For years, I didn’t have the habit of working out. Then one day I decided to start building the habit and now I’m glad to say that I work out almost every day.
So how can we get motivated to work out?
The starting point, I believe, is internalizing the benefits. The more you internalize the benefits, the more motivated you will be.
Here are the benefits you will get from working out:
Personally, this is the benefit that I like the most. Since I spent years not exercising, I can attest to the difference it makes. Exercise gives me more energy throughout the day. It results in more enthusiasm and better focus.
For this to happen, I suggest you exercise in the morning. That way you will get the energy you need for the rest of the day.
- Improved Self-Control
Studies show that exercise can help you build self-control. In The Power of Habit, it’s mentioned that exercise is a keystone habit, which means that building this habit can help you build other good habits.
When you have more enthusiasm and self-control, you will increase your happiness. I can say from experience that working out is a good way to lift your mood.
- Long-Term Health
Working out is essential for maintaining good health. There are so many health risks that can be reduced if you make working out a habit.
Some Tips on Getting StartedHaving seen the benefits of working out, here are some tips on getting started:
1. Start Small
I almost fainted when I first tried to run. I had to lay myself down on the side of the road for a few minutes! I learned a lesson from the experience: start small. Don’t be too ambitious, because you might overestimate your ability. Just start small and build from there.
2. Make It a Priority
In the Eisenhower Matrix, working out is a quadrant II activity. That means the activity is important but not urgent. Since it’s not urgent, it’s easy to get overridden by other things. So make time for it. Make it a priority.
3. Make It Easy
Make it as easy as possible for you to work out. In my case, I work out at home, so I don’t have the excuse of being too lazy to go to the gym. In your case, you might decide to work out with friends if the peer pressure makes it easier for you to do it.
Read more: https://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2017/12/07/how-to-get-motivated-to-work-out/
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