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Finding Motivation for Exercise: Tips for Staying on Track

Daniela Santacruz | Exercise Specialist
/ September 22, 2023
Finding Motivation for Exercise: Tips for Staying on Track

How do you find the motivation for exercise? Get inspired and stay on track with your fitness journey with these tips!

One of the most common answers to the question, “Why did you stop exercising?” is a lack of motivation. It’s a relatable challenge. Between demanding workdays, family responsibilities, household chores, and the constant battle for a good night’s sleep, finding the motivation to squeeze in a workout can seem like an insurmountable task. But what if we told you that the answer to this motivational dilemma is rather simple, though perhaps not what you expected?

The Hard Truth

The truth is, you won’t be motivated every day to do something you don’t necessarily want to do. It’s a lot like going to work. Unless your job is your absolute passion, you probably don’t wake up every morning brimming with excitement to head to the office. So, why do you make it happen? In most cases, it’s because you need that paycheck to cover your bills. Adulthood often means being responsible and doing things you may not want to do in order to achieve better outcomes in life. The same principle applies to exercise.

Tips for Staying on Track

Plan It!

One effective strategy is to plan your day around your exercise routine, not the other way around. Just as you schedule important meetings or chauffeur your children to their activities, block off dedicated time for your exercise routine. Treat it as an essential appointment that you cannot miss.

Be Realistic

Know yourself and your body. If you’re not a morning person and have never been, don’t set unrealistic goals of waking up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Instead, choose a time that aligns with your natural energy levels. This will make it easier to stick to your routine.

Set Goals

Setting specific fitness goals can be a powerful motivator. Whether it’s losing a certain amount of weight, running a marathon, or simply feeling healthier, having clear objectives keeps you focused and committed. Think of these goals as your “paycheck” at the end of a few months of consistent effort.

Get It Done!

Sometimes, your own thoughts can become obstacles preventing you from exercising. Don’t overthink it. Instead, adopt the Nike motto and “just do it!” Regardless of your age, gender, or current fitness level, the key is to take action. Don’t let doubts or excuses hold you back. Get up and get moving.

Finding Motivation for Exercise

In conclusion, it’s essential to recognize that motivation is a fickle companion for everyone. There will be days when the desire to exercise seems distant. However, the key is to acknowledge and accept this reality. You won’t always be motivated, but you can plan ahead and set yourself up for success.

By following these tips, such as integrating exercise into your daily schedule, being realistic about your preferences, setting achievable goals, and simply taking action, you can overcome the motivational hurdles and stay on track with your fitness journey. Remember, consistency and determination are your allies in the quest for a healthier, happier you.

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