Exercise is so beneficial to our minds, bodies, and spirits. When you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll be doing something that’s good for yourself!
For example, you’ll probably extend your lifespan and you may stop an array of serious health conditions from developing, including hypertension and type 2 diabetes. As well, you’ll elevate your mood and find it easier to keep your weight at optimal levels.
Despite the obvious benefits of working out, some of us really struggle to find the motivation to exercise. We procrastinate and end up spending time on the couch, watching Netflix, rather than getting the healthy physical activity that we need.
Today, we’d like to show you how to get in the mindset to exercise regularly. Once you add regular exercise to your life, you’ll find that the advantages of doing so are myriad and that these benefits may even be life-changing!
Imagine All of the Possibilities
“Fitness is about so much more than exercise. It’s a catalyst for positive change, and it affects every aspect of your life.” – Amanda Russell (fitness guru)
Since you’re here reading this article today, you’re probably already spending time thinking about getting fit. To spark motivation and get going with a new exercise routine, imagine all of the possibilities, such as a clearer mind, a slimmer and sexier body, better energy levels and improved overall health.
Think about a time in your life when you did exercise a lot (if there was one) – didn’t you feel and look great then? If you can, find pictures of yourself from one of your fitter times in life and then keep them close by. If you’ve never really been super-fit, look for success stories online, whereby people changed their bodies and their whole lives by embracing the power of exercise and proper diet.
You’ll be amazed at what is possible with a bit of willpower and determination. These success stories will help you to visualize a success story of your own!
Showing yourself what’s possible is important. It’s about visualization which leads to manifestation. There are a plethora of great reasons to exercise and you should remind yourself of these reasons each and every day. Pictures and success stories are great ways to fan the flames of motivation!
Create the Right Daily Routines
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins (motivational speaker)
People who are determined to build exercise into their lives take care to plan ahead. This means laying out their workout clothes the evening before if they are planning morning workouts. Putting on your workout clothes as soon as you get out of bed will be very motivating!
If you want to work out after work, pack your gym bag the night before. The process of getting organized to exercise will help your mind to embrace change. It will prepare your mind to push forward and actually get you moving.
Some people create schedules which help to nix procrastination in the bud by signing up for local fitness classes. When you invest in fitness classes, you’ll be more likely to actually show up at a gym or fitness studio and then get the healthy physical activity that you need.
If you can’t afford classes or prefer to work out alone, you may create a routine by downloading a fitness-tracking app to your smartphone. These apps typically link users with communities of like-minded people, who form a virtual support group. They also often allow users to schedule workouts on calendars and access electronic reminders.
Consistency is key. Create a routine which helps to form new habits.
Keep Pressure Low at First
It’s best to start small, rather than doing a complete lifestyle overhaul. For example, if you never exercise, a brisk, twenty-minute walk around your neighborhood a couple of times per week will be a good starting point. You won’t need any special fitness equipment and you won’t need to spend money. However, if you can afford it, buying a FitBit or another piece of wearable technology which tracks your steps will be fun. It will also be motivating.
Remember that you aren’t lazy. You’re starting at ground level and you need to build a foundation for better fitness by beginning with shorter, less intense workouts. You don’t need to become an extreme athlete right away, or ever. It’s important to avoid an “all or nothing” mindset, as this type of “all or nothing” approach often leads to falling off of the fitness wagon. It’s simply too much pressure!
Look for Activities Which are Enjoyable
We can’t overstress the importance of finding physical activities that you don’t hate…there is always something enjoyable out there and the perfect form of exercise varies from person to person. For example, don’t force yourself to use a Treadmill if you’re going to be bored and miserable the whole time.
Instead, think of your personality and find a form of physical activity that suits your temperament. For some people, it might be hiking which includes a bit of bird-watching. For others, it’s Yoga or running or ice skating.
When an activity is fun, motivation is built-in. It’s worth experimenting with different physical activities in order to find something that works for you.
Now that you understand some practical ways to get into the right mindset for exercise, you’ll be ready to bust through mental blocks and become your best self.