How to Motivate Yourself for Fitness

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Are you looking forward to making your weekly spin sessions or strength classes a regular ritual? Many exercisers often want to exercise more but they rarely get that workout motivation that will enable them make fitness to be part of their normal day routines. Fortunately, psychologists and economists have been able to discover what can motivate exercisers to keep exercising regularly. If you want to get motivation for regular exercise, you could try the following tips.

Reward Yourself

reward-yourselfMost people engaging in fitness programs often have vague fitness goals such as weight control or better health. This may not always be a source of motivation. According to one leading fitness expert the benefits of working out should be tangible. For instance, you could treat yourself to your favorite smoothie or to a movie at the end of every month. A tangible reward is very powerful in fitness motivation because this will trigger your brain to believe that exercising should be a good routine because of the reward that follows.

By rewarding yourself, you should be able to motivate yourself to at least work out thrice a week. Creating a habit loop will trigger the behavior associated with the routine which eventually results in a reward. This increases the chances of a routine becoming a habit. As time goes, the motivation becomes extrinsic because the brain starts to associate pain and sweat. This results in a surge of endorphins (these are the feel good hormones that the brain releases). The endorphins will then propel you to be exercising frequently. Once your brain has been trained to recognize that the greatest reward is the workout itself, the treat won’t even be required any longer.

Sign a Contract Committing Yourself

sign-a-contract-with-yourselfYou can make promises to yourself every day, but research has shown that you will most likely follow through your promises with a pledge if you make them at the presence of your friends or close family members. You could for instance, sign a commitment contract saying that if you are not going to exercise at least three times a week, you are going to get fined $20. According a health decision science professor at Stanford University, this commitment will go a long way in ensuring that you stick to your exercising routine. An example of commitment is, ‘I will be exercising thrice a week, and I promise to pay my pal $20 if I won’t honor this promise’. This will trigger your brain to prepare itself for regular exercise. In order to be fit and healthy you have to overcome the initial displeasure experience so that you recognize the long term exercising benefits.

The Power of Positive Thinking

positive-thinkingIn order to get motivation for your exercising, you need to think positively. You have to keep visualizing the long term benefits of exercising as opposed to seeing the displeasures associated with it during the initial stages. For instance, when you decide to wake in the morning and go running, you should be able to visualize how beautiful it will be experiencing sunrise as you run in the woodlands or the footpaths, or how awesome you will look in a afit body. With positive thinking, once you imagine an obstacle, you brain will automatically figure out ways of overcoming it. For you to actualize the dream of having a well toned body, you should accompany these feel-good fantasies with realistic methods of problem solving. Once you have identified your wish, be it a good looking body or a good body mass index, you have to figure out what holds you back. This is called mental contrasting. Are you too tired to exercise after work? Once you picture this obstacle, you will be able to come up with a working formula, for instance, you could switch to working out in the morning or during lunch hours.

Surround Yourself with Supportive People

surround-yourself-with-positive-peopleLook at your close acquaintances. If you aren’t exercising yet, chances are high that you are surrounded by people who are not fitness oriented. For you to succeed in exercising you should have close and supportive fitness oriented people who share the same your fitness goals. The best way of exercising is to have a training partner. A training partner will be there for you to talk about the good and the bad, the negative and the positive. If you surround yourself with inactive people, they will not be able to understand your experience, and therefore, they will offer little or no motivation at all.

For you to succeed in exercising, you just need to begin the routine and know that as you progress, things will get better. The biggest obstacle to any exercising routine is to start. The moment you start, you will have overcome the biggest obstacle. Starting will put you in motion and create momentum that will guide you to the finish line. By following these tips of getting motivation to exercise, you should be able to begin.