We all know exercise is one of the best things you can do for overall health & wellness.
But ... staying active & consistently exercising is much easier said than done.
With work, family, and all the other life stressors always pulling at you ... it can be extremely tough to stay motivated for exercise, especially with so many other things on your plate 24/7.
And we all know that once we lose that motivation ... it's an uphill battle to get it back.
So, because finding motivation to exercise is even harder during the fall & holiday season ... we want to share with you these 5 tips to keep you motivated for exercise.
Tip #1 - Make Exercise Part of Your Daily Routine
Just like you would pencil in grocery shopping or house chores ... make time for daily movement. This might be something as simple as a 30-minute walk or bike ride. But if you write it down and make it part of your daily tasks, or your to-do list ... you're much more likely to make it happen.
Overtime, you'll start to notice it will become habit ... just like most of your daily tasks. You won't have to rely on motivation to do it, it will simply become part of your routine.
Tip #2 - Find Activities You Enjoy
You don't have to lift weights, do Crossfit, or run marathons ... you can find things you personally enjoy that get your body moving. Now by all means, if you enjoy those types of workouts ... do them! But things like hiking, swimming, bike riding, rucking, group fitness classes ... or even playing recreational sports a few times per week can all count as exercise.
When you enjoy what you're doing ... you're much more likely to stay consistent.
And when it comes to your results ... consistency is key.
Tip #3 - Exercise With Friends
One of our favorite tips ... because fitness is a lot more fun with friends. Having a friend (or friends) by your side makes just about any form of exercise more fun. Even something as simple as going on a walk or hike together can be a blast. Group classes can also be very fun with friends. Things like Zumba, yoga, Pilates, dance classes ... the list goes on.
You & your friends can help push each other and hold each other accountable ... which will greatly increase your chances of seeing positive results!
Tip #4 - Have a Strong WHY
Your WHY is the reason behind the fitness goals you have. The reason WHY you want to exercise & take care of yourself. This could be setting a better example for your children or spouse ... or maybe it's to avoid illness that runs in your family. Whatever it may be ... keep it in mind. When your WHY is strong ... it makes it much easier to get up & put in some work, even when you may lack motivation.
Tip #5 - Set Goals & Reward Yourself
Maybe you have a goal of exercising at least 4 days per week ... so if you hit that goal, give yourself a little reward. That could be anything from a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant ... or a new pair of workout clothes. Just make sure you only give yourself a little reward if you accomplish the goals you've set for yourself.
And now for a little bonus tip, but certainly an important tip none the less ... and that's to work on your discipline.
There's going to be times where you flat out don't want to exercise ... no matter what. But getting up & getting it done when you're not feeling like it ... that's what's called discipline, and it's a superpower.
If you work on developing discipline in your life ... you're going to see tremendous success with your physical fitness, and success with anything else you set out to do.
So, if you're struggling to stay motivated with your exercise routine ... make sure you refer back to these tips. We know they'll help you stay on track.
And if there's anything else we can help with in regards to your health & wellness, just stop into see us at your local Supplement Superstores locations ... and we'll make sure you're taken care of!
*This post was written by Sage Schuman, who is N.A.S.M. Certified Personal Trainer and N.A.S.M. Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist.