Apart from people telling me that they just don’t have time to work out, the other major excuse I hear is that they just can’t get themselves motivated to work up a sweat regularly! Sadly, this is an excuse that many folks use often, and it stops them not only from becoming fit and lean but also from genuinely enjoying their exercise too. Luckily, if you follow the tactics below, you won’t fall prey to this problem. In fact, you will be able to maintain motivation, no matter what situation you find yourself in. Read on to find out more.
First off, to stay motivated when working out, you need to remember two things. The first is that no one workout will make you fit or lean, and that means you need to see exercise as a long term activity. The second is that because you will be doing this over an extended period you need to start in a realistic place.
What this means is that you have to find a balance between challenging yourself and being realistic about what you can do right now. For example, completing a triathlon is a fantastic long term goal, but if you haven’t worked out regularly for the last five years, you will need to take some intermediate steps to get there.
In fact, running out and join your local triathlon training club may be a step too far at this point. Instead, it’s crucial to put your focus and energy into getting into a regular exercise routine such as walking or interval training that will build up your physical ability and stamina to the point where you can move onto the next level of training.
Basically what I’m saying here is don’t go over the top and try for a goal that isn’t actually achievable in your current state, because doing so is only setting yourself up for failure. Something that means you will negatively see Exercise and are much less likely to continue with it over the long term.
Don’t Let Your Feelings Dictate Your Workout
Next, many people confuse motivation to work out with how they feel about it. However, these two things need not be the same. In fact, if you only ever work out when you feel like it, you aren’t going to see much progress at all.
That is why it’s much better to commit to a smaller and more reasonable workout, and do it whether you are in the mood to or not. Then you will not only build up your confidence but also demonstrate to yourself that you keep your commitments. Something that will help you to become more motivated over the long term.
Change Things Up
Another reason that many folks falter when it comes to fitness motivation is that they stay within their workout comfort zone, just going to the gym and repeating the same process over and over. Of course, after a while, this can get incredibly boring and repetitive, and it’s no wonder that their interest and motivation wanes.
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The good news here is that this type of workout boredom is absolutely unnecessary because there are so many different types of exercise to choose from. In fact, you can skip the gym and go for a run, or a cycle outdoors, or even a fast-paced hike.
Sometimes taking your workout outside can help keep your motivated.
Then there are a myriad of team game to get involved with including basketball, football, soccer, and volleyball. Activities that are not only a great workout while you are playing, but also provide an added dimension for team camaraderie as well.
You can even choose to change things up a bit but by going for a different workout plan in the gym, this being something that folks would traditionally go to a personal trainer for. Although, now with apps like Aaptiv you can get access to a tailed program while you are in the gym, or anywhere else for that matter, through your phone. Something that can keep you interested and challenged for a much small cost.
Grab a Buddy
Finally, when it comes to maintaining your motivation when working out, one of the oldest tricks in the book is to buddy up with someone and get a training partner.
Yep, it’s simple, but it can really help to keep you accountable to the workout that you have set yourself for the week. In fact, if you drop out it not only yourself that you are letting down but your buddy too, and that can just give you that extra push you need to maintain the motivation to work out on a regular basis.