Keeping yourself motivated to exercise can be quite tricky, especially if you’re not the active type and you tire easily. Often, it’s harder to find motivation to exercise than to diet, because the results take longer to show. It may take months of systematic exercising to see any changes on your body, that is why many people quit exercising. Here are a few tips you can keep in mind whenever you feel like you need a little morale boost.
Turn exercising into a social experience
It’s easier to keep yourself motivated when you’re exercising with friends. Not only you can support each other in your quest to live healthy, but you can actually have some fun and enjoy yourselves while working out. Gather a bunch of friends or co-workers and you can even organize sports competitions. Who doesn’t want to be on the winning team? Taking your best friend for a morning jog could give you two a chance to catch up and bond and who knows, it might turn into a healthy routine. If you’re married, or you live with your partner, encourage them to join you to the gym, you want to spend some time together, so why not make it quality time?
Details do matter
Shopping for fancy workout costumes might seem useless, after all, you could just wear your old sweat pants and you boyfriend’s baggy t-shirt, right? Actually, you’d be surprised to know that having your own special workout clothes helps you exercise more often. I mean, it would be a shame to let those pretty, pink, sparkly Victoria’s Secret workout pants remain unused. Plus, investing in special equipment: clothes, yoga mats, exercise balls, will motivate you to get up off the couch and make sure the money you spent isn’t money wasted.
Planning is the key to success
Squeezing in workout sessions in your tight schedule might be a serious challenge. However, you can’t simply say “I’ll find some time to work out next week”. You need to take a good look at your daily routine and figure out when the best time for exercising is. If you’re not a morning person, there’s no point in planning to go jogging at 6 A.M. and if your work keeps you at the office until late, it’s useless to imagine you’ll go to the gym after that. You need to be realistic about when the right time to exercise is and write it down in your agenda. Treat exercising like you would an important meeting, it’s something you need to attend and something you need to responsible about. If you’re going to the gym with some friends, it should be easier to stay motivated, since it increases the likelihood of compliance.
Remember that any type of exercise is good for you: biking, swimming, playing tennis or even dancing, choose something you enjoy doing and have fun with it.