Motivation To Move

Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation year-round to fit in the time for building a healthy you. Here are some tips for re-motivating yourself to embark on a steady and consistent exercise program.

Don’t forget the benefits! We all know exercise has benefits, but sometimes the benefits don’t seem compelling enough to make you want to exercise.  Although some are self-motivated, others need to know that what they are doing is going to benefit them greatly before they take the first step. Take the time to think about the last time you exercised consistently and felt better, slept better, ate better and fully reaped the benefits of exercise.

What are your personal reasons for exercise? It may look something like this:

  • More energy so I can spend time with my family

  • I don’t fit into any of the clothes that I just bought last year

  • I don’t know how much time I have left to spend with my loved ones

  • I’m uncomfortable in public

  • I can’t walk to work from the parking lot without losing my breath

  • My friends are all still playing sports, and I can’t get involved anymore

  • I want to shop at the popular mall stores for my clothes 

So, make YOUR personal list of reasons to get moving! Over the next few days, jot down your personal reasons for exercise. Then, whenever you feel like skipping the gym, just read through those powerful personal reasons, and you’ll reconsider.

Exercise every day. Take your exercise seriously, and you’ll get serious results. Those who exercise 300 minutes or more per week will see far greater results than those who exercise just two or three times a week. The American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for physical activity recommend: for those wanting to lose weight, 60 minutes of exercise five or more days per week. If aiming for 300 minutes seems too lofty, try a 30-minute walk or workout every day. That will get you two-thirds of the way there at over 200 minutes per week, and well on your way to being healthy and fit.