You have heard the expression “where there’s a will there’s a way.” This applies to exercise as it does to everything else. It is not easy to get out of bed early in the morning or head for the gym after a hard day’s work. If you are not in the best physical condition or are recovering from an illness or injury, it’s that much harder to put in the effort. So, how do you acquire the motivation to exercise?
The following tips will help you drum up the motivation to start and maintain an exercise program:
- Think about the benefits of exercise – improved health, reduced stress, weight loss, better sleep, to name a few .
- Set realistic goals. If you have never exercised before, you want to start slowly, so your goal might be to exercise 3 days a week for 15 minutes, then increase the frequency and length as you become stronger.
- Find a buddy. Having someone who exercises regularly can encourage you, especially on days when your motivation is low.
- Do something you enjoy. Exercise does not have to be boring or strenuous. Dancing, walking, swimming, cycling are all enjoyable, effective forms of exercise. If you do it with a partner, it can be even more fun.
- Choose pleasant surroundings. A scenic park or countryside can provide sensual delights in addition to the benefits of exercise.
- Choose the right time. Some people work out best in the morning, others in the afternoon. Some like hot weather, others are invigorated by the cold. Know yourself and what suits you best.
- Choose the right clothing and footwear. You will not be motivated to exercise if you are not comfortable in what you are wearing. Dress to suit the weather and be careful to wear the right shoes.
- Listen to music. This can help you pass the time and make your workout more enjoyable.
- Vary your workout. As you become stronger, you may get tired of the same routine. You can incorporate other forms of exercise such as weights, swimming or Yoga.
- Keep a positive attitude. This will help you stay motivated.
Before beginning any form of exercise, consult a professional. If you need help getting started, you can see a physiotherapist who will set up a program that is just right for your age and physical condition.