Finding the motivation to work out can be harder than actually working out!
No one ever regrets working out and we all know the physical and mental benefits, so why is getting off the couch for one hour every day so hard and what can you do to motivate yourself?
I asked around for a few opinions on motivation from some gorgeous and inspirational people. They all said things like, “I love it”, “endorphins” or “it makes me feel great”, which is awesome for them, but it’s not the answer I was looking for. I wanted to know why they love it, how did they come to love it? When they have had a bad day, for example, what makes them still reach for the healthy option over chocolate ice cream or get off their sad bums and go to the gym? As a wise friend put it, “Motivation. It’s a bit of a paradox. To have motivation in the first place you need to be motivated.”
Here are some hot tips on getting motivation when you are starting out:
Have a goal. Write down your goal. Remind yourself of your goal daily.
I believe motivation is like taking a shower, it needs to happen daily. Motivation triggers can be a picture on the fridge, reading quotes, a pair of jeans you want to fit back into, an upcoming holiday/wedding/reunion. Keep your mind actively thinking of why you started. Have you had your motivation shower today?
Make a public goal. It’s no use only saying to yourself that you will run in that 5km event or lose 10kg because then you lose the public arena pressure. When you make your goal, tell your husband, your girlfriend, dear old Nana, that person on facebook, your sons teacher – tell everyone! Telling people will motivate you to get on with it.
Once you tell people, keep telling them how you are doing and in return they will keep asking how you are doing. This means you will think twice before you cancel a training session because someone will hit you up about it.
Stop thinking of all the reasons why you can’t. Got too much going on in your life? Perfect! This is an opportunity to get some control. You control when the alarm goes off in the morning, you control if you wear yoga pants for exercise or comfort, you control what you put in your mouth.
You can do this. You got this. Start today. Start right now. Not at the end of this article but right now. Great stuff, now you’ve started. Congrats, you’re motivating yourself just by reading this and deciding to start Right Now.
Get a coach, like myself, to give you the push you need and hold you accountable for each step in reaching your goal. Making sure you succeed is my favorite thing to do. I will expect big things from you and in return you can expect big things from me.
How do you motivate yourself to start? What motivated you in the beginning? What does motivation look like to you?