Let me start out by saying, I don’t like to exercise. I think there was a point in time that I did semi-sort of enjoy it, but I was young and didn’t know any better. I think at the time I might have actually thought that it was fun too, I don’t know what I was thinking.
Now, I avoid it at all costs. I’ve never had that experience of feeling all energized after a workout. Generally, all I want to do after is take a nap or stop coughing. Still, I know it’s something that’s good for me and that I should do it. So how do I motivate myself to do something I really, really, really don’t want to do? Thinking back on when I used to exercise regularly I see what got me going:
1.) I had a goal. I’ve done things like giving myself a reward of eating a hamburger after I finished. This motivated me and helped give me something to focus on while working out (other than how miserable I felt).
2.) It was an activity I enjoyed. I love to walk. I like yoga. I like to dance. I do any of those pretty easily, meaning you don’t have to drag me kicking and screaming to do them.
3.) I had a partner. They say that working out with a partner will help keep you going. I’ve definitely found that to be true (except for when you motivate each other to skip the workout and go straight to the burger).
All these little things spark joy for me. Plus, I get to set a good example for my kids. I think they’re starting to get it. Just this morning, the little guy was yelling “Mom, let’s do beach yoga!” (We have a Beachbody video we do). While I didn’t jump up and say “let’s go” (since it was 6am), I now realize I have a new accountability partner who will keep me in line. Now it’s time to go and roll out that mat!
Do you have any habits that keep you motivated to workout? Share them in the comments below!