Some things are easier to find motivation for than others. Responding to an early morning alarm clock ring or heading out on job interviews can be easy for some, but a motivational chore for others. The same can be true when it comes to exercising.
While some people look forward to exercising, others need some extra psychological or motivational push to get them going. If you’re one of those struggling with your fitness motivation, how do you find ways to inspire yourself to keep going, to start feeling excited about what you’re trying to accomplish? Let’s take a look at some of the proven techniques for motivating even the most unresponsive among us to commit to their fitness goals.
Are You Truly Suffering from a Lack of Motivation?
Before we begin, let’s ask a question: what if some of these folks don’t actually suffer from a genuine lack of motivation? Motivation refers to having the ability to make a commitment to a solid exercise regimen, such as having:
- Physical endurance
- Daily stamina
- High energy levels
- The determination to accomplish your goals
Many of us have that but don’t often recognize it, because we take those attributes for granted. But think about your daily routine. If you have a rough commute to get through each day, you always find the motivation to endure it. If you love shopping and know your favorite shops will be crowded, you still find the motivation to brave the lines. The bottom line is the end result — succeeding at our careers or purchasing what we want — helps us find the motivation to do it.
So when it comes to your fitness goals, the first thing to think about is your mindset. For some, it can be difficult to find workout motivation if you don’t truly believe you’re going to accomplish anything or achieve success. If that’s you, then it’s important to remind yourself of what your goals are, whether it’s losing weight, getting more fit, or enhancing your health.
How Can You Get Motivated to Work Out?
While it’s easy to think about how great it would be to get in shape, the hard part is getting there, and it can take months before even the most vigorous workout really starts to show the results you were hoping for. That’s when the itch to start making excuses or putting it off gets loudest.
But that doesn’t mean it won’t be well worth it in the long run. Consider following these motivational tips:
1. Remind Yourself How Much You Want This
Want motivation? Keep thinking about the reward. If you truly want to be physically fit, don’t take no for an answer and remind yourself that you won’t be happy until you get there. If you can apply that same motivation to your career or your family, you can do it for your fitness goals as well.
2. Adopt Routines with Flexibility
If you’ve got a busy schedule and can’t always make it to the gym, don’t let that become an excuse for not exercising. Look for alternative workouts that are easy to do anywhere — at your gym, at home, or even in a hotel room during a business trip.
3. Exercise Any Time That Boredom Sets In
We all have times during the week when we start to feel bored, and it seems like we’re stuck in a rut looking for something to do. Use those times for exercise. That’s particularly true if you’re feeling fit and full of energy, and that’s why you’re suddenly looking for activity. Those are the perfect times to motivate yourself for your exercise plan.
4. Find Friends to Work Out With
A great way to find motivation is by exercising with others, especially friends you enjoy seeing on a daily basis. At that point, it becomes more than you exercising — it also becomes a way to socialize and even to expand your circle of friends. Even if you can’t always make it to a gym, find friends who have similar schedules and go biking together, play tennis, or find other fitness activities the two of you can enjoy together.
5. Stick With a Positive Attitude
Thinking positive is a great way to develop the motivation you need because staying positive allows you to keep focusing on your success. Positive thinking also allows you to find pleasure in your exercise plan and to feel more energized afterward.
Finding fitness inspiration can be challenging at first, but once you establish routines that work for you and shift your mindset, you can achieve anything you set out to do.
You can also challenge yourself with a fitness plan like the ones available at RFT Coaching. An experienced personal trainer can help you feel motivated to stick with your routines and to make sure your workouts are fun.
Schedule Your First Personal Coaching Session with RFT Coaching
Ready to begin your physical fitness goals? Then schedule your first personal coaching session today. At RFT Coaching, our certified personal trainers Matt and Jenny are committed to helping their clients achieve their best physical fitness.
If you’re ready to get started with a personal coach, call 801-685-6001 or contact us online today. We’re waiting for your call and can’t wait to meet you and help you succeed.