For the past five years my new year’s resolution was to start exercising. Exercise is my down fall, not because I don’t enjoy it, but because I often find it difficult to fit in (hello 9-5, I’m looking at you). This year I finally managed to slowly incorporate exercise into my routine. Whilst I’m not doing lots of exercise, I finally motivated myself to exercise for at least ten minutes five times a week. Whilst this probably doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s a lot more than when I wasn’t doing any exercise at all!
Some people have a lot of enthusiasm to exercise, but for most of us, finding the motivation is really hard. So here are a few things I always like to do to keep myself motivated and inspired.
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REMIND YOURSELF WHY
Remember the reason you want to exercise in the first place. For me it was to feel healthy and fit without getting out of breath going up the stairs. I also wanted to get rid of that guilt I felt for neglecting my body and fitness.
It’s easy to lose sight of why you’re doing something, especially if you’re just focused on how much you don’t want to do it. So when you find yourself feeling demotivated, think about why you have to do it—don’t just think about the fact that it’s looming over your head. When you remind yourself the reason, it’s so much easier to just do it.
SET REALISTIC GOALS
Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting goals for yourself you have no chance of hitting. Choose goals that are challenging but realistic. That’s why I promised myself at least ten minutes exercise five times a week, I know that if I had tried to fit in an hour workout, this would be impossible for me to maintain in terms of time and my fitness levels. I took it slowly, and now am able to find the time to exercise every week. Since my fitness levels have improved and I’ve found a way to include this in my daily routine, I will increase this goal to fifteen minutes and so forth.
I think it’s also important not to beat yourself up if one day you’re not able to do your workout or simply just don’t feel like it. If you’re having an off day, are crazy busy or feeling ill, give yourself a break. Do exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it.
FOLLOW INSPIRING PEOPLE
Another way I find motivation is to follow inspiring people on social media. This encourages me to work harder and remember my goals. Although it’s important not to compare yourself to others, following people who make you feel inspired and confident is really important. I love Carly Rowena, Cassey Ho, Annie Jaffrey and the Tone it up girls.
Even reading inspirational quotes can be really helpful on your lazy days.
HAVE FUN WITH IT
Find an exercise you love and will really enjoy doing. For me I love Pilates and I find it really relaxing. However doing the same things over and over can get a bit boring and leave you not wanting to do it. So mix it up, try a different class or go with a friend for some extra fun.
I personally don’t go to the gym, I look on YouTube for exercise videos I think I will enjoy and do it at home. There’s so many free resources out there, you’re bound to find something you enjoy doing.
WEAR SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
We all know we feel better when we look great. Call it vain, but I don’t see the harm in wanting to look nice to go to the gym. It helps you feel more confident and your much more likely to go, if you know you have a cute outfit to wear.
Call it shallow or materialistic but personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to make yourself look nice and feel confident to go the gym. It’s a place where we all probably feel a little vulnerable so feeling your best is one the easiest steps to making it a little less daunting.
Plus wearing casual cute gym clothes is so fashionable right now!
Be patient and don’t get disheartened if you aren’t seeing the results straight away. It takes time and consistency before you will notice any difference, around the 6 week mark. Just be proud and confident in the fact that you are doing something great for your body.
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