“80 percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen
You know you need to work out, but you’re having trouble getting up the enthusiasm. How do you find motivation to exercise when you just don’t feel like getting off your butt? I ask myself this question every now and then, and I have the feeling I’m not the only one.
There are a many ways to motivate yourself to exercise, actually, but these are a few that have worked for me.
- Have a Goal: What do you want to achieve? Make it specific, make it meaningful, and make it obtainable. Be sure to have short-term benchmarks along the way. It’s OK to change your goals if the original plan doesn’t work, but have a goal. Regularly evaluate how you are doing on your goals.
- Success stories: I find the success stories of others incredibly inspirational. If a fitness website or some fitness magazine has success stories, I’ll almost always read them. Ask people who achieved their goal about their routine.
- Exercise should be a fun: If you hate running, don’t go to the track for exercise. Try a different kind of activity you like. The lists of different kinds of exercises are nearly endless. The only really important thing is to get your body moving and your heart rate up.
- How you feel after a workout: I always feel great after a good workout. It’s a high. And I let that motivate me the next time.
- Count your Calories: Count your calorie intake and the calories you burnt. It’s really one of the most effective ways to lose weight. You know that the more you exercise, the more calories you burn and the bigger your calorie deficit.
- How you’re going to look: Make Imaginations of a slimmer and fitter you. Now let that visualization drive you.
- Change or mix it up: Even if you are enjoying your routine, mix it up from time to time. Try entirely different exercises. You can try yoga or kickboxing for an afternoon. Or you can try some other activities like sports or join a dance class. This will not only keep you interested, it will break your muscles out of their routine and help to get better results.
- Get a buddy: Exercising with a friend introduces a positive kind of peer pressure. You will be more likely to go to the gym if you know someone is waiting there for you. Talking and laughing while exercising will also keep you off from being bored. Also, you get a support in lifting heavy while doing weight training.
- An exercise log/graph: For some reason, writing it down is extremely important. Keep a log of your BMI, body weight, and measurements of your body parts. Really, do it every week and you’ll definitely get some motivation.
- Get appropriate clothing: If you don’t have the appropriate clothes for the exercise, it can be irritating, uncomfortable, frustrating, or even unsafe. Also be sure the clothing looks nice; if you don’t like the way your clothing looks, you may feel uncomfortable, and less likely to exercise.
- Pack Ahead of Time: An iPod, athletic shoes, a towel… whatever. Walking around the house trying to find stuff is a good time to lose your resolve. Put everything together in your gym bag. When you finish working out, take out things that need to be laundered and replace them immediately.
- Reward Yourself: Have a healthy reward when you reach a goal. Buy yourself that cute pair of bike shorts. Go for a weekend hiking trip. Soak in the sauna for your “workout” that day. Buy that apparels which you wished to wear when you’ll be fit. Whatever works for you to celebrate in line with your healthy lifestyle!
When you feel like quitting think about why you started.