We all need a push at times and need some extra motivation in order to exercise. It doesn’t matter if we know exercise is necessary and good for us. But here’s the thing, there’s no limit to the number of chances you get to start exercising again. If you give up or skip week after week, try again! Once you finish that daily workout, you’ll be glad you did!!! I did some research and compiled a list of motivation Tips for exercising…
Take a Picture Place a picture of how you currently look and find a picture of how you want to look and place it somewhere you can’t miss seeing it everyday. Now carry on with your program and hang up a new picture every 4 weeks. The changes you see will provide you with motivation.
This is the picture I use as my motivation…
Write down your Reasons Sit down now and write a list of all the reasons you are following your program along with your specific, reasonable goal and time-frame. You might post this beside your ‘before’ picture and read it every morning. This will provide much reinforcement and motivation to exercise. Your healthy lifestyle must be constantly in your mind, especially during the first, habit forming, 3 weeks.
Setting Goals So how can simply setting a goal be motivating? Setting a goal, for example…’to lose 15 lbs by the middle of next month takes you from merely wishing and dreaming to heading toward a specific, reasonable target. The deadline will push you to get the most out of your exercise and nutrition program. When you reach your goal, and you will, set a new, specific goal to take you to the next level.
Start Small – Trying to run fifteen miles your first workout isn’t a good way to build a habit. Work below your capacity for the first few weeks to build the habit. Otherwise you might scare yourself off after a brutal workout.
Stress relief Wound up after a long day at the office? Get out and work off that stress. It makes a world of difference.
Time for you While many people make time to take care of others (kids, spouse, other family, co-workers, boss), they don’t often make time to take care of themselves. Instead, make your “you” time a priority, and don’t miss that exercise appointment.
Make it Fun – If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it is going to be hard to keep it a habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise, so don’t give up if you’ve decided lifting weights or doing crunches isn’t for you. Many large fitness centers will offer a range of programs that can suit your tastes. Doing a sport is another fun way of exercise that can be fun and won’t necessary “feel” like your exercising
Get a Buddy – Grab a friend to join you. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the exercise habit.
Poor Health and Disease Exercise can help ward off many sicknesses and DISsease. Take control of your health and start exercising before your doctor and/or your body tells you you HAVE to.
Motivational quotes Print them out , read them often, or put them on my computer desktop.
Look good! If you feel good, chances are you’ll want to show it off. Think of all the compliments you’ll get! Buy yourself some outfits that make you feel good–things you WANT to put on.