The New Year may be here, but the extra pounds most people have gained over the holidays are here to stay. If you’re like everybody else, you’re thinking of hitting the gym to lose all that weight from the festive holidays. Unfortunately, not everyone will achieve their weight loss goals, so by the end of the year, they will make the same resolutions again only to fail the following year.
If you’re tired of making the same promises every year, maybe it’s time to motivate yourself so you can hit that treadmill every morning. Here are some 9 awesome tips to motivate yourself to exercise on a regular basis.
Do it at a set time every day
The first objective of getting your butt off the couch and exercise daily is by developing a habit. What would be a better way of doing that than by doing it at the same time every single day? Developing a habit does indeed take some time, that’s why you need to exercise at the same time of day each day to program yourself so the feeling becomes natural. Eventually, exercising is just second nature to you once if you keep doing it. Just like with everything else in life, it takes repetition to be a master at something or to be good at what it is you choose to do. So even if you’d never exercised before, or you found it boring to exercise, develop yourself a habit so it’s already programmed in your personal system.
Some people have a hard time developing a habit to exercise because they have no spare time to do it. If this is the case, the best time to exercise is in the morning when you’re just prepping for the day ahead and you’re likely spending so much time checking social media and watching tv. That way, you will feel accomplished and you don’t have to be bothered anymore should you have a busy day. People tend to get lazy when the day gets to a close and they’re too exhausted to do anything.
Many of us want to challenge ourselves and get better every day. When it comes to fitness, the only way to get better at it is through repetition, and by doing reps every day you push your body out of your comfort zone while reaping the benefits one can gain from exercise (weight loss, muscle growth, toning, etc.) However, you shouldn’t just stick to the same set of reps every single day because that would be boring and stagnating. Every day, record your reps and minutes and aim to increase them every day. By aiming to increase them, you’re pushing yourself to top your previous self, doing things you never thought you could.
Do something you like
Many of us feel like exercise is a chore that needs to be done with quickly. Exercise isn’t just staying in the gym and using heavy equipment. There are ways to make fitness fun so you don’t have to get bored. Dancing, sports and even household chores are just some ways to burn calories without forcing yourself every day.
Get a professional coach/fitness trainer
If you can’t push yourself to exercise, maybe someone else can. Hiring a professional coach or fitness trainer will be your guide, your motivator and your go-to source for everything related to fitness. She will supervise you, and even cheer you on as you work out. And since people naturally don’t want to disappoint others, you will likely give it your all as she encourages you to do more on your next session.
Get a buddy/partner
If hiring a weight loss coach or fitness trainer is quite expensive for you, having a buddy or a partner who will hold you accountable is a good alternative. Someone you can work out with or somebody you can tell your fitness goals to can definitely work wonders. Or if you have a spouse, you guys can be fitness partners.
Join a fitness class or group
Is there a fitness class in your area that you can attend? Maybe being in a social setting will work for you. You might need a change of scenery where a coach or an instructor will be there to not only teach you that yoga, gymnastic moves or workout routines but will also push you past your limits and reach your goals. Besides, being in groups can be fun since it could help you make friends and break your anxiety (if you have one). A fun group workout can definitely break that laziness. There’s something to look forward to, and if you happen to like it, you will get into fitness more and more.
DietBet.com is a social group where you declare your weight loss goal and wager a bet with fellow members. If you win the bet, the money from other people will be yours but if you don’t win, then you will lose the money. It’s a little-known site that actually has generated a ton of buzz in the fitness community because of the nature of how it works. It’s been shown that money can be a great motivating factor for weight loss With that said, even if the money being wagered isn’t much to some, the point is you’re able to prove to everyone that you can do it and the feeling of winning, even if you consider yourself the lazy type, is priceless.
There’s no other feeling like being rewarded. If you hate the thought of sweating, huffing and puffing, that feeling is all the more fulfilling. If you hate having money as a motivating factor to exercise, you can try other type of rewards. Give it to yourself after you accomplish your goal. Set a goal that’s high enough it will intimidate you a little, and not too easy that it will feel empty even if you do it. That way your confidence increases and you will have a high hitting the gym. Examples of rewards? Gift certificates, movie tickets, a longer alone time for yourself or clothes you’re meaning to buy. Don’t use food as a reward as it will only defeat the purpose of being fit.
Do it in your spare time
Many of us spend hours working out in the gym, but you can still do it if you have so little time. The key is inserting some exercise in your spare time despite how busy you are. That is why you should exercise as much as you can. For example, when watching tv, you can do jumping jacks during commercial breaks. You can also try desk exercises if you spend so much time in your cubicle. The idea of hitting the gym or doing strenuous work in yoga pants is intimidating to some, but if you keep things simple you might just find it easy.
Get inspired on social media
Inspirations are all around us every day, especially on the internet. People share their lives on the web especially on social media, so it’s not surprising to see before and after stories from people who successfully shed off all those pounds, no matter how tough that was. YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook are just some of the best sources of genuine stories from people who finally made it while detailing what they did and how they did it. If you read or watch their stories, you will just be amazed by their stories and that just might inspire you to stop procrastinating and conquer your weight problem. If they can do it, why can’t you?
Exercising daily may sound intimidating to some at first, but if you keep at it every day and never lose focus, you will achieve great things. Next thing you know, you’re loving every minute of it. Good luck!
Dul Sagles is a freelance writer who loves to write about fitness and digital marketing. During her spare time, she reads a lot of novels, loves gardening and browses the web in general.