How to Get Motivated to Exercise
Exercise. It’s something that we all know we should be doing, but something we can also be really good at avoiding.
Regular exercise plays a crucial part in our overall health and wellbeing from giving us more energy to paving the way to a great night’s sleep.
There are plenty of reasons (and let’s face it – excuses) for not being motivated to get up, get dressed, and make time to get our bodies moving. “It’s too cold outside” …”I hate exercising”…
”my favourite show just dropped a new season on Netflix”…
So, how do you bite the procrastination bullet and get motivated to exercise?
Get dressed in your workout gear
Find your brightest and best workout clothes and pop them on. This action means you’re pretty much halfway there and there’s only one more step – get moving! Dressing in your workout gear motivates you to get active and serves as a close, constant reminder that you should exercise. You can change back into your comfy clothes later!
Beat that negative mindset
To some, just the word ‘exercise’ triggers instant exhaustion and negative connotations. Shifting your perspective and emotions attached to exercising is one of the biggest motivators (and hurdles). You don’t have to adore exercise or turn into an athlete; you just have to shift your mindset from it being your most dreaded activity to something that will make you feel great, healthy, and set a good example for people around you.
Mix it up
Exercising doesn’t have to be in a stuffy gym environment where you’re comparing yourself to others or paranoid that everyone’s watching you and putting you down. Exercise comes in many forms! Dancing, a nice walk along the beach, playing sport, swimming, riding a bike… the list goes on! Mix up your exercise routine so you don’t get bored or tired of the repetition.
Goalsetting is an incredibly powerful tool. When you set yourself a goal, you immediately start feeling motivated to achieve it. You’re challenging yourself and visualising the outcome you want from doing it. Every step in your exercise journey takes you closer and closer to that goal and drives you to reach it and be the best version of yourself.