How do you motivate yourself to exercise? This is a question I’ve been asked quite a few times recently, so felt I should write a blog post so I can hopefully help you get yourself into a movement routine! It’s important for me to remind you to take it easy and find your groove. Whilst I can share advice with you, there’s not one answer that fits all. Take the information that relates to you, and don’t feel pressure to make it work overnight. The fact you’re reading this means you’re already half way there!
How often do you start a new routine and go hard? I’m talking seven days a week, intense exercise. I’ve seen it happen so many times, and it’s very likely you’re going to feel super sore and not very motivated after the first couple of weeks. This is why I always say start slow and increase one step at a time. Try adding one day of exercise per week in, that could be a run/jog, a yoga class or weight training. Whatever your chosen form of exercise, make a commitment to do it once per week! Once you’ve nailed that for 2-3 weeks, increase to twice weekly. Chances are you’ll feel a whole lot better and realise you don’t need to overhaul your life just to exercise.
Book it in
I don’t know about you, but I live by my diary. I have to know what I’m doing and when, and the same goes for exercise. When I just leave it to happen, chances are it doesn’t happen! Look at your diary, work schedule etc and plan out when you can exercise that week. There’s always going to be days/weeks where it might not go exactly to plan, but when you actively book exercise in you’re always more likely to stick to it.
Find a friend
It goes without saying, when there’s someone else to keep you accountable you’re less likely to bail. Ask around, you might have a friend who trains and is also looking for someone to share it with. It might not be forever, but that initial period can be exactly what you need to create the habit.
Discipline over motivation
I can assure you, I don’t jump out of bed every day pumped for the gym! A lot of the time, it’s down to habit and my discipline. Once you’ve been for a run, hit the gym or sweated through a spin class you’re going to feel better for it. Remind yourself of that post workout feeling, write it in the notes section on your phone if that helps. Whilst starting out this might not feel too relevant, but once you’re in a weekly routine you’ll see the importance in creating discipline. Treat it like a meeting, with a very important person. You!
Hopefully now you’re feeling a little more ready to exercise, take it easy and remember to praise yourself every time you train! I know how tough it can be finding the motivation to exercise, but once you’ve found your rhythm there’ll be no stopping you. Tag me in your posts @oliviafurner, and let me know what exercise you’re adding to your day!