What are some ways to stay motivated in exercising and avoid laziness?
Last Updated: 09/28/2020 at 4:22am
Stacy Overton, PhD.
I am an enthusiastic life-long learner and also a professor of counseling. I have a passion for peoples stories and helping to guide and empower the human spirit.
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1. Get a dog that loves to run. 2. Only wash your hair on days you exercise. 3. Focus on short term workouts. 4. Listen to music/audiobooks when you run. (Have a playlist ready to go) 5. Exercise with a friend, so you have something to look forward to.
I like to give myself a small treat after every workout. I often tell myself that 'I cant get on the computer until after my workout.' If you make it feel like a rule that was given to you, it will act that way.
I'd say the most important thing to keep in mind is what exactly you want to get out of exercising. Is it to improve your mental health? to help achieve your 'dream body'? to get strong? Whatever it is, always keep this at the forefront of your mind and remind yourself why it's so important to you. When you first begin exercising, you really have to push through each time and make yourself do it. Once it becomes a habit though, you should start to find it easier to do and don't be surprised if you actually start to look forward to it! To stay motivated during exercise, I'd advise you to make a playlist full of songs that you find super motivating/energising. Buying yourself some workout clothes that you really like may also motivate you. Keep going, think of all those good endorphin's flooding through your system! :)
- why do you want to exercise? Make a list of all the reasons why, and put it somewhere you'll see often (such as in your closet with your sports attire! Or your bathroom mirror) - make a list of all the successes you've had when it comes to exercising. They can be big or small- an achievement is an achievement! For example, "Worked out for 30 minutes today" or "Felt happier after my aerobics workout" etc. Keep this list somewhere so you can take it out and read it when you're not feeling motivated to exercise. You've done so much and come so far, so why stop now?! - what do you NOT want to be or think of yourself as? Write a list of those down and put it somewhere safe to keep and take out when you're lacking motivation. It might not work for everyone, but it's a suggestion! - More tangible motivators: treat yourself to a healthy snack after a workout, treat yourself to new gym attire, listen to uplifting music, get yourself pumped up etc - Try to think of exercise in a fun way. Throwing yourself a mini dance party for 15-30 minutes can be considered exercise, as it has cardio incorporated into it. So dance your heart out, and by the end of it, you would've exercised AND had fun doing it! - Another possoble motivator: Exercise is a privilege. Not everyone can do it, so exercise and not let the opportunity slip! - Think to yourself- you're much further ahead than everyone who is still sitting on the couch, watching TV and thinking of exercising, but aren't.
Listen to music that has a lot of enthusiasm in it. Listen to songs that make you wanna get up and dance. Like afican songs soca songs etc
Think about your goal body weight, and think of how happy you'll be when you reach it. Don't be harsh on yourself for being lazy, if you don't give up you are on the right track. Taking a break is okay too, but remember the end goal and how you want to get there. Even so take it one day at a time because you can tackle every day with a positive, and understanding mindset. Understand that you will get tired and sometimes you will have to take a break, working hard is hard, but you can do it and if you keep a focused mind on your goal you can achieve it. Remember stay motivated and on top of things because you want to be healthy, don't be doing this for anyone but yourself.
1. Having clear and attainable goals every week. 2. Weighing yourself every couple of days/every week to see progress. 3. Blogging your progress. 4. Finding someone to join your for the weight loss journey. Good lucj!
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