5 Keys That Will Unlock Your Door To Exercise Motivation
5 Keys That Will Unlock Your Door to Exercise
Recently we asked the following question on our
“What’s your biggest challenge to exercising regularly?”
What was revealed was some pretty interesting, yet expected, results.
A whopping 83% of respondents said that a lack of motivation is
what kept them from exercising regularly. The rest of the
answers were equally split between not having enough time and not
knowing what to do.
So, with these results in mind it would only make sense to give you
some added ways to get motivated to exercise on a regular basis.
1. Know the Benefits of Exercise
Isn’t true that you are more motivated to do things that you'll benefit
from. The more you benefit, the more motivated you are. For
example, if I told you I'd give you 5 dollars to take a 30-minute walk
tomorrow morning, would you do it? Maybe, maybe not?
But what if I put $1 million on the table for taking a walk? You bet you
would take that walk!
What you need to realize is that the benefits of exercise are even more
compelling than a million bucks! What if you were a multi-millionaire
but all of a sudden could no longer walk up a flight of stairs of fell ill
due to a poor lifestyle and lack of exercise?
You see, nothing matters more than your health and vitality –
Exercise keeps you young, strong, capable of performing your day to
day tasks with ease, makes you feel more confident and happy, and
So, it’s simple…MOVE YOUR #SS!
2. Realize the Consequences of Not Exercising
The consequences are many.
Lethargy, disappointment in yourself, being fat, being out of breath,
unable to walk of stairs easily, sore joints and muscles, lack of
flexibility, lack of strength, more susceptible to injury, difficulty
shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, or gardening, sour outlook on life
because of how you feel about yourself, inability to reach your full
human potential, tough time fitting into clothes that make you feel
sexy, feeling uncomfortable in social settings, depression, disease,
premature death, etc…
I could go on forever but I’m sure you get the point!
Maybe you need to take a trip to a nursing home or amputation ward
at a hospital to gain some perspective. Believe me; most of these
people would do anything to be in your shoes. So lace them up and
3. Create as Many WHY’s as Possible
Keep a piece of paper and pen handy for a couple of days. Jot down
EVERY reason you can think of that you want to get healthy/get
fit/lose weight through consistent exercise.
The reasons WHY you have, the more motivated you will feel. Your
reasons WHY give you the energy and juice that will keep you rockin’!
Having a goal without knowing WHY you want to achieve it is like
spending $30,000 on university tuition without having a clue of what
you want to do with your degree besides paying off your student
So make a long, extensive list. This may not seem important, but it is
critical to be able to read this list when your motivation to exercise is
waning. It's a powerful way to quickly get "re-motivated"!
4. Exercise With a Friend
Statistics reveal that people who exercise with a friend are more
successful at exercising consistently.
Basically, it comes down to having accountability. Most of us need
something outside of ourselves to keep us going when you don’t feel
like working out.
Having an exercise partner enables you to keep each other
accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with
them can be great motivation to show up and get it done!
5. Exercise First Thing in the Morning, Every Morning
There is no better feeling than starting your day knowing that you’ve
gotten your exercise out of the way. Plus, you’ll feel much happier and
better about yourself. Your metabolism will be revved and you will
have a much more fruitful day – guaranteed!
Your body was made to be active on a daily basis, and when you are,
all sorts of wonderful things happen. You even get healthy and fit!
People who exercise 6 to 7 days per week first thing in the morning
are much more successful at exercising consistently than those who do
the 2 or 3 day thing. It doesn't have to be a huge workout everyday.
Get out there and take a 30-minute walk, do yoga, take your dog for a
stroll, hit the gym, go for a run…just get your body moving in a way
that gets your heart rate and muscles working!
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