When we don’t feel like exercising it is usually due to a lack of motivation. If we slow down and try new approaches to our exercise regimens, we can push ourselves to continue and better our health.
Research shows that:
- Only five percent of adults get 30 minutes of physical activity every day
- Only one-third of the adult population gets the recommended amount of weekly physical activity.
- Less than 20 percent of adolescents do not get enough aerobic physical activity.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to these low statistics, but one of the most common contributors is low motivation.
Listed below are four questions you should ask yourself in order to achieve a motivational boost.
- What’s holding you back? In order to renew our energy for our exercise routines, we need to first reflect on what’s discouraging us from exercising. Impractical goals, slow results, boring exercise routines, and unsustainable routines can ruin our motivation. Once we find the source of our discouragement we can come up with mindful solutions.
- What brings you joy? Bringing a little excitement to your exercises and having fun is one of the most important ways to stay motivated. Physical activities that can be done in a group are a fun way to exercise. This includes dance classes and recreational sports such as volleyball, basketball, or soccer. Exercise can also be turned into a relaxing, bonding event for friends, such as a weekend hiking trip or a trip to the coast for surfboarding.
- Do you have a cheerleader? Hiring a professional trainer can also help you stay motivated. A physical trainer can create a custom exercise program that will keep you challenged physically and mentally. They can also help you set realistic goals so you don’t get discouraged. Also, consider talking to a nutritionist to ensure that you are maintaining a healthy diet that energizes you for your exercise routines.
- Are you rewarding yourself? Sticking to a reward system (no matter how small the reward is) will give you the initiative to keep going. A relaxing day at the spa, new workout gear, one day off your regular exercise routine, or even a slice of cake for dessert could potentially be an exercise reward.