To motivate yourself try having a reward system. If you do say, ten minutes of exercise everyday for one week have a bowl of ice cream. If you do it for a second week in a row you get another bowl of ice cream (or whatever treat you like that’s not to big) and so on. Just don’t beat yourself up if you don’t manage to do it everyday for a whole week. Start small (maybe four days in a row) and get bigger slowly.
It’s hard to stay motivated, so I write down my goal and put it on my bathroom mirror, on my nightstand, on the welcome screen of my phone, etc. So I ALWAYS see it. And after exercising, I always allow myself a little treat, like a square of chocolate or 1-2 gummy bears (I have a sweet tooth!)
These are simple and easy to do exercises. I start with the squats as it's the easiest of the three. Then once I am moving pushups or pullups are so much easier to start.
I often look at my body in the mirror and celebrate my progress of my fitness and strength. This moment of appreciation helps me to keep reminding that I need to keep doing my exercises and keep increasing the sets and reps to keep improving.
After getting this incorporated to your day will make any other excercises easier. Eg martial arts, squash etc.
For shorter workouts I like to do HIIT (high intensity interval training) which are generally between 10-20 minutes for me.
The last piece is motivation – the above both help, but ultimately, I keep coming back to exercise every day as an act of devotion to myself and care for my body. Days when I don’t feel like it are days when I need to show myself that love and respect the most, even if I choose an easier or shorter class. Coming at exercise and nutrition from the perspective of deserving care, taking responsibility for my own care, and gentle, compassionate self love and respect have been life changing. It’s no longer a battle every day, more like a gentle hug that I give myself.
Hope that helps 🙂 (also, just a reminder, you are wonderful!)
- What do you do for exercise when you are sick or under the weather?
- What have other people done to break the habit of snoozing in the morning?
- Do evening soccer practices count as exercise?
- How do you keep yourself motivated in the first few weeks where you can’t really see the difference despite putting in the effort?
- Do you use a device to track your exercise? How is that working for you?
- How do you get past feeling overwhelmed when you see your friends running several miles each day?
- What are your favorite moves to get your heart pumping when working out? (Burpees, Chair Pose, Jump Rope, etc)
- Do you eat breakfast first thing in the morning?
- What’s your favorite exercising music? Send me some good songs.
- When do you think is the best time of day to work out?