This is a huge problem for so many people. I see it and hear about it aaaallll the time from my clients! Even as a personal trainer and health coach, I’ve experienced it. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t! I understand your frustration. We’ve all been there
So what’s the answer? Well, there’s no one answer. Everyone is motivated for different reasons and in a different way. I have clients who have never liked exercise but know it’s something they have to do for their health. That’s what keeps bringing them back to they gym. (That and the fact that I’m there waiting for them!)
Others are motivated for different reasons. I encourage you to think about what really motivates you. Then take a look at some tips I’ve prepared for you and see which of them would work for you.
1. Do it for yourself. Those who are "internally motivated" - meaning they exercise for themselves, not an event (reunion, vacation) or someone else - are the ones who stay in it for the long run.
2. Start small. For example, if your goal is to run, start with a quarter mile. As you build confidence and endurance you can make it more challenging.
3. Practice makes perfect. Workouts take practice. You'll get the hang of it if you keep making an effort.
4. Mix it up. Do different types of workouts to keep things interesting and to exercise different muscle groups.
5. Set reasonable goals. You may wish you could work out every day of the week, but consider what’s reasonable and realistic. Set yourself up for success, not failure.
6. Bring a friend. It’s easier to stay accountable when someone is depending on you.
7. Break it up. If you don’t have time to meet the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week (30 minutes a day, five times a week, for example) – break it into smaller chunks. Ten to 15 minutes at a time works, too.
8. Make it a habit. Your workout should be just as much a habit as brushing your teeth or eating breakfast.
9. No guilt. Just because you miss a workout or two, or overindulge with food, is no reason to throw in the towel. You have a chance to get back into your routine today.
10. Work with a personal trainer. Trainers provide programs customized to your goals and limitations, guidance to proper exercise form to maximize your workouts and minimize the risk of injury, and accountability and support to meet your goals.
For more motivation and info, click here to get the free PDF that I’ve prepared for you ‘Six Tips to Lose Weight at Any Age’.