Getting motivated to exercise is always easy when you’re planning it for the future. That early morning jog or workout at the gym on Monday is all you need to do to get back on track. You may even be excited about it, but the moment you hear your alarm and think about the execution of getting up and jog that early, it’s then you realize that all those things that motivated you a few days ago are suddenly nowhere to be found.
So you ask yourself, why does exercise seem like such a good idea until you actually have to do it? Is it a lack of motivation? If you think so, then you have to figure out what can motivate you – is it a feeling, an action, or a mix of both?
Motivation is defined as “providing with a reason to act in a certain way.” By that definition, you have to look for something to give you that drive or urge to exercise and be fit, “something” to get you moving. So where does that “something” come from? For example, parents get their motivation from their kids; they exercise and try their best to be fit and healthy to live longer with their kids. For athletes, it may come from their desire to win. For most, losing weight is often the initial goal. If this is not enough to motivate you, read on.
The problem with most people today is that they believe that motivation will come to them. So they wait until the day they wake up and they finally want to exercise. What people don’t realize, motivation is something you create, not something you wait for.
If you’re the type of person who gets excited about the fact that you’re thinking about exercising tomorrow or next week but happens to fail to follow through when the day comes and your motivation suddenly disappeared. Maybe it’s about time you focus your attention on what’s important.
Believe in the fact that motivation is something that you create, something that comes from different places and is not based on how we feel or even something that we wait around for. Motivation isn’t a feeling, it’s an ability!
Set goals to motivate yourself. It doesn’t matter whether it’s for weight loss or just to be fit. It can be anything that gives you the reason to exercise will work. Don’t think that you can only set 1 goal, set many goals as you like. It doesn’t have to be big, start little by little, like walking for 30min-1hr a day. And then move forward to a different exercise. All you got to do is find that driving force that pushes you to be fit!
Once you find your reason to exercise, soon after, you’ll be committed to exercise and eventually enjoy what you’re doing.