GET UP & GO
If lack of motivation to exercise is stopping you from getting in better shape, trust me – you are not alone. Many people want to get fitter and healthier but lack the motivation to get started. And even those who start exercising with a lot of enthusiasm can lose motivation after a few weeks. The truth is nobody is always in the mood to exercise, not even those super fit folk. At times they too can’t get off the sofa despite working out for years. Skipping one workout is not a big deal, but if you make it a regular occurrence it’s going to delay your progress.
Think fast – We’ve all had the inner conversation to decide whether to exercise or not. And it’s usually ends with the decision not to exercise. Instead of dragging your feet, make a speedy decision to exercise right away. Don’t overthink it. The more you dwell on a decision the harder it will be to decide. And you’ll mostly end up choosing the lazy op*on. This can also be applied in other aspects of life. Try it tomorrow morning. When the alarm rings immediately get up and stretch. Play music – Music has been scientifically proven to boost low mood. If you feel tired or in a low mood listen to your favourite music. It might be just what you need to get in the mood for a workout. If you don’t have one, make a workout playlist which you can listen to before and during exercise.
Start slow – You’ll never see marathon runners sprint at the start of a marathon. They start slow and keep a steady pace. It’s the same thing with exercise. If you start with too much intensity, you’ll quickly burn out. Start training moderately and give your body time to adjust to exercise. Start with 30 minute workouts, 3 times a week then advance the workouts as you feel better and get fitter.
Use Youtube – It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to be healthier, and a fantastic source of motivation. You can find a lot of inspirational videos which will lite your spirits and put you in the right frame of mind to exercise. In fact, some are made specifically for people who struggle to exercise.
Exercise to feel better – Bad mood and stress are major excuses for people not to exercise. While in reality they should be reasons to exercise. Exercise will improve your mood and get rid of stress. On the other hand, you will still be in a bad mood if you skip your workout. Put any bad feelings to one side and exercise…you’ll likely feel much be9er in the end.
Be accountable – We all need someone to encourage us when we start feeling lazy. This could be a workout partner, a personal trainer, a friend or a member of your family. Whoever it is, find someone who will make you push yourself and be accountable. Alternatively, you can join many online social groups for people who share the same goals as you.