Let’s be real for a sec. We all want a different tomorrow. Many people are searching for the magic pill to instantly lose their weight overnight and get huge within 1 month. None of that is real. The only way to shape your future whether it’s with your career, your relationships, or your physical health…you need to push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.
Most of us know this and c’mon…it’s common sense. The important question to ask is how do you motivate yourself to workout and exercise?
If you’re looking for the 10 ways to motivate yourself to workout, you won’t find it here. There are many ways to motivate yourself to work out and everybody will have a pretty awesome method they use, but for us on staff…here are the best ways to motivate yourself to workout and exercise:
Battle buddies – Motivating yourself to exercise is not an easy thing to do by yourself. Some of us feel strongly that it is nearly impossible to motivate yourself to exercise. Whatever your stance is, I think we can all agree that having somebody to keep you motivated and accountable is much easier to get your ass to the gym.
Start slow – Most people will get back in the gym, lift heavy and feel like they got a great workout. They probably did, but one of the biggest ways to lose motivation to workout is the incredible pain you feel the next day…or for the entire week for that matter. By the time you heal up, your brain has convinced itself that you don’t want to feel that pain again. Just because you were able to curl 50’s in college doesn’t mean you should start with that 5 or 10 years later. Start with 20’s, then work your way back up over time. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Measure results – If you’ve ever done any P90X workouts with Tony Horton, you know how important it is to write down what you did. If you don’t write down what you did this week, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll remember what you do next week, or a month after. The important thing to note is that you want to make sure you are able to lift more weights or lift the same weights for more reps. If your goal is trying to lose weight, you can measure your progress by stepping on a scale. If your goal is trying to get stronger or bigger, you can’t step on a scale and see your results…rather you need to know that you improved the weight you used or the number of reps you did.
Like I said before, there are a million ways to motivate yourself to diet better and exercise more, but these 3 are ones that work very well for us. Hope they work for you! We’ll leave you with a quote we really like to help other stay motivated.