Getting Excited to Exercise

Part of almost everyone’s new year’s resolution is taking better care of our bodies or to workout more. If you have managed to stay consistent, congratulations! You’re doing great and keep it up. However, don’t fret if your motivation has started to decline or taken a little dip – it’s completely normal! 

To get your spirits up and encourage you to get excited about exercising again, we’re gonna share some tips so that you can achieve your fitness goals. Let’s go!

Why Do We Get Less Excited to Exercise?

If you feel a little dip in your excitement to keep up with your workout routine, don’t worry. According to Personal Trainer, Ann McArthur, “It’s extremely common to wrestle with workout motivation.”

Exercise is hard

Let’s not sugar coat the obvious and address the elephant in the room – exercise is hard. You won’t always be in the mood to get moving and pumped up for long periods of time. Not to mention the mental strength it takes to keep going when you feel like giving up.

One of the hardest things about exercise is to keep pushing on when you are already reaching your limit. Though the result of a good workout session is incredibly fulfilling and satisfying, the process is not so enjoyable for some of us.

So little time

People come up with all sorts of excuses to skip exercising and the most common one is that they do not have the time.

Some may not have the time to spare due to family obligations, especially for those with young children or caring for elderly parents. While family comes first, we need to also prioritise our health in order to make sure we are able to care for them.

The LIFE Centre from Singapore General Hospital shares, “The recommended exercise duration (150 minutes) represents only about 1 percent of your time in a week.” It is all about changing our perception and prioritising our needs when managing our time.

Confidence

Lack of confidence in one’s self and in exercise itself is also a major factor why our motivation to workout can decline. Perhaps you have not seen any improvement from your exercise regime therefore do not feel like it makes a difference.

There are also those who find it uncomfortable to workout in public spaces like the gym or the park because it makes them feel self-conscious. Sometimes some of us just do not know if we are doing it right. This might make us feel unmotivated to exercise.

To some, exercising alone can be dull and boring which can add to the feeling of loneliness or lower self-esteem. This is especially felt when we exercise in a gym full of people with workout buddies.

How to Get Excited to Exercise, Again?

 

Should you find that you’ve been giving yourself those same reasons above to avoid exercising, here are some remedies that can cure you right up and get you going again!

Start with the right intentions

According to Henry Lew Yuen Foong, Senior Psychologist at SGH says “Usually these individuals start to exercise regularly because they feel they “have to” exercise or “must” exercise. They may not truly “want to” exercise. After a while, they stop regular exercise when this “obligation” to exercise begins to feel like a drag to them.”

To avoid that inclination to stop exercising regularly, begin with finding reasons that make you want to exercise. Focus on what you would like to get from an exercise routine. Perhaps you want to be physically fit or you’d like to teach yourself discipline or better yourself. When you have a good reason to want to exercise, you will be more likely stick to it.

Build confidence

Confidence is something that can be gradually built up. Start with little things like buying a whole new set of workout clothes. According to WomanWonderFashion, “The choices we make in our wardrobe can influence not just our outer appearance but also our inner world.” Expressing yourself through your workout gear can make you feel stronger, powerful, and more confident – exactly the self-esteem boost you need to get the momentum going again.

If you feel uncomfortable about working out in public, then start at home. Be where you are most comfortable so that you can focus your mind on the exercise and not on the external environment.

Not having enough knowledge about exercise moves or equipment can definitely make people feel less confident so, learn everything you need to know. There are many ways you can learn about what you need to do for your specific needs. Many tutorials are posted on Youtube, there are apps that you can download, you can sign up for a gym membership or hire a personal trainer. Spending money on exercise will be a good motivator too as you would want to get your money’s worth.

Create the time

The recommended exercise duration is about 150 minutes a week which will be about 20-25 minutes a day. So, don’t get hung up on long period sessions. Work your schedule as you space it out over the week. You can even schedule it twice a day. Perhaps 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening. Do what can fit into your schedule.

The LIFE Centre recommends, “Schedule exercise at the time of the day that you feel most fresh, typically at the beginning of the day.”

If you can, ask help from your support system to take over some family duties as you go for a quick workout. Otherwise, incorporate your family into your sessions. There are many ways you can workout as a family. For example, running together, a good swimming session, etc.

How to Keep It Going?

Once you get the momentum going, let’s try these tips to remain consistent.

 

 

Set a goal. 

This goes hand-in-hand with your intentions. For example, if you exercise to be stronger, then your goal should be within that line. Perhaps you can set a goal to be able to carry a 50kg load.

Be inspired. 

Get inspiration from someone who is living life the way you want to live yours. There are many people sharing their fitness journey, even older people who just started working out and have continued to do so. When you have a role model to look up to, you will aspire to be just like them.

Pace yourself. 

One of the best things about exercising is that it is totally customisable. Exercise can fit into your lifestyle very easily and you do not have to go to extreme measures. Take it one step at a time but consistently move towards the goal you have set for yourself. Be patient with progress if you do not see immediate output.

Take a break. 

Whenever you feel overwhelmed by life or whatever that is going on, it can be hard to bring yourself to go exercise. That is ok. You can take a break every once in a while but do try not to take a long break, otherwise you will fall right back into the pattern of putting exercise on pause.

Reward yourself. 

It doesn’t have to be a big reward. Sometimes an indulging meal is enough to get you motivated to finish your exercise. However, if you have reached a certain milestone in your progress or even meet the goal you have set, go ahead and reward yourself with something that would remind you of how far you’ve come.

 

 

Sometimes, the motivation we have in the beginning will not carry us to the end. The key to a long lasting drive is determination and perseverance. Even the best of us have days where we don’t feel so driven, but what will help you keep going has all to do with your mindset.

Although the year has already started, it is never too late to restart and regain that fire you had earlier on. Let’s keep going, guys!