Motivating Yourself to Exercise
The benefits to getting in shape are innumerable. They include
everything from reduced risk of heart disease to reduced
occurrence of depression. The important part of getting in shape is
getting started. Once you begin exercising you will feel better
physically and you will also have greater self-confidence.
Exercising in public can be intimidating, and for this reason it is
important that you choose an exercise that you can enjoy, in a
comfortable and convenient setting, otherwise it will be difficult to
stick with it.
How to Motivate Yourself
You can do the most awkward exercises, such as sit-ups, at home,
and then take the rest of your workout outside. If you enjoy biking,
but are uncomfortable biking in public, consider buying a stationary
bike. Try biking during your favorite news-hour or television series.
Know that you will only watch the show while in motion, and try to
make it first through a half-hour sitcom, then a whole hour. You can
do the same with running, substituting the stationary bike with a
If you are having trouble motivating yourself at home, then get out!
Walk for thirty minutes at first. You can force yourself to do so by
walking to the grocery store, or walking to the cleaners. Increase
your distance every week. Try carrying small weights in your hands
or strapped around your ankles. Don't force yourself to make the
decision everyday of whether you are going to work out or not. This
will just drive you nuts, and chances are that more often than not,
you will opt not to exercise. Set a schedule for yourself, such as
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 12:00 to 1:00, and don't let
yourself stray from this schedule. It is too hard to make the right
decision all the time, so give yourself a break and only make the
decision once, when you set your goals.
The Bottom Line
Remember to start with manageable, attainable goals. Setting
your goals too high can be frustrating, and can lead quickly to burn
out or injuries. If you are not used to exercising at all then start
slowly, and give yourself time. If you stick with it, you will quickly
notice the results.