Motivation to exercise slipping ?...Here are some motivational tips to help you hang on to it...
We all know that exercise and being active is so important for our health. Our bodies are designed to be active and thrive on it. Long before supermarkets came along if we wanted to eat we had to go out and hunt for our food, whether it be hunting down animals or gathering berries and to do that we had to get off our bums move. Being active builds muscle, strengthens our bones, relieves stress and releases all sorts of happy hormones into our bloodstream.We know that it lowers our chances of certain health problems - high blood pressure, heart disease, some cancers and diabetes to name just a few.
It doesn't matter if you're fat or thin, short or tall, young or old, a boy or a girl, disabled or able bodied we need to exercise and the good thing is there is some form of exercise for everyone, it is just a matter of finding something we enjoy. The tricky bit is being motivated and staying motivated. Even the most dedicated of people get days where it takes all their will power to get moving.
- What is motivation? and why it is important in our lives...
An article on why motivation is important in our lives.
Do you find it hard to finding the motivation to exercise?
You've found a way of exercising that suits you, you feel great and you thought all was going well, until after a while you find your enthusiasm slipping. Don't panic, it really does happen to us all. Staying motivated can be tricky, but not impossible, there will be days that you don't want to climb out of bed - especially in the winter!! Or the last thing you feel like doing after a long hard day at work is exercising even though you now understand how a good workout will feel after a bad or long day. The trick is to find what will keep you motivated enough to push on. I can share my motivation tips with you, some are things you probably find yourself already doing. I love gadgets and recording my progress, they are the things I know help to motivate me. Here are some more....
- Don't stick to the same routine constantly, change things around, don't be scared to try different things. Boredom is draining and will ruin your enjoyment. Imagine eating the same food day in and day out, it wouldn't be long before you lost the will to eat. It's no different with exercise.
- My favourite workouts are running or cycling, but once or twice a week I'll do some light weights or workout with kettlebells - which are great fun, but you do need to learn how to handle them properly. Chopping and changing what you do is not only good for your motivation, it's actually good for your body too, if you do the same workout every day, not varying weight or intensity your body will become accustomed to it, which means that it won't find the routine a challenge, so you'll reach a point where you stop making progress.
- Don't over do it!! Over doing the exercising can be as bad as not doing any at all. You'll drain yourself, your body must have time to repair itself and build muscle and it can't do that if you're constantly pounding it.... I must add that everyone is different and has different levels of fitness, so the amount of exercise one person does with ease, can be too much for someone else.
- Keep a record of your workouts. Time spent exercising, times, speed, distance, weights lifted, heart rate, weight-loss - document anything that your interested in knowing. So at times when you lack motivation or hit a plateau - which can be disheartening - you can look back over your records and see how far you've come and you'll be motivated to carry on.
Little bits of technology that help to keep me motivated.
- This is my favourite gadget that helps to keep me motivated.I had my heart set on a Garmin forerunner for a couple of years before I treated myself to one. It's everything I wanted and more. It has a virtual running partner that you can race against. It keeps track of distance, km run, speed, heart rate and so much more..In fact the information it stores is quite amazing and you can upload it to your computer, where you can study graphs maps, averages, compare runs. This watch can be used for running or cycling. It is on the pricey side, but for me it's made all the difference to my workouts. There are cheaper models, but in my mind this is the bees knees.
- Music plays a big part in keeping me motivated during a workout. I'll tell myself that I'll exercise until the end of a song, if I find my mojo slipping, then I'll find I'm mid kilometre or rep, then I'll have to finish the km or set by which time another great song may have come on. I play mind games and it works well in keeping me going.
This was my first pedometer, it's a nice size and surprisingly accurate.
This is a more recent model to the one above.
- Pedometers are affordable and keep track of the distance walked, steps taken and calories burned. I had used an Omron pedometer before splashing out on my Garmin.
I've had this odometer for a few years now and has never let me down.
- Odometers are a good way of keeping track of your distance, speed and average whilst cycling. This one I've had for a few years, it keeps track of your distance even when your just pottering around on your bike. My Garmin has taken over now though, but it served it's purpose in helping to keep me motivated at the time.
There will be times where we really battle to stay motivation....
It's only natural to loose the motivation to exercise from time to time. Taking a few days break won't result in a drop of fitness and may even help you to find your mojo again. So don't be too hard on yourself.