5. MAKE A LIST
Sit down and write about why exercising makes you feel good, or is good for you. I made a list of reasons why I love running when I was trying to regain motivation to continue running after taking some time off to have a baby. Re-read your list as many times as you need to! It’s a good reminder that even though we don’t always feel good DURING exercise, we always feel good AFTER when we are reaping the rewards of our hard work!
6. SIGN UP FOR SOMETHING
Exercising day after day can feel so monotonous and pointless if you don’t have a goal to works towards, so pick a goal and go for it! There are endless possibilities of things to sign up for such as 5k’s, bike races, zumba class, triathlons, yoga class, walk-a-thons, half-marathons, horse shows, snow shoe races, etc. etc. It doesn’t matter if your goal is to simply finish, or improve your performance from the last time. All that matters is that you have a goal to work towards, and thinking of that goal is sometimes all it takes to get yourself moving.
7. RECORD YOUR PROGRESS
Even if it’s simply writing in your planner “go to gym” and being able to cross that off your “to do” list at the end of the day. I’ve come to realize that it’s not the exercise that I’m addicted to, it’s the feeling of accomplishment. Marathons aren’t exactly fun. A grueling 26.2 miles of blisters, fatigue, and feeling like you’ll never be able to walk normal again is not why I keep coming back for more. It’s the feeling I have when I cross the finish line. The satisfying feeling of accomplishment that only comes after hard work and effort. Record your progress however you like, but just make sure you are feeling that sense of accomplishment somehow because that’s what will FOR SURE keep you coming back for more!!
Those are a few things that have helped me stay motivated to exercise. Now we want to hear what motivates YOU to exercise. Please share, because I’m sure we’re ALL looking for a little extra motivation (especially with swim suit season just around the corner)!