Struggling to find the motivation to exercise? If you’ve been steadily taking less trip to the gym or letting your home equipment gather dust, here are some ways in which you may be able to reignite your enthusiasm.
Record your progress
If you’re not setting tangible goals and keeping track of your progress, you’re unlikely to have much inspiration. Every time you work out, keep a record of what you’ve done and try and beat this the next week, whether it’s doing more reps or completing a run in a faster time. You may be able to get help monitoring your progress by using fitness apps. If your goal is to lose weight, you should also aim to step on the scales each week and make a note of your weight – this will spur you to try and lose the pounds. Taking selfies in the mirrors or measuring your waist with a tape measure could also be ways of recording your process.
Look good as you exercise
Some people can be afraid of going to the gym or going jogging because they feel they don’t look good. Treating yourself to some trendy activewear could help to boost your self-confidence. What is activewear? Activewear is casual and comfy clothing designed for fitness. There’s a huge market for clothing such as yoga pants and sports bras – finding the clothing that makes you feel good to make you less self-conscious of working out.
Combine exercise with other activities
Exercise doesn’t have to involve a trip to the gym or an outdoor job – it’s possible to exercise without leaving your home. In fact, you can combine it with many household activities. There are plenty of exercises that can be done in front of the TV from riding an exercise bike to doing push-ups to using the sofa for tricep dips. You can also combine housework with physical exercises by doing lunges as you hoover and squats as you do the washing up. By combining exercise with activities, you may feel more motivated to do it as you’re getting even more out of it.
Train with somebody else
Quite often, having a training buddy can be a huge motivation. When you’re not feeling up to exercising, they can help encourage you. You can also compete against one another in the gym or give each other motivation to keep going. You can even go one step further than a training buddy and join a fitness class.
Reward your efforts
If exercise feels like a chore, spur yourself to do it by giving yourself a reward to look forward to at the end of it. If you don’t exercise, you don’t get this reward. This could be anything from being able to take a long bath to being able to watch your favourite series (just don’t make the reward a binge on fast food). You can also reward yourself for any progress you make.