By: Ana Margarita Olar | Vigorbuddy.com
Engaging in new activities like exercise is fun and exciting at first. It seems impossible to squeeze exercise into your daily activity, let alone do it on a regular basis.
Here are some ways to enhance and keep your exercise motivation:
SAVOR THE PERSONAL BENEFITS OF EXERCISE.
No one can deny the benefits of exercise both to the mind and body. After a round of exercise, we feel renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated.
Savor this feeling and use this as your motivation for exercise. After a very tiring and stressful day and you want to hit the sheets, fight the urge by conditioning your mind and body about how good you’ll feel and how you will improve your productivity after an exercise.
This way, exercise becomes your habit and you’ll have a hard time putting it off your routine.
TRY SEVERAL EXERCISE ROUTINE
When you’ve finally succeeded to include exercise in your daily basis, another obstacle that can crush exercise motivation is boredom.
So you have to try different exercise routine that targets problem areas of your body. You can also include different types of exercise in your routine and alternate between high-intensity exercises and low impact exercise to prevent fatigue, exhaustion and possible damage to bones and muscles.
HAVE A FITNESS BUDDY
When you are enrolled in a fitness class, make an effort to arrive early so that you can take some time to chat around and know your fitness classmates.
According to Michelle Forter, Ph.D., professor of health sciences at the University of Ottawa, “This strategy works because you get your social fix while doing physical activity.
There is someone to push you up when you don’t feel like going to the gym and motivate you to continue exercising regularly.
SEARCH FOR MOTIVATIONAL ARTICLES REGARDING EXERCISE
Aside from surrounding yourself with motivational persons, you also have to enrich and refresh your knowledge regarding exercise through research. Discuss with your instructor whether you can incorporate other exercise regimens into your routine. You become more motivated to exercise because you are looking forward to trying something new in your routine.
LOG YOUR FITNESS PROGRESS ONLINE
Make a social media diary regarding your fitness progress. You can choose a social media platform or an online fitness tool where you can post your progress. You’ll be surprised at how much support you’ll get with your online friends.
Aside from the support, you can also enhance your exercise motivation because you’ll have this responsibility to regularly update your “viewers” regarding your progress.
So what are you waiting for? Start your own new exercise regimen and try these strategies.