6 Ways To Stay Motivated To Exercise Regularly
Knowing that exercise is good for you is one thing, but keeping on doing it is another. You will never get out of that “I’ll just do it tomorrow or the next day,” type of mindset if you do not have the proper motivation. So time to get out of bed!
Vivotion has prepared you a list of the six things you need to stay motivated to exercise regularly, and there is no room among them for excuses.
1. Change the Way You Think About Exercise
Most of the time, people work out for aesthetic purposes — lose 20 lbs, look skinnier, achieve a larger butt, and build six packs. In a lot of these instances, people will only keep hitting the gym until frustration draws them out for failing to see immediate results.
The truth is, that’s not even a problem! Mindset is everything, and the only thing you need to change is your mindset. Achieving a fabulous physique is only one among the various benefits of exercise, and it’s not even on top of the list.
You see, exercise impacts your health in many ways that are not even related to weight loss. Relieving stress and anxiety; reducing disease risks; strengthening your heart; and improving your mood, sleep, metabolism and digestion are way higher on that list of benefits.
Once you change the purpose of your exercise from an obligation to look good to the choice of living a healthy life, there is a bigger chance you’ll stay on your workout routine and appreciate the process.
So do away with the idea of ‘NOT NEEDING’ regular exercise. Some people think that working out is only for those who want to lose weight and be fashion models.
If you are one of them, you’re definitely on the wrong path! Lack of exercise is what decreases your stamina, makes you feel tired all the time, leads to depression, weakens your immune system and a list more.
2. Set Realistic Goals
Working out should not come in the form of punishment or torture. If you are about to start hitting the gym and are aiming to work out for three hours a day, lift magnificent weights, and do hundreds of squats, you’re being too ambitious and would probably fail.
For starters, walking 10 minutes a day for five days would be a great short-term goal. After completing a short-term goal, you can push through with the intermediate level such as walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
When the warm-up is over, and you think your body and mind is ready to do more, that is when you start creating a long-term plan.
For a healthy adult, the Department of Health and Human Services suggests that you take at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic routine a week.
A combination of both is also a good workout plan. Make sure you incorporate strength training exercises on all major muscle groups into your fitness at least twice a week.
3. Be Creative and Make Sure to Have Fun
Fun fact: Working out is not limited to the gym, running a marathon, and yoga. You always have the choice to incorporate what you love doing with your fitness routine.
Sports, for example, is an excellent kind of workout you can choose to do. If you are aiming for overall fitness, swimming would be an excellent pick. You can also try boxing, squash, cycling, tennis, gymnastics or basketball with a group of friends.
Aside from sports, there are a lot more types of physical activities that are out of the ordinary. The best examples include ballet, ultimate frisbee, trampoline workout, aquaspinning, pole dancing, and Zumba.
For the more adventurous types, you can try hiking, rock climbing, trapeze, rowing and trail biking.
Also, humans, by nature, need change and variety to stay motivated. Since there are unlimited types of exercises you can try, you should not limit your routine to only one.
Trying on a variety of workouts can mean a lot of fun, as well as produce better fitness results. Whether you’re taking up a toning class or running trails, you can learn a series of choreographies each week as well as take different hills every season.
4. Make physical activity part of your daily routine
If it’s hard to find time for exercise, don’t fall back on excuses. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity.
You can also slip in physical activity throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk up and down sidelines while watching the kids play sports. Take a walk during a break at work. Pedal a stationary bike or do strength training exercises while you watch TV at night.
Research has found that sitting for long periods may negatively affect your health, even if you otherwise get the recommended amount of weekly activity.
If you sit for several hours a day at work, aim to take regular breaks during the day to move, such as walking to the water fountain to get a drink of water or standing during phone conversations.
5. Make Use of Some Support From Friends
Sharing common interests with them is a great way to keep looking forward to what you are doing, and in this case, carrying out fitness routines.
Aside from the amusement they bring, a little encouragement (or a little positive peer pressure) from others when you feel like giving up would be a great help.
If you do not yet have a friend or relative to start working out with, you can consider joining social communities consisting of trainers, enthusiasts, nutritional experts — and people like you who are trying to start a healthy lifestyle.
Take advantage of the internet! Various websites and online groups offer memberships on fitness activities such as biking clubs, yoga classes and social fitness programs. You’ll never be out of options if the willingness to try is on your side.
Working out with a friend can also bring out your competitive side. When you’re about to give up, the sight of a friend powering on might be the only thing you need to keep going. Who said peer pressure was only negative?
6. Reward Yourself
Remember: Living an active and healthy lifestyle should not feel like a punishment if you want to keep going. Reward yourself once you complete even the simplest parts of your routine until you can accomplish bigger goals.
An example of a short term reward is savouring the great feeling that exercise gives you after finishing a session. This is an internal and straightforward benefit that can make you commit to a long term of regular exercise.
External rewards are also useful. After reaching a more difficult and longer range goal, treat yourself with the things you want such as booking a travel date, getting a new pair of running shoes, or just a day of complete, sound rest.