5 Easy Ways To Boost Workout Motivation
So how do to boost workout motivation? The first question you must ask yourself is, “Why Am I choosing exercise in the first place?”. Then define a clear reason/goal around it. There are so many different reasons, and people rarely have the same one. Not to mention your reasons/goals will change over time. You may have started out wanting to lose a few pounds or build strength, but now perhaps you just require regular workouts to feel good and reduce stress.
Keep records of everything you achieve (both the good days and not-so-good ones) In time, you’ll see what you did right and wrong. Once the results become visible -on paper, in the mirror, clothes fit, etc. – obtaining your goal becomes much easier.
Determine Your Fitness Goal, Then Write It Down (really do it)
The first question you must ask yourself is, “Why am I choosing to be healthy and exercise in the first place?”. Then define a clear reason/goal around it (it has to be strong, compelling, and make you feel good). There are so many different reasons, and people rarely have the same one: upcoming wedding, feeling depressed, not being able to take care of the family, looking better, feeling better… Not to mention your reasons/goals will change over time as you change and grow. You may have started out wanting to lose a few pounds or build strength and flexibility, but now perhaps you just require regular workouts to feel good and reduce stress, or you are training for a competition.
Keep records of everything you achieve (both the good days and not-so-good ones) In time, and you’ll see what you did right and what you have to change. Once the results become visible -on paper, in the mirror, clothes fit etc – obtaining your goal becomes much easier and more existing.
Visualize Your Success
We talk about this part all the time! Another big step toward staying motivated is visualizing whatever it is you’re looking to achieve. Your ideal body shape, your level of strength and flexibility, and how fantastic your look in your favorite clothing. Even the compliments from others.
A unique study found that people who only visualized their performance prior to testing saw a nearly 15% increase in strength.
Give Yourself The Right Kind Of Pep Talk
Self-talk is an awesome motivational tool, but you’ve got to do it right. Research suggests that talking to yourself in the second person is actually far more effective than chatting yourself up in the first. So next time you’re feeling sluggish, tell yourself, “You’re going to crush this.” instead of “I will crush this long run,” or “You got this, champion,” instead of “I can do this.” Trust me, it works.
Replay Your Personal Fitness Highlights And Achievements
Remember that time you absolutely crushed that workout and felt like a superhero on top of the mountain afterward? Yeah, pull whatever zen voodoo magic you need to put that memory top of mind the next time you’re staring down your dumbbells.
Get Your Workout Clothes On
This personal secret of mine. One thing that really motivates me to get sweating without fail is workout clothes I really love. Toss your old buggy sports shirts and high school sweats (like, right now) and treat yourself to cute and sexy workout clothes or new running shoes. If you feel good in your activewear, you’re more likely to get excited about breaking a sweat.
Wellness is about finding the unique combination of healthy habits and practices that work best for you. It’s about opening your mind to new ideas, trying new things, and figuring out what you like and don’t like. Boosting your workout motivation begins with self-study and self-trust when you make a small promise to yourself and keep on completing one step at a time.
And there is always to remember that we only get one body, and it needs to last us a lifetime.