how to get motivated to exercise (15 motivating tips)
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Getting motivated to exercise, starts before you go for a walk or lift weights.
Motivation stems from planning, being positive, acknowledging the benefits of the exercises you plan to do and that you’re not going to be perfect at every one of them.
By telling yourself that you’re going to give your next workout your best, that you may not like all of the exercises, but that you’ll have fun doing the ones you do enjoy, will help motivate you to start and complete the workout.
Going to bed a little earlier to get a little more sleep may be all that’s needed for that energy boost.
If you feel exhausted daily, start with a walk. Sometimes exercise will give you the energy you need, because moving around feels invigorating.
What foods you eat, and what drinks you consume, also factor into whether you’ll feel up to exercising.
Drinking alcoholic beverages the previous day will definitely tax your energy level and will make you feel like sleeping instead of moving.
If you eat a heavy meal before exercise, you’re not going to want to jump up and down, or do abdominal work. If your body requires to you to eat before exercising, choose something light, such as a fruit smoothie, or some fruit.
Fruit is an excellent pre-workout food because it’s low in calories, won’t upset your stomach, and the healthy carbs from fruit will give you an immediate source of glucose your muscles need.
Simple things like putting on a comfortable exercise outfit that makes you feel good and look good, planning your workout in advance by picking the exercises, how many of each exercise you plan to do, putting the days you plan to workout on your calendar, deciding the start and end times of your workouts, choosing your favorite music or creating a playlist, are surefire ways to motivate you so you’re looking forward to exercising.
Top 15 tips to get motivated to exercise
- be positive
- acknowledge the benefits of exercise you plan to do
- understand that you’re not going to be perfect at every exercise
- tell yourself that you’re going to give your next workout your best
- you may not like all of the exercises, but you’ll love the results
- go to bed a little earlier to get a little more sleep
- avoid drinking alcoholic beverages the previous day
- don’t eat a heavy meal before exercise
- eat a light snack, such as a fruit smoothie, or some fruit, pre-workout
- put on a comfortable exercise outfit that makes you feel good and look good
- plan your workout in advance by picking the exercises
- decide in advance, how many of each exercise you plan to do by writing it down
- put the days you plan to workout on your calendar
- decide the start and end times of your workouts in advance
- choose your favorite music or create a playlist
This video I put together contains over 80 clips of exercises I’ve performed, either at the gym, my yard, or my home gym, with upbeat music. You can walk and watch, or do whatever workout routine you want to the music, while feeling like you’re around, or with your top trainer, or gym buddy in your favorite fitness environment.
Here’s a partial list of the exercises shown in the video:
Play the above video to watch these exercises
Handing abdominal exercises
Hip thrusts on a Bosu ball with a single 70-lb dumbbell at Crunch Gym
Walking planks with chains
Single leg hip thrusts on a bench
Barbell overhead shrugs with 40-lbs
Squats with a 100-lb dumbbell (that’s about what I weigh!)
Wall-sit with four 35-pound plates totaling 140 pounds
Chest press on a pull-up machine’s foot pedal
Bent-over rows on a bench, back when it was World Gym
Push-ups on kettlebells
Lat pull downs
Side elbow plank while holding a swiss ball in between by feet
Static lunges with a plate under my heel while holding a heavy dumbbell in one hand
Mixed grip sumo barbell deadlifts
Kneeling hip thrusts
Heel-elevated goblet squats
Heels-elevated prisoner squats
Heels-elevated overhead squats
Single-leg glute bridge
Alternating, elevated banded glute marches
Single-leg kettlebell deadlifts
Standing quad stretch
Standing hamstring stretch
side plank with hip lifts
swiss ball hamstring curls
foam roller hamstring curls
front and side step-ups
neutral grip pull-ups
pull ups from the floor
front and rear leg elevated lunges
push-ups on yoga blocks
dips on pull-up machine
Bulgarian split squats
Bent-arm lateral raises
Play the YouTube video above so see these exercises done properly with upbeat music.
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