Have a tangible goal that requires increased strength or endurance that only exercise can supply. If the goal includes others, you won't want to let them down by not completing your exercise program.
Get enough sleep. Fatigue can kill your resolve.
Decide under what conditions you can either make a workout lighter or skip it altogether. Write them down as specifically as possible. When I want to skip, check your list. Listen to your body. Lightening the workout is better than a complete skip.
Workout with a friend or trainer.
Pick activities you enjoy.
2) Make it fun and fit it naturally into my day. Dancing around, doing some stretches, going for a little walk and just cleaning around the house are simple activities I can do any day, any time, with no special equipment for free, made even better with some music or a good podcast or audiobook.
As for dancing, I just free dance (move my body to the music any way I feel like – it's fun!). I have a playlist of my favourite songs. I started with 3 songs (approx 10 mins). That's it! Each week I increased by one by one song and now doing 9 to 10 song sets (approx. 30 mins). I found that to get motivated is do what you like and you're comfortable doing. 🙂
I personally change my exercises every 2-3 weeks. For example I do yoga for 2 weeks, do walking/running the next 2 weeks, do dance routine the next 2 and so on and so forth.
This is very effective for weight loss as well. When you do the same exercises over and over, your body gets habituated to it. And at one point body stops losing any fat and only keeps maintaing the current weight.
If you're having trouble getting moving, tell yourself you'll just get dressed and see how you feel, then you'll just put on shoes. Once you do that, you may as well try five or ten minutes of moving. Then you're on your way!
Good luck with your journey man, stick with it 🙂
Start small until its a habit then expand. Use fabulous workouts as a beginning then you can fix your workout routine for your needs later on.
When the time that you decided on comes, just do it. Don't think about it. Just do it.
1. Have a workout friend with a set time to meet. We do 5:30 am because otherwise it won't get done.
2. We exercise outdoors and I tell my friend I'll just be there (w/my big dog for protection) so if she can't make it, I'm still already up and ready to go unless I tell her otherwise
3. On the occasions when I don't get a great/good workout in, I just move on and try again the next day.
4. I lay out my workout clothes the night before and get up and listen to Pandora when I'm getting ready
5. Taking my dog makes it more fun.
6. I practice mindfulness.
Being a student, and having a hard time accessing gyms – I had to devote myself to home training. But after cases of me not liking the workouts, I just thought working out wasn't for me. After a while, I searched up loads of workouts and made a playlist. I tried all of them to see which one I enjoyed doing, and luckily I found some that were to my level.
Depending on your fitness level – I truly believe that everyone will have a fitness routine they enjoy whether it be a light walk to an intense gym session. Customize it to your level, and focus area of your body that you want to change the most. For beginners, I recommend starting off with a light full body workout and doing that for two weeks or so until your body is used to working out.
Motivate yourself by setting up reminders. I motivated myself by putting my dream body as my wallpaper. It reminds me of my goal. It will be hard at times, but I believe the true way to motivate yourself is to say, "I will workout right now." Instead of "I should…"
If with exercise you mean workout and not sports than I think the people are still really important. But the other part still applies. If you have a sport you really like doing – say parkour – than you probably want to exercise more, in order to get better at that sport – thereby moving your motivation from external things like "exercise makes you look better" anf from distant future promises like "it's good for your health" to a intrinsic motivator (get better at the sport you love)
1. Having a great playlist or some music to get me feeling upbeat (even if I only listen to it on my way to gym and not while I’m working out.
2. Measuring tiny elements to compete with myself and giving me a view of my progress even if it’s not reflected in my weight. Things like heart rate, top speed, or even just doing the same yoga routine and seeing how I’ve improved over time. Those things make me feel like I’m achieving something, even if it’s not obvious yet. I’ve done this manually with a spreadsheet before, and now have a Fitbit which is great for tracking these micro changes.
Some other things that have helped:
– Thinking about steaming after a gym session. Makes working out feel like a treat and gives me something tangible to look forward to that’s not hard work.
– Aaptiv is a really great app for fitness sessions. I’ve tried lots but this is the best because it’s entirely audio. It’s too tricky to watch videos while working out but a coaches voice guiding you is perfect.
– I can’t afford it anymore, but I did have a personal trainer before which was wonderful. A brilliant motivator.
Honestly I try new things all the time to keep it interesting – Kung fu, boxing, running, all different types of yoga, boot camps, spinning – if I find something I like, I’ll do it a lot. And then when I get bored, I look for something new.
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