Finding motivation to exercise is a struggle for many people. It can really be difficult to get an exercise routine started and it can be even more difficult to continue on a regular basis.
We all want to look good in our favorite pair of jeans and feel confident in our own skin, so that may be a motivating factor to start putting one foot in front of the other. However, people who stick with exercise usually find deeper motivating factors. Looking fit could just be a nice side effect!
Here are some ideas to consider when you are trying to find something to get you going:
1. The way you feel when you are done exercising. This may be a really handy idea to focus on especially when you're just getting started with a routine. You may not like exercising, but don't you always feel great when you're done? Exercise often leaves people feeling more energetic, more confident, happier, and more focused. People also feel accomplished and proud of their efforts. So, if you're really having a hard time lacing up your shoes. Try to focus on the rewards at the end of your workout.
2. Mood enhancing effects. Exercise can often be as effective as an anti-depressant drug. Well, we already knew that exercise is medicine! If you're feeling a little down, stressed, or overwhelmed try exercise. You may feel like you don't have time because you're overwhelmed; however, exercise can give you the energy, clarity, and health to help you deal with those everyday stressors.
3. Feeling strong and confident. As you progress, you will get more and more confident...and strong! Focusing on how great you feel while exercising can help you to keep coming back. Even if you haven't lost all of the inches you want to lose, exercise can still make you feel a little happier in your own skin.
4. Taking time to enjoy a hobby. Find exercise that you enjoy and want to keep coming back to. Focus on the pure enjoyment of that exercise. Maybe you love the wind in your face while you bike, the runners high, or the cool water around you while you swim.
5. A little "me" time. Exercise can be a great way to get away from the craziness of life and just focus on yourself for a little while. Take time to think, pray, zone out, listen to music, or enjoy some silent time.