The other day I had a rare treat: a whole morning with no agenda. Just me, a wide mug of hot black coffee, and a vague notion of exercising. After all, there was plenty of time and no reason not to work out.
But as you might guess, the free morning filled up just fine without a sweat session. Without motivation, exercise just doesn’t happen.
And struggling to drum up motivation to exercise is nothing to be ashamed of! But if you have a fitness goal in mind, you’re much more likely to reach it with these tips.
Top 5 tips to find motivation to exercise
Put the scale away
One of the best ways to kill your motivation to exercise is to obsess over the numbers on the scale. Working out is challenging, and when the “reward” for a hard day/week/month of effort doesn’t show up on the scale, it’s discouraging.
But it’s also very normal! If the scale isn’t budging, train your focus on other changes, like the strength you’re gaining in your arms, or the way you can go up stairs without feeling winded like you used to.
Another way to take your focus off the scale is to surround yourself with positive messages, whether they’re exercise related or not. Find an exciting podcast or book to get your mind moving in a positive direction. You might be surprised to find your body is easier to get moving as well!
Find a workout plan that fits your lifestyle
Do you love the outdoors? Start riding a bike or walking in the park with a friend. You may also enjoy an outdoor yoga class.
If you’re a naturally competitive person, capitalize on that trait by checking out a team sport, or compete with yourself by setting reasonable personal goals for each week.
If you want more ideas, we have a whole blog post about finding the best exercise for your lifestyle here!
Write down your “why”
Why is exercise important to you? And push deeper than simply “to lose weight.”
Maybe your why is something like:
“I want to have energy to play with my kids/grandkids.”
“I want to be a good example for people who look up to me.”
“I want to feel confident when I go on my adventures.”
Take some time to mull over your why, or whys, and put it on paper. Then slap that motivating gold on a mirror or coffee maker so you’ll see it every day.
Phone a friend
Ideally, you can work out with a friend. It’s hard to let little excuses get in the way of your fitness goals when someone else is planning their day around working out with you.
But life gets busy, and sometimes coordinating a time to meet gets to be its own workout. So keep it simple and ask a friend if they’ll text you throughout the week to ask how your workout was.
If you both use the same video exercise program or app, you can stay in sync even if you can’t work out together.
Work for your rest day
Rest days are important times for your body to recharge and accept the changes you’re making through exercise. Rather than feeling guilty for taking days off from working out, think of them as the “weekend” you’re pushing toward throughout a challenging week of work.
Depending on where you’re at right now, that weekend may need to come after three days, and that’s great.
Imagine the progress you can make in a year if you can work out for three out of four days regularly!
Sometimes you need more than motivation
Exercise can feel impossible if the very weight you want to work off is making your fitness efforts too painful or exhausting to continue.
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