How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise: It’s All in the Presentation
After the initial excitement of a new commitment wears off, it’s all too easy to slip into old, comfortable patterns. A secret to staying motivated is to stay connected to the positive benefits of your goal. Sometimes getting out for your workout can seem like a chore…but if you describe the activity by its results…you are far more likely to sustain your valuable new habit.
Which is more energizing…. “I am going for a walk/run/ride/workout because I have to”….or “I am creating more joy in my life through movement” ? It’s all in how you frame it.
You made the choice to commit to yourself, and the choice came from a positive intention. What was that intention again?
After deciding on what you would love to get out of exercising daily, find a way to describe your daily commitment in a way that reminds you of what you are getting out of it: i.e. “I am off to go get my energy fix”…. “I am getting my upper body ready for the best biking season ever!” …”I am just heading out to make sure I look hot in my favorite dress next month”
You are in charge. Instead of taking about what you ‘have’ to do….talk -about what you are choosing to take charge of in your life.
Lara Williams is a Vancouver-based Life and Productivity Coach and Motivational Speaker for
get on with it Coaching. www.getonwithit.ca