“You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.” Michael Phelps
Try as hard as I might, I do not have the power to motivate you to exercise.
I wish I did…
But the fact is, you have to motivate yourself. Actually, you don’t need motivation, you need to develop it as a natural routine, like brushing your teeth.
I know it can be difficult at times. There is always an excuse not to exercise, so you have to look close at the benefits.
In this post, I am going to share some great motivational techniques to help you exercise.
Tricks When Motivation Is Running Low
If you rely on motivation you can never have a life of exercise. Motivation wears thin but firewall yourself from excuses
But these tricks can get you through rough patches…
Keep Your Exercise Gear In Plain Sight
If you crawl out of bed and see your running shoes and workout clothing as well as other exercise gear staring you in the face, you are more apt to (as Nike says) Just Do It!
As a busy entrepreneur myself, I know how easy it is to have our minds on other tasks. But the visual reminder to exercise will bring us back to reality.
Keep A Journal About Your Exercise Routines
It seems that when we write down our experiences and progress, we are compelled to keep the “book” going.
And who knows, maybe it can be a published book in the future.
A Written Commitment
There have been studies that show when a person signs a commitment to follow through on something (in front of friends), they are more inclined to carry through with that commitment.
If you really want to drive yourself even harder, have a penalty such as you give $5 for every exercise session you miss.
That seems too light; make it a $20 penalty.
A Dedicated Partner
It always helps to find a person who has similar exercise goals. When 1 person is feeling a lack of motivation, the other person can push them into the groove.
Set a time and a place and you will soon discover that your motivating factor also includes not letting your friend down.
Get that great workout music playlist and set your ipod up for that daily exercise routine. The right music can have you wanting to keep exercising even when you should be getting ready to go to the office.
Try This App
I have never used it myself but there are people who swear by the app Zombies, Run. It is a game that forces you to exercise to escape the zombies and fulfill missions.
You know, after looking at this crazy app, I may have to give it a try. You can too; just click here.
A Time Machine
While technology has made life easier in many ways, it has also made the world obese in a whole lot of ways.
People don’t realize that just by turning off some of the devices or not using them, we will be exercising.
- Rake the leaves with an old fashioned rake.
- Vacuum the floor with the Kirby instead of letting that little robot do it.
- Open the garage door by hand.
- Get off the couch to turn the television channel.
Just consider what is keeping you from moving and stop using it.
Make An Exercise Plan
I know that for the majority of us, we live by a plan book daily. So it only makes sense to plan your exercise and fit it into all your other plans.
Hire A Personal Trainer
Sometimes we just need a coach… a trainer to push us down the right direction. Just having that person giving us that nudge will do wonders.
By the way, I do train. So if this is the motivation you need, just contact me and I will help you get in the workout routine.
I hope this post helped “fire you up”. I know it pumped me up, so I think I will go for a jog. What are your exercise plans?
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