Most people are aware of the many benefits of exercise. It keeps fat at bay, raises metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and a whole host of other health boosts. However exercising is easier said than done. It can be difficult to find the motivation to exercise amidst hectic and exhausting day to day life.
For anyone having trouble staying motivated, the first step is to evaluate their exercise routine. The most common exercise plan involves simply heading to the gym, however this is not the best choice for a lot of people. Many people find the gym boring, as it always has the same machines and the same workouts. If an exercise routine becomes boring and predictable, it becomes easier to find excuses to skip it.
To spice up a workout regimen, and regain the motivation to exercise, it is important to look outside of the gym. Look to favorite hobbies and activities and find a way to introduce exercise into the mix. For example, for someone who loves the outdoors, hiking is a great way to exercise. Fans of music may enjoy taking a dance class. The key is to find a type of exercise that is enjoyable and something to look forward to, instead of dreading.
Another great way to increase motivation to exercise is by getting a workout partner. When there is someone to be accountable to, it is harder to excuse missing a workout. In addition, there will always be someone to talk to and commiserate with as the calories are burned away.
If motivation is still failing, it might be time to reevaluate the goals being set. When goals are set too high, it can be hard to stay motivated. Instead, break the larger goal up into smaller, more manageable goals. For example, having a goal of running a marathon seems great at first, however when it is a struggle to get past mile 10, it starts to seem impossible. It is this feeling of futility that leads people to quit altogether. Instead, try focusing on smaller goals. First work on running 5 miles, then 10, 15, and so on. The eventual goal is the same, however having the milestones to reach before the end goal can help make sure that the progress and hard work is obvious and motivation will stay high.
Sometimes all it takes to improve motivation is a little bit of a success story. Find support groups online and follow the social media and blogs of people who have reached their goals. Reading about others conquering the same difficulties and succeeding can help inspire and show that anything is possible.