September 26

Keeping Up The Motivation

By Richard East

September 26, 2021

Health, Lifestyle, Motivational, Wellbeing

The hardest part of exercise is not the exercise itself, it’s finding the will to do it in the first place. Plenty of people find themselves slipping away from their exercise routine because they have trouble maintaining motivation. If you want to be able to stick to an exercise habit, these tips will help you to keep motivation up.

Do What You Like
The beauty of exercise is that it covers so many activities. Some people might get exercise by running laps. Others might get it by lifting weights or playing football. If there’s a way you can work your body in a way that benefits you, that’s all you need. Work on developing motivation by starting off with activities you already get enjoyment out of. For more difficult tasks, try to see how you can make them more enjoyable.

Make It a Habit
The easiest way to turn an activity into a habit is to do it every day. It’s one thing to promise to yourself that you’ll exercise every day, but you have to take measures to make sure you can stick to it. Fight back against any urge to skip out on exercising when you don’t have any reason not to do it. The more you can stick to your exercise, the easier it will be to make it into a habit.

Plan it into your diary or schedule. Yes we are all busy and have meetings and deadlines but if you can plan your workout time into your diary then you are much more likely to do it. Realising that your health and well-being is just as important, if not more important, than another mundane meeting can be a revelation to your daily outlook and habits.

Get an Exercise Buddy
Some people enjoy exercising by themselves. They like how the solitude lets them clear their mind and focus on their exercise. However, if you’re particularly social, you may have a better time exercising with a partner. You can enjoy their company and work to motivate one another. If you’re having trouble with a certain exercise, a partner can show you how to make it easier on you or give you the encouragement needed to pull through.

I actually talked about this recently on a post. I have a training partner who I push to do as many bodyweight sessions as possible Monday to Friday and then when it comes to the weekend he makes me go running on a Saturday. If it wasn’t for him making me do it then I know for sure that I would not go out running very often…and certainly not as far.

Find Fun in It
Exercise shouldn’t be viewed as something you have to do. The idea of viewing anything that does our minds so much good as a punishment is absurd. Learn to develop a positive relationship with exercise by thinking of it as something you “get” to do. To have the ability and time to enjoy exercise is something that should never be taken for granted. To keep your motivation up, learn to smile at the sound of the word “exercise” and any similar terminology.

Track Your Progress
Exercise can get frustrating when it feels like you’re not making any progress. However, every workout you complete is another step forward. In order to make your progress feel more apparent, you need to keep a log. At the end of a workout, write down what you were able to get done. Even if your accomplishment is being able to run a bit further than you could the day before, it’s still a sign of progress.

With regards Bodyweight Training it can feel like you are not making progress as it always seems hard. However you will find that the fitter you get you just work harder and harder. By keeping a quick note of how many burpees you can do or how many push ups you can do in a certain time then you can see what progress you are making.

However I would say that often it is not the physical improvements that you will notice or that you should focus on. The mental benefits, and well-being benefits, are more important. How you feel is more important. Training and getting fitter makes you feel more confident and stronger both inside and out.

So many have trouble with exercise motivation because they see the negatives of exercise far more than the positives. If you want to find the motivation to exercise, you need to have an upbeat perspective on it. Only then can you make exercise into something that you actively crave.

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