Do you always sit on the couch and convince yourself to get up and get going to the gym? And you end up going like this for hours on end, later by the time you’re almost motivated, you might fritter away the time that you’ve got these things to do withthe guilt of not working out set in. This cycle repeats itself. So, in this article, I am going to discuss on how to motivate yourself for workout, for a healthier lifestyle.
Motivation Equals to Better Health
1Morning is the best time for work out
If you are thinking that it is easy to say, then know that I am not at all a morning person. I fantasize about becoming the one of that people, who gleefully gets up at the very crack of dawn, but this hasn’t just happened yet. In fact, I’m more of a night owl, who struggles to go to bed and most of the time it becomes past midnight. When, I started working on the nine to five routine, then I realized that the only way to actually exercise is, to make it the very first thing in the morning.
Yes, I know that it is hard to wake up sometimes, but sleeping for 20 more minutes won’t make it any easier! But reminding yourself for the luscious body of your desire every single morning can sometimes be effective.
2Think that it’s only for few minutes
While working out, if you make up your mind that it will only take a few minutes or an hour of exercise, then you can motivate yourself more and this motivation can also help working out more and more. When you do this manipulative trick in the mind, it gets more interesting and inspire us more for the workout. Just tell yourself that, it only takes 30 or 40 minutes, and go for it.
3Enjoy the classes
There are endless options like aeroyoga, boot camp, Zumba, trampoline, barre, so find something that will impress you. You can work on once a week, and make it a routine. You can also start working in a group, it can help in motivation and you can also find many inspirations.
4Remind Yourself on the after result
A quick sweat session is a remedy for every mood. If your life gets chaotic, you convince yourself that you don’t have time and energy for exercising. But remember that this is a calming, empowering as well as sanity saving part of the motivation. Think about the body you have aspired for so long and how the after effectfrom the workout can help you achieve that result.
Some people will go with the goal of being motivated by goals like ‘weight control’ or ‘better health’. Butif this process is not helping for you, then you can try going for like a business deal. Such as treating yourself once a week with whatever food you like to eat or watching your favourite TV series.
This neurological ‘habit loop’ can involve triggering the behaviour by setting a routine and then getting a reward. This extrinsic reward is so powerful that the brain latches on it and make the link that this behaviour is worthwhile. It increases the odds and becomes a habit.
With time, this motivation becomes intrinsic, the brains starts to associate the sweat and pain that can surge the endorphins. These endorphins are responsible for continuing the rush for the workout. Later when you train your brain that the workout itself is the reward, you won’t even feel to take the treat.
6Rethink Positive Thinking
Positive thinking has been promoted as the visualization of the motivational strategy. When you decide to get out of bed and go running in the morning, you can imagine how the rays of the morning sun will feel on the face or how much delighted you will be, when you see the muscles developing.
You can also identify, that what is holding you back to overcome you wish, this technique is called ‘mental constructing’. It can help you in thinking what can be the solution for the problem of your holding back part. How can it inspire you more and can also help in overcoming as well as making a plan.
7Don’t be so hard on yourself
Don’t think that you are lazy, these things are just hard. Don’t label yourself, you are just starting out. If someone runs 8 kms a day, this doesn’t mean that you must also run like them on the first day. They might have improved over time, even you will improve over time. It is just that you are working on these kind of stuff for the first time.
By – Triptika Basu