You say you want to workout, but then…well, things come up and you just don’t do it. Are you in need of some motivation to exercise?
In a previous blog and video, I shared how much easier it is to stay consistent with your workouts when you’re doing something fun. My one-hour tap class goes a lot faster (and is way more fun) than a one-hour run. What kind of activity do you think is “fun”?
Three Tips: Motivation to Exercise
Here are three other ideas of how to motivate yourself to move more on a regular basis:
- Have a goal in mind. Growing up in New England, we hiked Mt Washington every summer. It was the highlight of my summer. My husband and I decided we were going to hike Mt Washington this past summer. At 6288 feet, it’s a full-day experience. And, let’s face it, living in (flat) Orlando doesn’t train you to hike a mountain. So I decided to take my workouts to the parking garage. It made it a lot easier to walk the ramps and stairs in a parking garage for 2+ hours because I was working out with a goal in mind. Your goal might be to run a 5K or 10K race, a mini-triathalon, or to just to keep up with the kids or grandkids. So, workout with a goal in mind is a great way to get motivation to exercise.
- Workout with a purpose – specific for that workout. We all know it’s hard it’s difficult to come up with creative ideas when we’re starring at the computer screen. So push away from the desk and move. It’s incredible how those ideas come to you. Use your workout to think about the next steps to the project, how to respond to that very difficult email. I use my workouts to come up with great ideas for my next video. So, tip #2 is to workout with a purpose that’s specific to that workout.
- Workout with a friend. If someone’s at the end of the street waiting for you for a 5AM run, you’re going to be there for them, right? They would do the same for you. You keep each other accountable. Also, you might want to sign up for two-for-one membership or training session at the gym. If you don’t have a friend who’s doing the things that you like to do, check out Meetup or get the app. There you can find people to do just about anything with. For example, I like to kayak, but when you kayak down river, how are you going to get back to your car? Well, join up a meetup group that’s kayaking that weekend. So if you need motivation to exercise, plan to workout with a friend. You’ll achieve your workout goal – and have more fun.
There you go – three tips for more motivation to exercise.
Watch the Video
In addition, I’ve got these tips in this short video. Be sure to share with friends.