Want to stay motivated to exercise? It’s all in the mind!
One of my very good friends recently asked me “Do you ever lose the motivation to exercise and if so, what do you do to stay motivated to exercise?”
Being an endorphin junkie I don’t often suffer from those days but on occasion, I will have the “I really can’t be bothered this morning” attitude. But, I started to think about it and realised that it takes a certain type of mindset to then get that physiological ‘fix’. This led me to question, what is it about my mindset that makes me exercise 6 days a week without question?
It’s a combination of mindset and habit
I believe it is a combination of mindset and habit i.e. thinking and planning consistently each day which then turns into a habit. So here are my tips that work for me and many of the clients I have coached over the years:
Tip 1: have rehearsed proactive thoughts
Have rehearsed, proactive thoughts that you can call on when needed. When it comes to the crunch, if you don’t have a positive, proactive mindset then you’ll revert back to your usual, old ways of thinking and feel defeated. For me, it is “
When it comes to the crunch, if you don’t have a positive, proactive mindset then you’ll revert back to your usual, old ways of thinking and feel defeated. For me, it is “non negotiable” which means that if I ever feel unmotivated, this statement pops in my head instantly. The fact that I have rehearsed this thought many times means that I am 99.9% sure I will do my exercises (being human means that it will never be 100% guaranteed!)
Tip 2: make sure your ‘why’ outweighs your justifications and excuses
If you’re asking yourself “what do you mean by why?’ then there lies your issue! Your ‘why’ is all about your reason to take a certain action e.g., from feeling more
Your ‘why’ is all about your reason to take a certain action e.g. from feeling more self confident, to finding a new love interest to being a better role model for your children! It has to tug at the heart strings otherwise it will just be an intellectual goal that looks good on paper but is never achieved. The way I see it is that people will move mountains if they have the right type of motivation.
The way I see it is that people will move mountains if they have the right type of motivation.
Tip 3: visualise your motivation
Do you visualise your motivation? I must admit that I have taught positive psychology for many years, encouraging my clients to ‘visualise their motivation’ by creating their own vision boards. Do you think I
Do you think I practised what I preached??
Of course not!
Until one day I realised that the one thing that was missing from my life was self belief so I decided to give it a try. As expected, I started to live the words and pictures that I stuck on the board. So much so that they started to become a reality.
So be careful for what you wish for!!
For a vision board to truly work, you need to have it in your sight, preferably each morning when you wake up. We do not always wake up on the right side of the bed so seeing a collage of positive images can really shift our mood! My vision board is stuck on the back of my bedroom door so I see it every morning and take a minute to appreciate it before facing the day.
Tip 4: give yourself permission to bend the rules
There are times when it doesn’t matter what you say, you really do not want to exercise, right?! For a black and white
For a black and white thinker this is “I am either going to do my full session or nothing at all’.
Instead, you could come up with a compromise. a bit of a shades of grey approach, which will still give you an endorphin fix minus the guilt factor. So if you normally run for 45 minutes, then just do 30 minutes or do half your weight session. This will also help you to keep up the exercise habit.
Tip 5: enlist help
If you find that even your own self talk is not enough perhaps rely on someone else like a personal trainer or friend. I must admit, having a personal trainer helps me keep on track and is therefore a good investment.
How do you stay motivated? Share your tips below!
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