Finding the motivation to exercise can be a real challenge, particularly if you’re feeling tired, stressed, overwhelmed or unhappy with your current fitness level.
The irony is, exercising is one of the best ways to lift your mood, re-energise and feel better about yourself. So, how do you get motivated to be motivated? Well, let’s take a look at three time-tested ways.
1. Make exercise work for you
For most people, exercise can be a means to an end i.e. you only do it to get fit or lose weight. And when you don’t see immediate gains for your work, the motivation starts to slip away. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone – around 45% of Australians engage in little to no physical activity on a weekly basis.
In order to make exercise just another part of your daily routine, it has to be something you enjoy or at least be varied enough to keep you mentally stimulated. Here are a couple of ways that exercise could be a more fun experience:
- Join a local sports team. From soccer to football, basketball, netball, and many others – the list is endless. Playing a team sport is a fun way to exercise and connect with new people at the same time.
- Get techy. Whether it’s going for an audio-guided run around your neighbourhood, or simply tracking your daily steps and fitness progress – digital technology can help keep you motivated and highlight what you’ve achieved, even in a short amount of time.
2. Go on a date with exercise and don’t stand it up
Making an exercise routine stick occurs when you do it over and over again, until it becomes a habit. Once exercise becomes just something you do, it won’t feel like such a motivation battle every time. However you need to get there first. It’s time to go on a date… with exercise.
Put the date in your calendar, let your mum know, tell your best friend – whatever. Just make sure you’re not solely relying on you. If it helps, give your exercise date a name, say… Bruce? Ok, you’ve got a date with Bruce, it will last an hour, and it’s going to get sweaty. It wouldn’t be nice to stand Bruce up – so why not just go this once and see how you feel? After a few dates you can give Bruce the flick, because you don’t need him anymore. You’re motivated and it’s all you!
3. Get someone to help fight the motivation battle with you
Quite often, we’re our own worst enemies. The little voice in your head that says you’re too tired, too unfit, or too busy to workout can be mighty persuasive – after all, it knows all your weaknesses. You need to fight dirty and call in reinforcements: a personal trainer.
Working with a personal trainer is a great way to kickstart your motivation to exercise because they’ll keep you accountable and help you fight that inner-voice too. It’s amazing what a few words of encouragement can do.
At Virgin Active, our experienced personal trainers can help you stay motivated and make sure every workout is your best. Find a club and personal trainer near you now.