I’m often asked how I find the motivation to exercise. It is a very good question because there are certainly days where I have zero motivation and would rather do nothing at all. These are the days where I need to find motivation. I oftentimes remind myself of the benefits of exercise. I want to be healthy and functional for the rest of my years. I want to be the great-grandma one day who can still walk up a flight of stairs and get out of a seat without assitance.
Exercise has become a habit for me – it’s like brushing my teeth, I just simply do it. Exercise is my outlet for all my anxiety and stress and I love the feeling I get after an amazing workout. This feeling sets me up to have a great day and gives me the energy boost I need. You can feel great too all day after exercise by ensuring your nutrition is very nutrient dense (that is a whole other blog post I will be sure to write about).
Here are 4 quick tips for exercise motivation:
1. Schedule it in! – Do you find yourself making the excuse that you just don’t have time to exercise? In our busy and demanding world with school, jobs, children, hobbies, etc. not many people truly have the time to exercise. I don’t have the time either so this is where I MAKE time. Look at your calendar and schedule in times to exercise and consider it an appointment that you cannot miss. You be more likely to do your workout if it is written down in front of you. Start with scheduling in at least three 20-30 minute sessions per week. If that just feels too overwhelming for you then start with just one session per week and over time gradually increase it. I would rather you do something once a week than nothing at all!
2. Focus on the feeling – Exercise will produce endorphins. These are the feel good hormones that lift up your mood and help control appetite. They will also help you combat pain and stress in the body. On a day you do not exercise I want you to truthfully evaluate your mood, then on the same day you exercise I want you to evaluate your mood again. I bet you will notice an improvement in all areas of your life. Take a moment and tune in to that feeling you get right after you’ve completed your workout. Remind yourself when you want to skip a workout just how much better you will feel once it is done. You will be much happier and more productive when you’ve got endorphins on your side 😉
3. Eat more food! – If you exercise regularly you get to eat more food! How awesome is that?! The body requires more energy and nutrients from the foods you eat to fuel your movements and help your body recover and repair afterwards. If you are a big eater like myself this one just might motivate you to get moving! Now depending on your goals you won’t be able to overeat or you will negate the exercise you did, but overall the daily calories you get to eat will be much more than if you just spent your evenings on the couch!
4. Grab a friend – Having someone to exercise with will make it more fun and you may even push yourself harder without even knowing it. Your friend will help hold you accountable especially if you know they will be waiting for you at the gym there’s just no way you will ditch them there! Give it a try, get a friend on board, hold each other to your workouts and indirectly you will be motivating one another.
There you have it! I wanted to keep it short and sweet so give these tips a try and let me know how it goes 🙂
Talk to you soon!
– Jessica Ann