How to stay motivated to exercise
Why motivation isn’t everything and what else you actually need Wouldn’t it be lovely if we all felt inspired or motivated all the time, if we always “felt like getting the thing done”? That certainly would be nice but it is absolutely unrealistic and unattainable. And striving for unbroken motivation will only lead to disappointment. That is all well and good, but what about getting exercise in during the winter months whilst still juggling everything else? How do we do it? Well, by creating something far more powerful than motivation – habit.
Here are some things you might be saying to yourself when you think about exercise:I want to be fitter. I could do with shedding a few pounds. I have eaten too much, I should work out. All of those thoughts come from a place of lack, fueled by something you don’t have and driven by not being enough or even feeling the need to earn what you already deserve or punishing yourself. Instead, maybe try adding a few more of those thoughts in: I have this amazingly capable body and I want to do something good for it. I really want to build on my current fitness level. My body deserves fuel and movement and I want to provide it. This is more the angle of what you already have and why exercising is actually the kinder choice. The reward comes from making these good choices and from working with your body and your desires, not against them. That said, note that there is nothing wrong with goal setting, specific fitness aims or pushing yourself every now and again – as long as the headspace remains one of kindness and of being enough.