How to stay motivated about working out
Exercise. The list of reasons to get out jogging, go to a class at the gym or even pop on a workout DVD at home are endless. We feel healthier, happier and in much better shape for having made the time to get sweaty for that half hour.
So why on earth is it always so incredibly hard to keep ourselves motivated to work out when we know how beneficial the outcome is?! Well, we are all busy and it is a lot easier to sit on the couch at the end of a long day than it is to think about exerting ourselves physically. However, with these few tips and changes to the way that we think about exercise, we believe you can get motivated and, better yet, stay motivated about working out!
If you don’t have a diary then grab yourself one and get organising. Before your week starts, write down exactly when you are going to exercise, what you will do and for how long. Allow half an hour either side for getting changed and showering afterwards. Don’t alter the times once they’re in. Treat your workouts as you would a work appointment or plans with friends. Staying healthy and active is just as important as any other arrangements you’ll be making so don’t feel guilty for prioritising yourself and your well-being!
Do something that you love
If you hate running, don’t run. If you don’t fancy the gym, don’t join! Find a form of exercise that is right for you. Make sure above all else that it is something you truly enjoy and look forward to doing. If that happens to be blaring Britney through the speakers for half an hour a day whilst dancing in front of the mirror in your underwear then that’s really okay! If it gets your heart rate up and gets you sweating, it’s exercising!
Reward your hard work
Yes, have that last slice of pizza, have a couple of biscuits with your tea, but also tell yourself what a great job you have done. Say it out loud (maybe wait until you are home), stand in front of your mirror, look yourself in the eyes and say “You’re brilliant. Well done!” It’s surprising what a little self recognition can do for your confidence and motivation!