Ever had the desire to workout, but had no motivation? Have you gone to the gym for a solid week, but ended up stopping a short time after starting? I have, many times.
Finding motivation has always been my struggle. Rewarding myself never worked. Going to the gym with a friend worked for about a week. Wanting to go for the desire to be healthy never seemed to get me there. But what stopped me from making this positive life choice? Excuses.
Excuses blocked me from being healthy and exercising. They were too easy to say, and some seemed very convincing. The usual two were, ‘I don’t feel good’ or ‘I’m too tired’. Even feelings of guilt and defeat would enter my mind after using these excuses, but even those could not hinder my strong desire not to go.
So what made me eventually change my ways? Accountability.
I’ll explain – Recently, my boyfriend and I enrolled in a Physical Education class through our college. One quality about myself is when it comes to school… failing is never an option. When it’s down to getting a good grade, and having a teacher and a time sheet to hold me accountable, I get motivated. I can either fail, or go workout. Seems simple enough. So I’m proud to say that this week I have kept on track, working out for at least an hour each day. And yes, it feels great to be working out again, and I’m already seeing progress! My energy levels and self-confidence have increase and I feel amazing. I’m ecstatic to have found the one motivator that got me up and moving in the gym.
Now, I’m not saying that enrolling in a college course is the ultimate way to get back in shape, but it is what worked from me, after other methods had failed. Perhaps, everyone has a personal quality that they can use to motivate him or her. Mine is the drive of wanted to excel in school, so taking Physical Education was a great option for me.
Here are ten ideas to help bring back the motivation:
- Rewards. Although this method did not work for me, it works for some people! Space out your rewards as you make more progress.
- Go with a friend. Have someone who is close to you hold you accountable by having them go with you. But, make sure it is someone who won’t let you slide and get away with not going.
- Photos. Get pictures of people who have the physique you desire or even pictures of you during your best physical peak. Use these for motivation and a goal to aim towards.
- Goals. Do you like setting goals for yourself? Set specific goals if you are the type of person who can’t miss a deadline. Share this goal with someone so they can check to see if you’re on track!
- Race or Event. Preparing for a 5K race, or sporting event is a great way to get determined! This is especially good if you have a competitive personality!
- Personal Trainer. Not able to take a Physical Education class, but have the same accountability quality as myself? Hire a personal trainer instead. The professional accountability is a great way to get back in shape, and you get extra help and guidance!
- To Be Healthy. The simple desire to be healthy is a great motivator. This is an especially good one for people who kids (or grandkids) that they want to see and interact with. Stay healthy for not just you, but for your loved ones!
- Stress Relief/Lack of Energy. Although it might not seem like it at first, working out gives back a lot of energy. Also, it gives a place to release the bad energy and stress from a long day. Stick with it long enough and you will feel the energy boost!
- Alone Time. Working out can be done with someone, or it can be a time to get away and enjoy doing something for you. It can be a time to think, and a way to get away from the chaos that comes with a busy life.
- Success Stories. Ever watched the Biggest Loser? Seeing the success of others is always a great motivator! Search for the success stories of others. Look until you find one that impacts you and remember, if they can do it, so can you!
I would love to hear if anyone else has other tips to get motivated or success stories of their own! I might even add them to the list above or to a new list in the future!