Looking For More Motivation To Exercise?
As lockdown eases and there are more things to do than just a daily walk or hour of exercise it might be easy for those good habits to fall by the wayside. However, if there is anything good to have come out of this pandemic is that it has got lots of people outside exercising and this is one thing that should definitely stay. However, when there are other things to do, you may find it harder to find the motivation, so what can you do to keep it up?
Schedule your exercise in at the beginning of the week
Work, social engagements, appointments and keeping a house running can easily eat up all your time if you let it and with more temptation now and the fact that you have missed shopping and seeing people, exercise may well be the last on your list. Write down exactly when and how you’re going to exercise, whether it’s an early morning run or an online class, plan it out as well as the other things you want to get in that week and always make sure you add in rest days as muscle recovery and joint support is very important.
Mix it up
If you read the same book or watch the same TV show on repeat you would get bored and disinterested, so why do it with exercise? Practise a really varied routine, so include jogs around the park, yoga, pilates, weights sessions, playing tennis and going on bike rides – whatever works for you, as long as you’re doing a mix of activities and you don’t dread doing the same old workout again.
Have an amazing playlist
Find songs that you like and want to listen to and create a playlist for when you’re working out. Keeping your playlist regularly updated will really affect your motivation because you can look forward to having a new set of songs to run too.
Work out with friends.
Working out alone can be very convenient, but it’s also good to mix those sessions with meeting up with people. There are group fitness classes opening up outdoors now with six or fewer people so you can join one of those or meet a friend and exercise together and have a good catch up at the same time. If you live with someone, then it’s hugely motivating to get them involved in your fitness regime. You don’t even have to do the same thing; it just helps if you can make each other get up and go.
Try new things
Once a month, try a completely new class or sport. It could be a team game or an adventure sport, whatever you fancy, it’s all exercise.
Don’t think about it too much.
If you give yourself too much time to think about it, you will definitely talk yourself out of it and think of an excuse to skip an exercise session. The best thing to do is tell yourself that this workout is happening, and you don’t have a choice in the matter!. Remember, no one ever says they regret doing a workout.