It’s a new year and time to get into an exercise routine. Right? Well, if you’re reading this blog, then you probably fall into the unmotivated category with me. I love the idea of being physically fit and getting into a regular exercise routine. And while I like the idea of exercising, in reality, I have a hard time actually making it happen.
Here are 10 tips to get you on the right track to a more motivated and physically active 2016:
Just get dressed
If you’re not feeling in the mood to exercise, put on your workout gear. It usually helps give me more motivation to get started. I may still find a few ways to procrastinate, but I will get going eventually.
Make a list of workout buddies
There’s nothing like having an extremely enthusiastic friend who will bully and guilt you into exercising. It’s even better if you have more than one of these workout buddies. You can even call them when you’re unmotivated and let them harass you into exercising. You can also return the favor. What are friends for?
Find your passion
You have to find the fitness routine that works for you. It may take you a few tries to get it right. I really enjoy kickboxing. There’s something about kicking and punching that just makes me happy. You may enjoy the feeling of a runner’s high. Or, yoga and pilates may help you balance your mind and body. I also like to play sports with friends – I get to have a few laughs and fit in a workout at the same time.
Do an easier workout
If you’re feeling particularly unmotivated, do an easier workout than you had planned. You may have intended to run three miles on the treadmill, but just can’t get in the mood. Do something less intensive like getting on an elliptical machine or joining a yoga class. Maybe it’s a really nice day, and you would rather walk outside. As long as you do something, you still benefit and can avoid feeling guilty.
Get everyday exercise
Everyday activities can count as exercise, too. Take the stairs, rather than an elevator or escalator, whenever you can. Instead of fighting for a close parking spot, park at the end of the lot and walk. If you take a train or bus, get off a few stops early and walk. You can even vacuum, clean house, change bed sheets, mop the floor, or shovel snow to fit in more exercise.
Turn off the TV
When the TV is on, it’s hard to get motivated to do anything. Turn it off and get moving. You can come back to it for a few minutes after you finish your workout.
Give yourself a goal for after you finish your workout. Do you like to have dinner with friends, browse at the mall, or maybe watch your favorite TV program? Make a deal with yourself that first you have to fit in your workout in order to do the fun stuff.
It’s much harder to be motivated if you’ve been sedentary all day. Make sure you find ways to stay active. Go out for lunch, take breaks, or stretch periodically throughout the day. When it’s time to workout, you will already be more motivated.
Mix it up
It’s easy to get bored doing the same thing every day. Plan out your week’s exercise routine. Walk or run a couple of times a week. Play tennis, racquetball, or swim. Do a spin class, yoga, pilates, kickboxing or aerobics. Mix it up with weight training. Find what you enjoy and create a plan that will keep you interested.
Reward yourself when you reach a specific goal or just for exercising on a regular basis. Just make sure your reward goes along with your fitness goals. If you’re trying to lose weight, buy a new outfit or book to read rather than rewarding yourself with an ice cream sundae. Or, put a dollar in a jar every time you workout and then spend it on something frivolous.
Use these tips to help you push past the unmotivated times and soon working out will become a healthy habit. You may even become an inspiration to those around you. Start working out now for a healthier, happier you!