I don’t have all the answers, but I know that creating habits help me stick to things that are important to me. Like exercise. These are 3 simple habits I’ve created that really help me stay motivated to workout. I’ve found what works for me, but everyone is different. Try one of these approaches if you feel a lack of motivation to exercise.
Exercise in the A.M. – I am not the type of girl to bounce out of bed at 6:00 a.m. like a warmed-up cheerleader, smile plastered on my face. But I do vastly prefer to workout in the early morning. Personally, I’ve found that in the past when I told myself I’d workout in the evening, I’d find any excuse not to – I had to cook dinner, I had to unwind, I had to help my daughter with her homework. At 6 o’clock in the morning, there is nothing holding me back. Working out in the morning also enables me to check exercise off my “to-do” list, and I don’t have to think about it the rest of the day.
Invest in Workout Clothes – I’m not one to blatantly endorse mindless shopping. But when it comes to exercising, good workout clothes are not only incredibly practical, they can serve to help motivate you. If you try to stretch or get into a yoga position wearing baggy pants, it may not be as comfortable or as easy. I find that wearing form fitting exercise clothing is my favorite way to do Pilates and Yoga, that way I don’t have to worry about clothing pulling or hanging in awkward ways. Also, if I’m going to workout in the morning, I like to keep my clothes right by the bed so there is no excuse. These are my favorite type of workout pants right now.
Mindfully Reflecting on How Far I’ve Come – This isn’t just a space filler. This is really important. Sometimes I just don’t want to pull out my yoga mat, but you know what? Then I think about times in my life when I was less fit and more uncomfortable in my body and less flexible. I don’t want to go down that road again. I enjoy the health my body has. I feel comfortable in my clothes and I enjoy seeing what my body can accomplish.
How do you stay motivated to exercise?