Sitting back in your armchair with your remote control in one hand and a bag of potato chips in the other, you look out of your window and watch the people jogging and running past outside. While you may have told yourself that lifting your TV remote is an effective way to exercise, you will know deep inside that you are just fooling yourself. If only you had the motivation to lift yourself from your chair to work out in some way yourself.
Well, put down the remote and relegate those potato chips to the bin (they aren’t a good snack anyway), because here are just a few of the ways in which you can motivate yourself into exercise.
#1: Buy what you need
There are lots of ways in which you can exercise for free, although you still need the gear to enable you to do so. A good pair of men’s sneakers and a tracksuit are useful if you are considering jogging, for example, and a set of weights or other gym equipment are handy if you want to work out at home instead of paying for a gym membership. When you buy what you need for your workout plan, you will have more incentive to get out of your armchair, as you would have only wasted your money otherwise.
#2: Exercise with your family
You should incorporate your family into your exercise routine for three reasons. Firstly, they will give you the motivation to do more if they agree to exercise with you. Secondly, you will be helping them to stay healthy if you get them out of the house for a while. And thirdly, you will have the opportunity to bond with your family in the activities you do together. These last two points are motivating factors in themselves. So, find things to do as a family, be it weekend hikes or bike rides, team sports that you can all take part in together, or active games you can all play in the garden on a warm weekend afternoon.
#3: Write down how you feel after exercising
Okay, so we know finding the motivation to exercise can be difficult, but let’s be honest, you will always feel better within yourself if you can drag yourself out of your chair and do something. After exercising, you will feel physically and mentally healthier. You will have more energy. Some of your stresses will have been burned away. And because of the endorphin rush that comes from a good workout, you will also feel happier within yourself. These are all excellent reasons to exercise, so when you have committed to something, write down exactly how you feel afterward. Then remind yourself of the benefits of exercise the next time you’re feeling lazy, as the words you have written might encourage you to lift yourself from your seated position again.
#4: Work out with your friends
You want to hang out with your friends more, right? Sure you do, and if they are already involved in some kind of exercise routine themselves, you might want to buddy up with them and follow suit. So, you might join your friend on his morning run, and you might take part in a sport that another friend is involved in, as examples. But if they’re not particularly active? Well, get together with them and talk about what you might all do together. Or join a fitness group or sports team on your own and make new friends. When you can do something with people that you enjoy being around, you will have more motivation to exercise, as you will have fun while doing so.
#5: Track your progress
Motivate yourself to be the best that you possibly can be by tracking your progress. This way, you will have an idea of the goals you need to push towards, and you can look back on what you have done before, and challenge yourself to do even better. Check out some of the ways to track your progress here, and incorporate them into your workout routines. That sense of achievement you will feel when you have surpassed yourself will really give your self-esteem a boost, and you will have more motivation to keep going to enjoy those feelings of elation again. You might also want to encourage your friends to get involved, as this way, you will have the motivating factor of competition to spur you on.
So, switch off the TV, push yourself out of your chair, and practice some of what we have said. You will feel better if you do, and you will experience the other benefits that we have suggested in this article.