I think we all have read our fair share of articles on ways to stay motivated when it comes to exercising. All have great ideas and ways to keep us motivated, but why don’t they seem to work?
For me, I stay motivated for about a week until it usually fades away. Some of us are motivated by wanting to fit into that cute dress, or trying to look good for an upcoming event. I’ve always wanted to be motivated by things other than knowing I have to be in my swimming suit in public.
Here are the top three things that work for me:
Accountability: I will wake up every morning to go running if I know someone will be out there waiting for me. A workout partner is always a good idea, whether that’s your spouse, a neighbor, or a family member.
Set goals, goals and more goals! These goals need to be big enough to require effort, but small enough that you can accomplish them. Once one goal is done, set another that stretches you further. Most importantly, don’t forget to reward yourself.
Last, make it fun and mix it up. Doing the same thing every day is not my thing. Trying new workouts and making them enjoyable is the key to getting rid of boredom. Schedule workouts that use different muscle groups and strengthen other parts of your body. Do things that make you forget you’re working out like jumping rope, dancing and hula hooping.
With motivation, one size doesn’t fit all. Ways that work for some don’t work for others. Motivation comes down to what works best for you. If you can’t find ways to keep yourself motivated, listen to your body! Do you feel better when you exercise daily? Do you feel better and more accomplished when you wake up earlier than usual to get some yoga in? Does exercising after work help you relieve stress? Do what makes you feel the best.
We need to be okay with being imperfect. Sometimes we need to take a day off, sleep in, or go back for seconds. Don’t make yourself miserable by withholding things that give your life quality. Don’t give up when you can’t keep yourself motivated. Keep trying until you find what works for you.