"How can I find the motivation to exercise?"
It seems a common theme - we all know we should do some exercise.
We all know we would benefit from moving more.
Most people are aware of the health benefits of exercise (both physical and mental.)
But the struggle to get started, to stick at it, to gather motivation and stay motivated to keep doing that exercise......it seems fairly elusive?
We are time poor, I know that. Children and jobs and families and homes all bleed us of our time.
BUT, if you want to exercise and you want to remain motivated to just keep on doing it, day after day, week after week, month after month, here's how:
- Opt for exercise that you think you could learn to love. Don't pick an exercise regime that you cannot imagine doing ongoing. Pick something that has the potential to be "easy" for you, in your life. Chose something that you don't hate.
- Whilst Nike says "just do it", I'd suggest a little planning can go a long way to forging a relationship with a new activity that you are going to get loved up with: Learn, plan, prepare, then do. Even if this just means buying a new sports bra and loading your iPod with exercise tunes. Get organised. This will give you the self-confidence that, in turn, will give you a sense of comfort & even excitement about your new activity, and so will increase your likelihood of sticking at it.
- Start slow and easy. Whatever exercise you pick, start at a pace that doesn't hurt. Don't go at it like a bull at a gate. Don;t hurt yourself. Start easy, knowing you are going to gradually work your way up gradually to push yourself. There is no rush. This is not about weight loss. The goal here is learning to genuinely love exercise and to be in a place where you genuinely WANT to do it every day.
- Once you have started, you need to be really aware of the influences that make it easy to want to carry on doing the exercise. When something good happens during or immediately after exercise then you will be willing to do it again, yes? Watch out for the good things, the good feelings. You may feel lighter of step. You may feel a delicious smugness of having exercised. You may get an endorphin rush. You may feel tingly. Hold onto those good feelings. Relish in them.
Either way, even if you can't envisage feeling these good things yet, you will, if you just start....