Physical activity or exercises can improve your health condition and reduce the risks of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
Exercise can also have shorter and more immediate health benefits as well. Simply put, working out on a regular basis can improve the quality of your life.
However, getting to the local gym often feels like one of the hardest parts of any fitness program, especially in challenging weather conditions. Some days are usually great workout days.
On these days, you’ll feel energized, excited and motivated to get going. However, at times even going to the nearby gym seems like a very difficult task.
Despite of how you feel, there are techniques that you can use to shift your attitude towards your daily workout. These tips will make it easier for you to hit the gym while at the same time skyrocketing the quality of your workout. Here are 6 ways for motivating yourself to workout:
Pump Up the Music
What song usually makes it quite hard for you to stand still? That song will typically make for great workout music. When you are not feeling motivated to workout, this kind of upbeat music will literally make the difference.
Enjoyable songs will help brighten your mood.
They can also distract the mind from other things as you concentrate on your workout. As a matter of fact, the right songs have been shown to make workouts feel 10% easier!
Create a playlist of your favorite songs with a quick tempo. Remember, faster beats are the perfect mental distraction and they will subconsciously push you to keep up with the pace. As such, your workout session will feel a lot easier and you’ll even end up working harder.
Remember Your Goal
Why are you working out in the first place? Having a specific set goal that you are working towards will give every workout purpose. In the more difficult times of the workout it will be helpful to know that you are on a journey and not simply struggling for nothing.
Write your workout goals on sticky notes and then put them on a highly visible place. This will provide a passive reminder on what you’re going to accomplish with your workouts. Even a
simple goal like losing 5 lbs in a month can be good enough to improve the likelihood working out.
Grab a Workout Buddy
Exercises are always better when they are done with friends. There is nothing more motivating than the idea of knowing someone is eagerly waiting for you at your local gym. Besides helping you to avoid skipping exercise sessions when you are feeling unmotivated, workout buddies will also help you to work even harder than you might have on your own.
Ask one of your friends to be your partner and schedule workout times in advance that work for each of your schedules on a weekly basis. This will help to establish consistency which will help builds good workout habits for the two of you.
Visualize Your Workout
Visualization is a method used by most athletes to improve their performances. They usually picture themselves scoring the goal or winning the race, and they’re then more inclined to be successful.
The same principle will work for you as well. All you have to do is create a mental picture of the things that you’ll do in your workout, be it running, taking part in yoga classes or lifting weights. This process will increase your desire and urge to make that particular exercise happen.
Have a Reward
One of the hurdles to regular exercising is the mere fact that the ultimate goal (for instance losing weight, getting stronger or looking fitter) is by far removed from the workout itself. Results usually take time and one might just get impatient
That’s the reason why it’s so important to build rewards that will offer instant gratification after your exercise sessions.
Treating yourself with a cup of tea or a relaxing bath after working out can be a great way to appreciate your hard work. Even small rewards can be good enough motivation to get an exercise done on those days when you don’t feel like working out at all.
Find a Fitness Tribe
Let’s just face it: There’s no person who can pay you just to lift heavier loads, rack up a few more miles or do more squats — and science has proven it.
Researches in a study conducted by National Bureau of Economics found out that rewarding gym members with 30 or 60-dollar gift cards to exercise made little impact on their motivation to work out.
While this might appear like a good deal just for sweating, what ultimately inspires you to get moving is having a strong and supportive community. The high fives, words of encouragement and laughs from the bonds that people make are priceless things that you can’t get anywhere else.
From run clubs, fitness bootcamp services, and yogi circles to CrossFit boxes, there’s always a fitness squad that suits each and every person. Find a workout plan that will make you feel good while at the same time surrounding yourself with people who will help build your strength and confidence.
The benefits of exercising are just too many. From increasing your energy levels and improving muscle strength to helping you to maintain a healthy weight, you’re certain to reap a lot from your workout plan. And with the above tips, you’re sure to remain motivated for all your exercise sessions!
My name is John Welborn and I’m a personal fitness coach and fat loss specialist in the Portland/Fairview Oregon area. I specify in helping overweight and obese individuals transform their bodies, lives, reclaim their freedom and confidence, and reach the best shape of their lives. You can get in touch with me by checking out my fitness website.