Let’s be honest, not everyone has the motivation to work out all of the time, especially with winter setting in.
Those cold, dark and wet mornings will soon be the norm and crawling out of your comfy pit to go and workout can be a tedious task.
If you find yourself to be one of these people, then here’s 5 quick tips you can use to boost your motivation to exercise.
You don’t have to exercise on your own. Why not join forces with your partner, friend or work colleague to workout and encourage each other along the way.
This can change your mindset towards exercise dramatically; don’t think about it as a workout, see it as you’re going to meet your friend for a catch up. The more people you can connect with whilst exercising, the more likely you’ll look forward to going to see them for a workout.
After all, its easy to hit that snooze button and rollover back to sleep if the only person you’re letting down is yourself, but if hitting the snooze button means your friend will be waiting for you at the gym on their own, I’d put money on you lacing up your trainers and making your way to the gym.
This is probably one of the most overlooked aspects of health and fitness in the general population. The majority of people who exercise do just that, exercise.
They have no specific plan or target to work towards, they just turn up, get sweaty and go home. So what happens when they get bored of just getting sweaty? That’s right, they jack it in. But if they had a target to work towards they’d be more motivated to stick at it.
When goal setting, it’s important to have ambitious yet realistic goals, these can be anything from fitting into that old pair of jeans, running your first 10k race or losing 5kg. Whatever it is, write it down, put a date to complete it by and revisit it everyday to remind yourself of how important it is to you. Have small milestones along the way to track your progress and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals. Exchange your goals with your training partner and be accountable to each other to reach these goals.
Personally I love the gym, hence why I chose a career as a personal trainer, but I know that the gym isn’t for everyone and I don’t expect it to be, after all everyone is their own person.
For me, I don’t enjoy hockey, so I don’t play it, simple as that. So why do people force themselves to go to the gym when they hate it so much? There’s a plethora of other activities you could do besides going to the gym that you might actually enjoy doing, here’s a few: cricket, rugby, yoga, pilates, football, mountain biking, cycling, running, hiking, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, skateboarding, tennis, swimming, badminton, volleyball, squash, dodgeball, dancing, American football, softball, baseball, dog walking, trampolining, gymnastics, table tennis, surfing, extreme ironing (yep, that’s a thing), basketball, ice hockey, lawn bowls – ok I think you get the picture!
In all seriousness though, exercise releases endorphins (happy hormones), can help aid weight loss, maintaining strong bones and muscles, increase energy levels and can help you sleep better. So it makes sense that you do it on a regular basis, and you’re more likely to do that if you’re doing something you enjoy doing.
Creating good behaviour patterns can be the missing link to you staying motivated and can help eradicate some of those excuses you tell yourself to not exercise.
Firstly, pack your gym bag before you go to bed so in the morning you can’t ‘accidentally on purpose forget your kit’.
Secondly, prepare some healthy lunches for 2 or 3 days in advance to skip the mid-day trip to Pret for a baguette.
Lastly, at the beginning of each week, set aside times in your diary for exercise, having them planned into your week where you know you’ll be able to exercise will increase your chances of actually going. If you’re new to this then maybe try to exercise twice a week, once you’ve completed twice a week for a few weeks then move up to three times a week.
Going all in five or six times a week at the beginning can set you up for failure. Making incremental changes to your daily routine can be adhered to far easier as opposed to completely changing it.
If you plan your workouts for lunchtime or after work, but struggle to get motivated for them or you find you have too many distractions I.e unexpected work meeting, a spontaneous invite to lunch or just a stressful day in the office; then this one’s for you.
Pencil in your activity for first thing in the morning, not only are there less reasons for you not to get a bout of exercise in, but there’s also a myriad of health benefits too. The boost of endorphins will put you in a better mood so you can approach your day with a much more positive attitude.
Getting out in natural sunlight early in the morning also resets your circadian rhythm (your bodies wake and sleep cycle), doing this for 15 minutes in the morning can also increase your melatonin levels in the evening to help you get an even better nights sleep.
*Motivation for exercise won’t always come from your inner self, so surround yourself with like minded people who will encourage you along the way. Put all of these tips together and you’ll have the motivation to get up out of bed and get active. At Number1 we provide personal training in London and strive to educate, motivate and get results in a way that is sustainable. For more information get in touch today.*