What's your motivation?
7/31/2015 2:20 PM
We all recognize the importance of being active. What challenges many of us is finding the motivation to be active on a regular basis. If vague goals such as “better health” or “weight control” aren’t working for you, here are some other tips for staying motivated.
THE BIG REWARD
Establish a reward that you can visualize while exercising. Whether it’s watching Netflix or taking an hour to yourself to read your novel, an extrinsic reward lets your brain latch on and find the activity worthwhile. This increases the odds of the behavior becoming a habit.
USE YOUR IMAgination
Positive thinking can be a powerful strategy. For example, when you’re deciding whether to get out of bed to go running in the morning, try to picture yourself there and how the sun will feel on your face or how the birds will sound waking up along with you. Even better, visualize how your favorite jeans will fit after a week of fitness.
DEFINE YOUR OBSTACLES
Are you too tired to go to the gym after work? Decide what the obstacle is so you can defeat it. Maybe it’s having all of your gym clothes ready in a bag or moving your jog to the morning instead. If driving to the gym is too daunting, you might save that money and begin evening walks around your block.
BUILD YOUR TEAM
Another great motivator is the accountability of an exercise partner. Together, you can keep a schedule and share in the joys of small successes. Walk with your spouse, ride bikes at night with your kids or invite a coworker to walk laps with you at lunchtime. It’s harder to skip an exercise date when someone else is expecting you!