You wake up only to turn off your alarm to go back to bed. Who needs to work out when you are so comfy wrapped in your blankets? Next thing you know, you wake up three hours later, cursing yourself. Why didn’t I go for a run? You vow to make a change. Here are some tips to make sure this never happens again:
- Do something you enjoy. Don’t kid yourself that you will go running in the morning if you’re a night owl who hates running. Think of some forms of exercise that sound fun, and not a “work” out. You love dancing? Sign up for a jazz class. Tennis? Find a partner to play with. Swimming? Join a pool club. The possibilities are endless.
- Make time to work out. Don’t be one of those people who say, “I would exercise, but I haven’t the time.” Start off with a ten minute work out. I am sure that there are parts of your day where you really aren’t doing anything. Slowly increase the duration of your work outs as you start realizing you have plenty of free time.
- Find free forms of exercise. Gym memberships can be expensive, as can exercise classes. Go online for some cool workouts. Check out blogilates on YouTube. There you will find fun and effective workouts. You could also search online for free active events in your area. There are more than you think. I often go to a free yoga class near me.
4. Buy cute or sexy work out clothes. You will feel guilty if you do not wear them. But more importantly, you will feel super cool when you exercise in them! Keep them someplace you will see everyday, like on your kitchen counter. Your brain will get the message: it is time to get moving!
5. Realize exercise makes you feel good. All those endorphins make you want to exercise again. The hardest part of working out is getting started because once you start, you don’t want to stop! Remind yourself that in the past when you worked out, you felt great and wanted to do it again. Fight through the laziness. After a while, you’ll be super excited to get moving.
6. Set goals. Maybe you want to run a 5-K, do 50 pushups, or tire out your toddler. Setting goals will keep you motivated. You will want to continue exercising. You can set a big goal, with smaller sub-goals. It is easy to be intimidated by a large goal so focusing on small goals will help you achieve it.
7. Have a support system. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to exercise. These people will also be ecstatic when you reach your goals. Call them when you can’t seem to motivate yourself and when you do reach your goals. There are also many online communities you could join.
8. Tell others about working out. And tell them with enthusiasm so if you end up not working out, you will feel embarrassed. But you will work out, right? Of course! This will encourage you to exercise so you don’t let your friends down. You could also promise to do an active activity with a friend who will be sad and disappointed if you change your mind.
9. Envision your future self. You will be strong and full of life. People will ask YOU for work out tips. You will be able to run up four flights of stairs without feeling winded. This type of idealization is very positive. But you must really believe in it for it to motivate you.
10. Have confidence. You can achieve all your goals. You are not weak. Think of all the times you tripped or fell. Nothing bad happened! You are quite strong indeed. This quote by Confucius should spark some confidence in you, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Do you have any motivating tips? Share them in the comments below!