If you want to start exercising but lack motivation, you are far from alone. Finding motivation is a real challenge for many. But it doesn't have to stay your challenge. To discover your own capabilities and stop making excuses, there are a variety of strategies you can use. Several of our favorite include approaches involving simplicity, enjoyment, achievability, or accountability.
Maybe one of these sounds best for you. Maybe you’ll need to try them all out. To start, we recommend the following:
- Start Simple
Don’t get ahead of yourself, especially when it comes to fancy equipment. You want to keep the obstacles to a minimum. Start by trying to incorporate things that you can do on your own without a gym membership like walking, hiking, yoga, and bodyweight training (like pushups, planks, lunges, jumping jacks, squats) into your regular life. All you need to start is a pair of shoes and a couple minutes of time.
- Set a Goal
Don’t focus on desired end-result type of goals like weight loss or muscle gain but instead, focus on smaller goals that are oriented around immediate actionable items. Purpose-giving goals can be like exercising 3 times a week, running farther, and so on. These are excellent ways to achieve small wins along your journey and can help keep your motivation levels high.
- Get Social
Finding a group of people that are into the same types of exercise as you are can up the social motivation game. People that exercise with others tend to enjoy their workouts more and having a support network can keep you on pace.
- Find a Passion
What might have started as a way to get more exercise may develop into a lifelong passion. Try a variety of activities like rock climbing, dancing, kayaking, tennis, the options are endless. Not only will your life be richer but you’ll support a well-rounded and agile body.
As always, we are here to help you achieve your goals. After you hit the gym or your latest activity, don’t forget to recover properly by treating yourself to a massage. We’re on your team!