By: Krystle Crossman
There are people who absolutely love to exercise. Then there are people who don’t want to exercise no matter what they do. How do you go from being barely motivated to work out to being someone who can’t wait to get their exercise in?
1. Do only the exercises that you enjoy doing. If you don’t like running, don’t force yourself to do it. Find something that holds your interest and that doesn’t make it feel like exercise. If you try to do something that you don’t like doing you will not have the motivation to continue.
2. Don’t fear setbacks. You are going to end up having a cheat day down the line. You may get sick and not be able to get a workout in for a while. Don’t freak out about it. You can get back on track as soon as circumstances change.
3. Find a workout friend. You will feel like someone else is depending on you to keep exercising. It helps to have someone to talk to as well because it passes the time. You will each have someone to keep you motivated.
4. Music that is energetic will help you to elevate your workout and make it more fun. People who listen to up-tempo music have an easier time keeping a rhythm going while they are doing something like running or walking.
5. Don’t focus on losing weight. The pounds take a while to melt off and if you are just looking at the numbers on the scale you are more likely to give up when you aren’t getting results as quickly as you would like.
6. Feedback is important to people who love to exercise. This is where an exercise tracker comes in handy because many of them tell you how great you have done or give you areas that you can improve upon.
7. Fresh air will do wonders for you when you are trying to get motivated. Even if there is a light rain it can energize you and put you in a better mood. You can focus on what you are doing instead of standing around waiting for a machine in a crowded gym.
8. People who love to exercise don’t care whether what they are doing is considered “normal” or not. If you are moving around, getting your heart rate up, and having fun, that is all that matters.
9. Buy some new athletic clothing. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive but new clothes may make you more willing to get out and show them off or put them to good use.