Exercise Motivation tips So if you have just read my new blog on the importance of moving your body, then here are some tips to get you started and stay motivated.
Ok so whether you are a regular exerciser, triathlete, gym junkie or a newbie who is just wanting to get into shape and enjoy the benefits of exercise, everyone is bound to get into an exercise rut!!. You'll skip a workout and blame it on holidays, the cold or hectic work schedule or maybe you are just scared to get started or other reasons and constantly talk your way out of starting an exercise program, there is really no reason not to get started.
So hopefully these few motivation tips will help you get inspired to get going.
Get your mind on board
It's important to determine your why. Ask yourself why you stopped exercising or haven't started and move on from the reason.
It's always good to have a reason to exercise as it can keep you more focused and motivated. Look beyond stronger arms and dropping a pant size.
As mentioned earlier, exercise has far more amazing health benefits that inspire you to move.
Create a plan
Start small especially if it's been a while since you had a regular exercise program. Simply walking everyday can get you into a routine and excited about stretching your expectations.
Set goals and pencil them on paper. What gets written down is more likely to be done. An example might be that you will walk 30minutes everyday at 6.30am. Make this non-negotiable and prioritize it.
It's always a good idea to get a check up from a health professional before starting any exercise program. This is especially important if you have not exercised in along time or you are not recovering from an illness or injury. It's important to know your limitations, so that you have confidence to start.
Get some support
If you are a self starter and keep yourself motivated then that's great but for most of us having someone else to help with this is really critical for ongoing success.
This person might be a friend that you agree to meet at a certain time and place where you can exercise together. It could be a personal trainer that you know you need to keep an appointment with (this personally works for me). You could join a group class or session so that you get motivated by others. You don't have an I feel should not always do this on your own.
Let your family know your goals and plans so that they can support and help you keep on target. They can also give you encouragement to follow through. They will also be able to share in your success.
Break some bad habits
Become a morning person- not to reprimand evening exercises (squeezing in a workout anytime is awesome!) but being a AM exerciser has it's perks. It gets you up and knowing you have ticked off exercise from your list is a great feeling.
Reinforce healthy pursuits by constantly reminding yourself of your why and the rewards and benefits of moving the body. This will help you to not slip back into old habits.
Never miss a Monday. Studies show that people think about and do healthy activities more on Mondays than any other day of the week. So get moving on Mondays.
Give yourself a break
Practicing self care is important, we all value productivity in our days but sometimes we just need a break, both mentally and physically.
Muscle soreness is totally normal after an intense workout, but if you're feeling stiff all the time and constantly not feeling great, it might be time to take a rest day or two.
Watch for workout burnout - A routine that you can stick to is the best kind, but if it's taking away from other areas of your life, then it's important to identify this. Balance is equally important.
My last point is to focus on non-scale victories. Watching the kilo's drop on the scales is fantastic but there are other ways you can measure success. Whether it's glowing skin, more energy, greater vitality, better sleep, these off the scale victories show just how far you've come.