How to Get Motivated to Exercise Rapid Safe Weight Loss
How to Get Motivated to Exercise
Posted in Uncategorized - 12 June 2010 - No comment
We all know that regular exercise is an important part of every weight loss plan, but sometimes it’s hard to feel motivated to actually do it. Even if you genuinely enjoy working out, finding the motivation to get up and get started can be a major challenge, especially when you’re tired, busy, or just plain uninspired.
Today we’re going to share a few easy methods for boosting your motivation to exercise, and you may be surprised by how quickly they work:
When you feel uninspired about something, it’s usually because you are under the spell of negative thoughts like these: “I’m too tired to work out. I don’t feel like it. I’ve got too much to do. It will take too much effort to work out, and I don’t have it in me today.”
A great way to get motivated to exercise is to replace those negative thoughts with workout-friendly thoughts! Sit quietly for five minutes and imagine yourself working out. See yourself being “in the zone,” feeling great, burning fat, sweating up a storm and LOVING every minute of it! This powerful imagery interrupts the flow of negative thoughts and triggers a flow of positive thoughts related to exercise, which immediately creates a DESIRE to be in that enjoyable state.
Another great motivator is to commit to just STARTING to work out, even if you don’t feel like it initially. Make a promise to yourself that you will at least start working out, and do just that. Most likely, once you get started it will seem silly to stop mid-way through a workout, so you’ll end up finishing the full workout.
After a workout you feel great, right? Feel-good endorphins are flowing through your body, you’ve burned off a lot of tension and frustration, your muscles feel loose and relaxed, and you feel energized. Focus on that great feeling for a few minutes, and look forward to feeling that way when you finish your workout. You can even add in a few verbal incentives by saying things like this: “I love the way I feel after a workout. Clear, strong, energized, balanced – I want to feel that way right now! All I have to do is workout for a little while and I will! Okay, I’ve convinced myself, I’m going to work out so I can enjoy that great feeling just a few minutes from now.”
The trick with all of these techniques is to nudge yourself over that first small hill of resistance. Once you overcome that hurdle, it’s smooth sailing all the way.
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