Finding the motivation to exercise can be difficult. Even though many of us know that exercise is good for us, many of us would much rather spend our free time putting our feet up and relaxing. T help you to meet your exercise goals, here are a few ways in which you motivate yourself to work out.
Get a training buddy
Having someone to train with can be a great motivation. This turns exercise into an opportunity to socialize, plus you can offer each other encouragement if one of you isn’t feeling like training. It’s important to exercise with someone of a similar ability so that you’re not demotivated. Your training buddy also needs to be keen enough to train as regularly as you do – you don’t want to constantly be the person doing the encouragement.
Hire a personal trainer
Hiring a personal trainer could be another option. A personal trainer can help you to stick to a personalized exercise plan and can offer you constant encouragement. Personal trainer rates vary – if you’re looking for specialized training, expect to pay a little more.
Set yourself post-exercise rewards
Allowing yourself rewards for exercise can also motivate you into working out. This could include some spa therapy or a sports massage if you’ve been feeling achy, or you could reward yourself with food (so long as you don’t undo your entire workout). Even allowing yourself to nap and do nothing could be a good reward.
Partake in other leisure activities whilst training
It’s possible to combine with other leisure activities – this can help you to associate exercise as leisure time rather than a chore. Many people listen to music whilst exercising. It’s also possible to watch TV or play video games whilst exercising – there are lots of exercises that you can do at home in front of the TV.
Use apps to track your progress
Fitness apps can also be a great motivation tool. Many of these apps are able to record stats on your training, allowing you to compete against previous records. Some apps even allow you to compete against other users. All in all, they can help to focus you towards goals by showing exactly how far you’ve come with your training and what you can do to improve.
Choose the right time of the day to exercise
The time of day at which you exercise can also have an impact on your motivation. Many people find it easier to work out first thing in the morning rather than after a day of work, however, there are some people who may find the opposite to be true. Work out when you are most motivated and create an exercise schedule around these times.
Set clear goals
If your exercise goal is simply to get fit, it may not be clear enough to keep you motivated. Aiming to get into a certain size pair of jeans or training for a long run or aiming to eventually push a certain size weight are all tangible goals that you can more easily work towards. You can also set micro-goals from week to week to help you improve.