If you’re like me, you’ve had times when circumstances forced you to place your exercise on hold. Perhaps you’ve sustained an injury, or had to do some travelling away from your gym. How to get motivated to exercise again, after you’ve been off for a while? Here is how I motivate myself.
Even the most disciplined people experience periods when they feel completely unmotivated. This is natural. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to get motivated. One of the best methods for self-motivation is the anticipation of desired results.
How you are going to feel after the exercise
Working out makes you feel good. After a hectic day at the office, it will help you to relax and unwind from stress. It will release endorphins into your system which will give you a natural euphoric sensation. Exercise will give you more energy during the days that follow, and help you rest better at nights.
How you are going to look after the exercise
Let’s face it, we enjoy knowing that we look fit. It’s a psychological side effect of taking a good care of yourself. It increases your self esteem, making you feel confident. If you live in a worm climate, you know how good it feels to show off a little skin when you are in good shape.
How you will achieve your weight goals after the exercise
I rarely use a scale to judge my weight. Usually I know by the way my clothes fit me. When those belt notches start showing up, I know that I’m on the right track. You may want to fit into a certain dress or a suit that’s been hanging in your closet for a while. Or perhaps you’ve had your eyes on that new outfit at a store.
Your fitness goals
A good way to motivate yourself is by setting fitness goals. If you are a runner or a cyclist, you may want to measure your performance before, and then after you’ve been exercising. Depending on your sport, you should see an increase in your speed, endurance and strength.
Perhaps you play competitive sports. Following an exercise program, you will notice a progress in your performance level. Most likely, your teammates will notice it also. This should serve as an additional motivating factor to continue exercising.
Brag about it on your blog
You can also get motivation by announcing your fitness and exercises goals to the readers on your blog, or your friends on a social network. You can then anticipate bragging about the goals after you’ve reached them. Just make sure those goals are attainable.
Just show up to the gym
Look, this may as well be the first and the only point of this post. Showing up is 90% of getting it done! No matter how you feel, simply getting yourself into the car and driving to the gym will accomplish your goal. After you’ve exercised for a few minutes, you’ll wonder why you were ever hesitant to come in.
And then, you will develop that exercises habit. You know, the one where you need to exercise, and skipping a workout makes you feel guilty. If you’re going to have any kind of habit, this is the one to get!
Live well. Vlad