Get Moving! 5 Tips for Workout Motivation
Exercise is one of the most essential requirements of the human body, perhaps just as essential as air and food. We were literally created to move.
Without exercise, our bodies are going to wither away eventually. But, it is saddening to see that a lot of people are making excuses to stay away from exercise. They mask laziness(let’s be real, y’all) with excuses such as too much work, no good company, gym membership too expensive, etc.
Believe me, I get. I still struggle with excuses. And sometimes, as a mom, you’re just exhausted AF after
dropkicking raising children all day, cleaning house & being superwoman. So it makes sense that working out is the last thing on your mind.
If you find yourself making such excuses to keep from exercising, then here are a few ways in which you can motivate yourself.
Get educated on health and fitness
If the sheer joy of working out doesn’t spark joy, consider speaking to your doctor about the ill-effects of too much weight. Find out the sicknesses that can occur and the various things you cannot accomplish, things that a fitter person could accomplish quite easily. For many people, just knowing of the perils of lack of exercise could be a significant motivating factor.
Seek your partner’s support
There is nothing better than a supportive partner in a weight loss campaign. They will do everything needed to motivate and encourage you to keep up with your desire of shedding weight. Just try opening out to them. And if you’re single like myself, seek support of friends & family members. Find at least one person who will commit to helping you along this journey. They may even join in with you.
Look at your pictures when you were in better shape
Be careful with this one, though. The goal here is not to drum up negative thougths about how your body isn’t the same. Sometimes seeing a previous version of you may be the kick in the butt you need to get moving. Pull out that pair of jeans from your closet that you can no longer get into. Place them somewhere where you can see them everyday, and work toward getting back into them.
Imagine the days when you just felt better. Think of the things you were doing in those times that you cannot do today. All these things will keep egging you on to do something about your weight.
Think about the result that you can achieve if you lose weight
Your self-esteem will increase. You’ll feel better on the inside and on the outside. You’ll probably look years younger, too (although black don’t crack anyway LOL). More importantly, you will be healthier. You will be able to do things that you cannot do now. Life itself will have a new meaning for you. A weight loss journey is not always about the weight. It’s about your quality of life.
Make a chart
When you find a workout routine or program that you can commit to, make a weight loss chart for yourself and pin it up where you can see it every day. On this chart, mention your weight loss program. Write everything quite precisely, down to the last milligram. When you see weight is steadily getting shed off your body, you will feel encouraged to go on until the last ounce of excess body weight is removed. There’s something about seeing those numbers get smaller that can add a little extra fire under your butt to keep going.
These motivators can help you with your weight loss efforts. If you stay focused and think about the ways in which your life will be enhanced, you will probably need no other motivator for your weight loss journey.
If you’re looking for the right program to get started, the Busy Mama Fit in 14 Program may be just what you’re looking for. This program will guide you through 2 weeks of clean eating recipes & workouts you can do from home.