long-term goal into smaller, shorter-term goals.
For example, if your goal is to lose 40 pounds over the next couple of months, break that goal into smaller, shorter-term goals.
Your short term goal can be to lose 2 to 4 pounds over the next 2 weeks. Once you achieve that goals set a new short-term goal to lose another 2 to 4 pounds in another 2 weeks after that.
Breaking your long-term goals into smaller, shorter-term goals can be beneficial for 2 reasons:
1st Reason: Makes Workouts More Meaningful & Gives You A Sense of Urgency
When your workout goal is to lose 40 pounds and your deadline for reaching this goal is months away, every work out can feel like a small insignificant contribution to achieving that goal because the goal is so great and the deadline for reaching the goal is so far off in the distant future. As a result, you may lack the motivation to work out.
However, when your workout goal is smaller, and the deadline for achieving the goal is more immediate, every workout takes on more importance in achieving this goal.
For example, if your workout goals it to lose 2 to 4 pounds in 2 weeks, then every workout between now and that 2-week mark is important. You won’t want to skip working out on an assigned workout day because you have so little time to achieve your goal, and if you do skip working out on a given workout day, you may not achieve your goal.
Therefore, when your work goals are more immediate and smaller, it makes every workout more important and more meaningful.
2nd Reason: Gives You Frequent Victories
When your goal is to lose 40 pounds, it may take a long time to achieve that goal, and so it will be a long time before you get a sense of victory or achievement.
However, when your goal is small, and it’s more immediate, such as losing 2 to 4 pounds in 2 weeks when you actually achieve that your goal, it’s very empowering, and it will give you a sense of accomplishment and is also it will give you the reassurance that what you’re doing is working and that you’re doing the right thing.
This feeling of accomplishment that you will get more frequently by having shorter-term goals is important because exercising can be a sacrifice, and when you achieve these goals, it can give you a sense of reward and boost morale to keep going.
3. Only Allow Yourself To Listen To Music When You Work Out
Hold off listening to music throughout the week and only allow yourself to listen to music when you work out. Pretty soon, you may find yourself actually looking forward to your next workout session because you finally have the opportunity to listen to the music that you love.
Listening to music can make the workout itself more enjoyable and thereby make working out easier.
4. Listen to Audio Pre Workout
Listen to music before you workout. The reason being is that before you workout, chances you will be in a more relaxed state, and it can be hard getting out of this relaxed state to go exercise.
Listening to music can be very helpful in getting you to go workout, because listening to upbeat music can take you out of your mentally relaxed state and put you in a mentally more pumped state, making it easier to go exercise.
5. Cut Down The Time It Takes To Exercise
Often, one of the biggest gripes as to why people don’t want to work out is that it is too time-consuming; if this is one of your major problems with working out, it is important to understand that there are plenty of ways you can cut down on the time that it takes to work out.
Ways To Cut Down On Workout:
• Have Your Clothing Pre-Prepared
• Shorter Higher Intensity Workouts
6. Practice Centering Yourself
To stay motivated, you often have to ward off the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that demotivate you.
7. Recognize and Appreciate What A Great Investment of Time Exercising Is
When we exercise, we often think about all the other things that we could be doing at that time. It’s important to realize that exercise is one of the best uses of your time. Many successful people with busy schedules make the time to exercise because they realize the importance. Exercise can put your body in a state where you can live your highest quality of life because when you exercise, you tend, have more energy, tend to look better, have a more capable body. It can also help the brain, and studies show, wake up the body and get better sleep. It can help build discipline and structure in your day. Exercising can complement many things that you’re doing.
Also, exercise is go’s hand and hand with a diet. One of the two main reasons people cheat on their diet is because of stress and boredom. Exercise helps with both of those. Studies show that exercising can lower stress levels. Also, when you’re exercising, you won’t be sitting around the house getting bored. So exercise perfectly complements dieting and can help you maintain your diet.
8. Enjoy The Fruits of Your Labor
Take the time to celebrate your weight loss successes. Don’t be modest. If you’re seeing physical improvements, take the time to look at yourself in the mirror and give appreciate and pat yourself on the back for those physical improvements.