After the holidays I felt a little bit lazy and it was hard to get back on track and work out. So I decided to share with you some tips that help me with motivation and discipline.
Decide what is your “why”
You can’t always rely on external factors, such as a vacation, to motivate you. Defining your “why” for exercise will give you a personal or emotional investment in your goals. Another reason you may not be motivated to exercise is because you view it as being difficult. Seeing exercise as something negative—boring, pointless, difficult, repetitious, etc. Isn’t likely to inspire you to get to the gym. If anything, it is more likely to inspire you to avoid it.
Schedule it in your calendar
Decide what type of workout you’ll do, for how long, and where. Then, spend 10 minutes planning your activity for the rest of the week. having a daily routine that incorporates physical activity helps to promote regular exercise.
Watch and work out
Just can’t say “no” to your favorite TV show? Except laying in bed and watching it you can just watch it and do something for your body. Hop on the treadmill or other cardio equipment, turn on the TV, and watch the time fly by. You can even make it a habit to only watch your favorite show when you’re exercising.
Make a playlist
People love to pair music and exercise but it may surprise you to learn that there are scientific reasons why the two go together so well. There are many benefits to listening to music while you exercise but they all boil down to the simple fact that listening to music makes exercise feel easier and more pleasurable allowing you to work out harder than you would in silence.
Put your alarm out of reach
When you decide that you should wake up early to work out just put your alarm out of reach and you can also put outfit for training on. This forces you to get up and out of bed. And, if you already have your clothes on, you’re halfway to your workout.
Listen to a podcast
Choose a podcast you’ve been wanting to listen to, and only cue it up when you’re working out. This gives you something to look forward to when a gym session doesn’t sound all that appealing.
Use a fitness app
There are hundreds of fitness apps with workouts ranging from yoga and Pilates to high-intensity interval training and bodyweight circuits. Choose one app and schedule daily workouts that focus on different fitness goals.
Set small goals
When it comes to losing weight, small goals win out every time. Start with daily goals, then weekly goals, monthly goals, and finally, aim to hit your target.
And most importantly for the end:
Do what you love
Exercising after work should give you an energy boost and help take your mind off of the day. Choosing activities and workouts that you enjoy and look forward to can help keep you motivated more often.