8 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

By Joan Gamboa – Source

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October 14, 2021

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Exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps with weight loss, heart health, and mental well-being. 

The benefits of exercise are many and can be seen in both the short term and long term. Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, colon cancer, breast cancer, depression and obesity. The list just keeps going on and on! 

Exercise is not something that people start doing one day or stop the next. It is a commitment to yourself that requires work to maintain it over time. And to do it, we need a strong motivation. 

Is motivation that important? 

Motivation is key to getting any exercise done. It can be difficult to get started and to continue with your exercises, but with motivation you are more likely to succeed. 

Do you know what are the top four reasons why people stop exercising? They cite boredom, lack of time, no routine, or feeling sluggish or tired as their main reasons for stopping exercise. However, a person who is really motivated to do exercise will not find or cite any of these reasons to stop. 

Exercising can be difficult for some people, especially when they are not motivated enough. This is why we should find ways to motivate ourselves to exercise instead of waiting for motivation to come naturally. 

Here are some tips on motivation to exercise:  

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1) Set a schedule - set times that you will work out and stick with them!

Establishing a schedule is crucial for people who want to find the time to work out. When we set a time and a place that we will work out, we are much more likely to do it. 

Working out can have great benefits for your physical and emotional health. But with busy schedules, people can find it difficult to dedicate time for a workout. Establishing a workout schedule is not just important for those who want to get in shape, but also for people who want to find the time to work out. 

The key is flexibility. People should build their schedule around what they actually need at any given moment in order to have enough time for workouts. This means that people should be able to prioritize their exercise goals over other things that are unnecessary.  

The best way to stick with your schedule is by making sure that you can’t make any excuses. If you have an hour in the morning, set your alarm clock and don’t let yourself stay in bed just because you are tired. And when it’s evening, turn off your phone and go straight home after work. 

Sticking with a workout schedule can be difficult if you don’t have one already established. The key is to make it part of your daily routine and follow through on it at all costs, even if you’re tired or busy because of other commitments. 

2) Reward yourself after your workout - give yourself something that you enjoy like a smoothie or snack!

Every time you workout, it is important to reward yourself in order to stay motivated. This reward can be anything that you enjoy – a smoothie or snack for example. 

Rewards work because they satisfy your craving as well as your need to feel accomplished after completing a task. They also provide a sense of accomplishment, which is why rewarding yourself with something like ice cream after working out not only satisfies your sweet tooth but builds on the positive feelings of completing your workout. 

In addition, rewards provide an excellent opportunity for self-care and self-compassion. When we take care of ourselves, we are able to put more energy into the activities that we engage in which benefits everyone around us and increases our own happiness in life. 

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3) Find an exercise partner - this can help with accountability as well as making exercising more enjoyable!

Exercise can be tough for many people, and it can be hard to keep up with.  

One of the best ways to keep up with exercising is to find a reliable partner. Getting someone to keep you accountable for your desired exercise routine can be a huge help. You’ll know that no matter what, there will always be someone there for you. 

Finding the right partner to work out with can be difficult. It is important to find someone who has similar goals and fitness levels as you have. 

Once you find one, your partner can get you in great shape and provide a much-needed social outlet. 

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4.) Track your progress- see how far you are from your old self.

Tracking progress is important in order to push yourself to achieve your goals. It helps you stay motivated and improve your skills. 

It will help you see the changes and better understand how much and how hard you need to work in order to get the results that you want.  

If you want to lose weight, your goal should be to lose a pound a week. For this reason, it is important to weigh yourself and keep track of your progress. This way you can stay motivated to continue losing weight because you will see the progress being made. 

It also helps you see what exercises are most helpful and are not. 

5.) Take a break from your phone or social media- and see the things you can do!

In today’s world, we are all so glued to our phones or social media feeds. We might not realize it but the dopamine rush we get from scrolling through our feed is addictive and when we take a break from it, it can motivate us to do more exercise. 

Taking a social media break can help you feel more motivated to exercise. 

A recent study found that “those who took a break from social media reported greater motivation for exercise than those who did not.” The research was conducted by the University of Missouri and it examined how social media, specifically Facebook, impacted people’s feelings about exercise. 

Another study shows that if you take a break and walk away from your phone for just 5 minutes every hour, you can increase your physical activity by 33%. While another study found that people who went an entire day without using their phones increased their physical activity by 44%. 

So, give yourself a break.  

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6. Find the fun in it - enjoy!

Some people don’t like to exercise because they find it boring, so we thought of a list of tips to help you find the fun in it and make exercising more enjoyable. 

-Try new exercises: 

It’s not always easy to find time for a workout routine, but you can always squeeze in a quick workout by using different exercises that are less strenuous such as doing yoga, pilates or cycling instead of running on the treadmill for an hour every day. 

-Beware of the weather: 

If you’re planning on going outside for a run or some other form of exercise, beware of the weather. It’s never good to go out when there is rain or snow because it’s unsafe and makes your physical exertion more difficult. 

“Knowing that you are doing something that you enjoy is the best motivation to keep doing it.” 

People will get motivated if they enjoy what they are doing. People who work in a job that they enjoy will be more productive and be more likely to stay with their company for a long time. 

It is important to note the difference between being “happy” and “satisfied.” 

Satisfaction means that one has reached some goal, whereas happiness means feeling good at the moment. So, if we find out what makes us happy, then we can try to satisfy ourselves with those things and then we might not need as many other types of motivation. 

7. Be flexible- take it easy!

People are motivated by the idea of doing something new. This is why we see people get more and more excited about their exercise plans every week. 

Being flexible is not a trait that most people have. But it is something that all of us should work on, as it will make us much happier and less stressed out in our day to day lives. 

A flexible person is someone who can adjust to a variety of situations and change their minds without feeling inconvenienced or disappointed. Flexible people have an ability to handle changes in their lives, from the big to the small. They also know how to make decisions without feeling anxious or stressed. 

It’s important not to get discouraged if you don’t feel like working out one day or even two. Your body needs time to rest.  

Go easy on yourself if you need a break. 

8. Eat healthy foods- be healthy, be energized!

Eating unhealthy, processed, and high-sugar foods will leave your body feeling drained and deprived. At best, you will experience a sugar crash, which will leave you feeling lethargic and slowed down. At worst, you can be setting yourself up for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis and other serious health problems. 

The best way to motivate oneself to exercise is by eating healthy foods. 

This can be done by making a list of all the things that you enjoy eating and then finding healthier alternatives to these foods. As a start, try to remove some of the unhealthy foods from your diet. 

You should try to eat at least three meals per day that are made up of healthy foods and one or two snacks in between. This will help you stay full throughout the day, so you won’t feel like grabbing a donut or something sweet from the nearest grocery store. The key is finding what works for your body and adjusting accordingly as needed. 

Therefore, make sure you eat a balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables as well as the three macronutrients, which are protein, carbohydrates, and fat. 

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle, or just eat healthier, you need to make sure that you are getting the right macronutrients. Protein provides your body with the building blocks it needs for muscle repair and growth. Carbs provide energy and help maintain your brain activity. Fat is necessary to sustain life and keep organs functioning properly. 

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