Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you should go to the gym but then thought, “No way, I’m going to sit here, binge watch That 70s Show, and eat a box of Lucky Charms!” It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Getting the motivation to go to the gym is hard. Your body wants to take it easy. Especially after a whole day at work or school, I want to sit down and watch my show.
So why would I go to the gym?
Why is it important to go to the gym? Why should you care about what I have to say? Not because I am a personal trainer, not because I have done extensive research on exercise motivation; maybe it’s because you want to get motivated! You want the motivation to go to the gym to feel better, look better, and just live a healthier life! But it’s not that easy! You have to find out why you want to exercise, have to be mentally tough while exercising, and know your limits during exercising.
So why do people go to the gym, or to school, or to work?
Maybe it’s because of the why question. Why do you go to school? To get a good job. Why do you go to work? So you don’t have to live in a cardboard box. So what is the “why?” “Why” is the overall goal you wish to accomplish. Whatever your doing you have to find your “why” and why it’s so important to you! When I think about working out, I think of why I do it. Basically, I do it because of the benefits I get out of it. The positive relationship I have with choosing to do my workouts. It’s hitting my goals! I do obstacle races and play recreational sports. Because I do those activities, my workouts are specific to those activities. You have to have a goal in mind before you start exercising. If you do not have an attainable, realistic, goal when you’re working out it’s very likely that you won’t stick to your program.
Also with sticking to your workout program you have to be mentally tough. Working out is all a mental game. From the very first time you think about going to the gym to five years down the road when you make it a habit. It’s all in your mind. But getting your mind to go along with what you want to do is the tricky part. That’s when you have to be mentally disciplined. To become mentally disciplined you have to practice it. What better way to practice anything than by doing it consistently? Tell yourself you like it and remind yourself why you’re doing it. Staying positive during your whole exercise experience is huge. Personally I think it’s one of the most important things someone can do. Eventually you won’t even have to tell yourself to stay positive because it will just come naturally.
You should also be confident. Just like everything else, bringing your confidence up is doing something that is challenging but you know you can do it. So when it comes to the workout the same principle applies. The workout shouldn’t be too hard but not to easy. Once you kick that workout in the butt, you’ll be ready for a little bit harder workout. Keep making it a little bit longer or start lifting a little bit heavier weight. Then you keep doing that. By doing this you won’t get discouraged, you’ll start to like working out, and you will keep getting the results that you want.
I’m going to leave you with this. Practice these steps for motivating yourself for exercising. Find your “why”. Why do you want to exercise? What do you want to get out of it? Remember that exercising is more of a mental game then it is a physical one. Go to your limits but not too far past them. You don’t want to get scared away in the beginning. If you do these steps and keep at it, you’ll do just fine. So the next time you’re deciding between watching That 70s Show and working out, choose working out! Take Nike’s advice and JUST DO IT!
By: Matthew Miller