There are people who absolutely love to exercise and look forward to it every single day. If you’re not one of those people, it’s nothing to be ashamed of and you’re not alone. Finding and keeping the motivation to exercise is something many people struggle with daily. A few helpful tips can get you on track to better exercise and although you may never love it, you can at least learn to enjoy it more.
Do workouts you like
If you hate running, don’t commit yourself to running every day because it won’t happen. Instead, choose workouts and exercise that you actually enjoy. Exercise is more than strenuous aerobics or lifting heavy weights and can include anything you love that gets your heart rate up. Hitting the tennis courts with a friend or walking your dog in the fresh air can both provide great exercise while still being fun.
Track your progress
Stepping on the scale daily to look for weight loss isn’t the best measurement of your workout progress. Everyone’s body is different and your physical condition can improve even if you’re not dropping pounds. A better way to track your progress is by investing in a wearable fitness tracker that monitors heart rate and calories burned. If you don’t want to invest in this type of device, try a fitness app on your phone to log exercise and receive estimated calories burned. If you’re someone who loves walking, try an app that includes GPS to track how far you’ve walked, your pace, and estimated calories burned. The ability to track and quantify your progress can motivate you to keep exercising.
Find a workout partner
When you have someone to workout with, they can motivate you to go to aerobics or spinning class when you might skip it if you were going solo. Knowing you have a friend to workout with can give you something to look forward to because you can catch up while exercising. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends if they want to exercise with you. You might find that they’ve wanted to work out more but didn’t want to go it alone. If your friends don’t live close enough to work out with you, consider joining a local hiking club or recreational sports team to make new workout friends.
Breathe fresh air
Exercising indoors is better than not exercising at all, but working out in the fresh air can be even better. Being out in nature can help lift your spirit as those endorphins start pumping on your walk through the neighborhood or along the local trails. Riding the bike path along the lake or walking through the sand of the local beach provides beautiful scenery as you burn calories. Breathing fresh air and leaving the confines of the indoors makes you feel more alive and energized. Those wonderful feelings can be just the encouragement you need to get out and exercise every day.
Relying on sheer willpower to exercise every day may not work for you and can lead to failure as you make excuses for not being more active. A better way to promote daily exercise is to utilize techniques that make it enjoyable for you. When you have fun working out, you’re more likely to adopt lifelong healthy habits.