How do you find motivation to exercise regularly when you just don’t feel like getting off your body? I ask myself this question every time when I start to exercising, and I have a feeling that I’m not the only one.
Most of us spend nearly all day sitting – in the car when we are going to work, in office when we sit for 6 to 8 hours, again in the car driving home… And once you comfortably stretched out on the couch, it’s hard to motivate yourself to run, doing aerobics, going to the gym and so on.
There are a million ways to motivate yourself to exercise, but actually these are a few that have worked for me. And trust me, I’ve had days when I’ve struggled with exercise.
Here are 10 ways to get yourself to practice exercise regularly and not to sit all day long.
1) On Sunday, plan a weekly exercise plan in order to accurately know what to do. This will avoid hesitations like “what I need to practice today, whether to go to the gym or just ride my bike”, etc., And you will have alternative plans if, for example, some day you were planning to exercise off, but just then started to rain.
2) Pay gym membership for a month, aerobics, Zumba or whatever you will visit – it is much harder to skip training since you have already paid for it.
3) Prepare everything you need to exercise the previous evening, including clothing, and eventually you can prepare food for before/after training.
4) If you do not have too much time, be satisfied with less training – even 15 minutes is better than no training at all. The internet “is boiling” of HIT workouts with high intensity for which you need to spend a little time and you can burn a lot of calories.
5) Even when you absolutely do not want to exercise that day – the weather is too bad to go to the gym, or simply “one of those days”, get yourself to do some training at home for at least 5 minutes – chances are that once you get shaking and get warmed you will continue training and the day will not be lost for nothing.
6) Find a friend with whom to practice – (this advice motivates me most of the time) you will decide a lot harder not to go to training if you have already agreed with someone, and you will have a person who will motivate you (and you are going to do the same for him/her) to improve your health and body.
7) Exercise the same time of day, it will turn into a habit and so you will not take the exercise like a responsibility.
8) Write down your specific goal that will motivate you, no matter how large or small it is – it can be 20 pushups every day for at least a week, or maybe training for being able to run out a half-marathon.
9) Give yourself small rewards! For each successfully achieved goal before us, if possible, treat yourself something you wanted long ago – perhaps a new piece of sports equipment (jersey, sneakers) or something small like a piece of your favorite chocolate, but if you have not tried it for months, or lunch / dinner at your favorite restaurant.
10) Share your exercise result on Facebook or other social media platform, if you have friends or fitness group who would be interested to know – their positive feedback has a chance to motivate you in the days when you do not want to exercise, and you can get a variety of tips that will help you.
Do you have your own motivation procedure that you personally use and bring you a results. Share your tips in comments below and help someone who can’t get off his or her butt for exercising regularly.