By now we all know that exercise is a necessary component to lose weight and stay healthy. We also all know that we all come up with countless excuses as to why we just cannot spare the time to get active. Our daily lives are becoming increasingly busy, and with all of the running around we do in life, we feel as though we just do not have the time or the energy to run around for exercise. Truth be told, most people just flat out hate exercise. Since there is no other tried and true way to lose weight and keep it off without getting some form of physical exercise, here are a few tips to help motivate you to get moving and stay moving.
1. Give Yourself the Hard Sell
That’s right, give yourself the hard sell. It works for infomercials and it will work for exercise. Now this does not mean you have to beat yourself up for not spending time at the gym or for not going for your daily run, but you do have to put a good deal of pressure on yourself to get some sort of activity. Once you start to talk yourself into getting going, you will find you will be more willing to start exercising. It is truly an issue of mind over matter. When you change your mindset, you will find yourself keeping up with a daily workout schedule.
2. Remind Yourself How Good You Feel Afterward
How quickly we all seem to forget how good we feel after a workout. Energy levels are increased, stress levels are decreased, and sleep patterns are more normal. Many people think that exercise is going to sap the little bit of energy they have left, but it is really just the opposite that occurs. You will feel wonderful and you need to remind yourself this to keep yourself motivated.
3. Set a Short, Reasonable Goal
At the end of a long day you may find it very difficult to talk yourself into an hour at the gym. Try just a short exercise session. Take your dog for a short twenty-minute walk in the park, dance at a rapid pace for ten minutes, or spend fifteen minutes on the treadmill. Even a short session will get your heart pumping, your endorphins flowing, and increase your energy level.
4. Fuel up a bit
You may need a bit of liquid encouragement to get yourself moving, especially at the end of a work day. Have a small cup of coffee (preferably without cream and sugar), a low calorie caffinated soda, or a small amount of protein to give yourself a quick boost to insure you will have the stamina needed to complete your exercise routine.
5. Make Yourself Uncomfortable
Rather than rushing home and getting into your favorite sweats and snuggling up with your pillows on the couch in front of the television, change into your workout gear. Once you have dressed for a workout, you will not be able to skip it! When you are done, a nice hot shower and your sweats await. Use this thought as a bit of a reward for a job well done.