Although a lot of us know that we should work out, finding the inspiration needed to get it done, especially on a consistent basis, can be a bit challenging. This is especially the case when you’re trying to do it early in the morning before going to work. If you find yourself struggling daily with the desire to stay in bed for 20 extra minutes instead of getting up to get a few moments of cardio in, here are some motivators to get you going.
Look at it from a different perspective
As they say, “Perspective changes everything.” Rather than looking at exercising from a “glass half full” outlook by thinking about how you’re going to have to get out of the warm covers, put on workout gear just to sweat your hair out, think of exercise as more like a way of rewarding yourself. Exercise cuts down stress, trims the body and provides you with the extra energy that you need to get throughout the day.
Create a morning ritual
Another way to inspire yourself to exercise more is to reserve some things for your morning workout routine only. Maybe there’s a special energy drink that you like or perhaps a preferred CD that gets your body going. You might have a favorite television show that you can watch, uninterrupted as you stretch or a pair of tennis shoes that are set aside only for an a.m. run. By designating certain things just for that time, it gives you certain moments to look forward to each morning that you find yourself associating solely with exercise.
Document the journey
This is especially key for people who have a weight loss goal. You don’t need to enroll in any Pharm.D. programs to keep up with your progress. You may simply want to journal the experience or take pictures along the way. Therefore, by your nightstand, be sure to keep some kind of documentation of how your workouts have been going. If you choose to take pictures, always keep the beginning photo from when you first started exercising and place the most recent one you’ve taken next to it. That way, each morning you are greeted with the person you once were and it will inspire you to remain focused on getting to the person you’re striving to become.
Get a workout partner
Chances are, there is someone in your life who feels the same way as you do about working out: they know that they need to do it, they know that morning is the best time and they also are looking for a little bit of motivation. If it’s a neighbor, maybe schedule a couple of mornings a week to power walk together. If it’s a friend that’s not so close, a wake-up call or even a Skype appointment to chat while exercising can be just as good.
When it comes to working out, giving yourself a reward for a job well done is a common practice. However, don’t just wait until some major goal is reached or a large amount of time has passed. When it comes to “living each day as if it were your last”, this applies to exercising as well. If you’ve decided to exercise for an hour each morning and you complete that task, find a way to reward yourself for doing so. One day it could be something as lavish as scheduling a massage, but another day it could be something as simple as making it a point to get into bed 30 minutes earlier to read a couple of chapters of the book you’ve been wanting to finish. Every effort deserves recognition. When it comes to working out, this also applies.