5 Ways to Convince Yourself to Start Working Out
If you’re trying to change your habits and start working out regularly without feeling like somebody is forcing you to do so, here are five easy tips you can try to get you started.
Working out can be really annoying. We’ve all had those nights when we’d be convincing ourselves to wake up early in the morning, get up as soon as we open our eyes and go for a run, but when our alarm goes off, we hit that snooze button; again and again and again. That goes on until we oversleep and are left with no time for doing exercises. We’ve all been there. However, if you’re trying to change your habits and start working out regularly without feeling like somebody is forcing you to do so, here are five easy tips you can try to get you started.
Finding your motivation
One of the first steps you could make if you plan on starting to work out is finding your motivation, whether it is intrinsic or extrinsic. Even though it’s not so easy, many people find a reason to get up in the morning and either go for a run or do a quick workout routine in the comfort of their home. For instance, people have often stated that the feeling they get after a good workout routine is usually what gets them going. Taking at least 10 to 15 minutes to run around the block in the morning or evening, depending on what you prefer, can positively affect your mood and significantly reduce your stress. That is just one of the many benefits of daily physical activity. Secondly, working out can help you build confidence, because not only will you stay in shape, but you will also be leading a much healthier life.
Creating an effective schedule
We usually convince ourselves that we don’t have enough time to work out, but what that means is that we don’t always necessarily make the best choices when it comes to organizing and planning our activities and responsibilities throughout the day. We simply tend to schedule obligations such as work meetings, classes, or dinners with friends, but rarely anyone perceives workout as something that needs scheduling as well. If you plan ahead and mark down on a calendar the days in the week when you’re supposed to go to the gym, you’re more likely to take it seriously and actually do it. If you’re not familiar with scheduling methods, you can always start with an electronic calendar, such as Google Calendar, which can help you have an overview of your weekly obligations.
Giving yourself rewards
Giving yourself positive affirmations from time to time can boost your confidence and motivate you to keep going. It might be something as simple as having a self-talk, such as ‘I did it! Good job!’ You can think about your self-talk, say it out loud, or even write it down. That way you’ll be able to see your progress. In some other cases you can promise yourself some small rewards in advance. For example, you get to watch your favorite TV show only after you complete your daily workout goal. That way you’ll be motivated to do your exercises as soon as possible.
Taking baby steps
The best way to slowly get yourself into the habit of working out consistently is to take baby steps. If you force yourself to try out some of the hardest and most complicated exercises right at the beginning, you’re less likely going to enjoy working out. You could begin with some easier workout routines and then eventually start testing your limits by slowly introducing new exercises. For example, you can set a goal of walking for at least thirty minutes every day and then switch the pace of your walking every week until you feel like you’re ready to go for a run. On the other hand, if you’re thinking of going to gym, you can start by using some of the simple and less tiring equipment. Maybe you can start with riding a high-quality spin bike before you get to lifting weights. It is a great alternative on those rainy days when you’re not able to ride your bike outside.
Some people prefer to exercise on their own, because they like to spend alone time while working out to clear their mind. However, finding a workout buddy could be rather helpful, because you would be able to motivate each other, especially on those days when one of you doesn’t feel like doing anything. Besides, having a friend you share an activity with could possibly even make you perceive exercising as a fun way to spend your evening while also doing something so positive both for your body and your mind.
In conclusion, working out can be a tough task, but there are many ways you can make it fun, or at least bearable. The type of exercise doesn’t matter, as long as you’re physically active, because, as can be seen from above mentioned examples, it has many benefits for your body and mind.