Motivational exercise planning can be fun and extremely rewarding. Think of it as your personal party-plan to improve your physical health. This is a technique that can replace the excuses and bad habits. When exercise is fun and fulfilling it can actually help you feel good about making the effort.
Motivational Exercise Techniques
Turn the tables and instead of telling yourself what to do and feeling bad when you don’t exercise, ask yourself what changes you are willing and able to make. Praise your decisions, desire, confidence and commitment to following through.
Offer yourself choices of exercises rather than a strict regiment. It is also a must to avoid terms like “must,” “should” and “have to.” It is better to ask yourself why you think you aren’t motivated to exercise, and then elicit goals for being motivated. It can be as simple as saying that you will feel stronger, in other words, visualize the way you want to feel or look and let that be your guidance.
Motivational Exercise Steps
“Roll With Resistance,” dealing with the inner turmoil. The aim is to resolve the ambivalence of not being ready to cooperate with the plan to exercise. It is expected that you will put up a fight to affect your goals. Instead of getting discouraged, the motivational technique is to roll with it.
Encourage small initial steps toward the goal you want to set, such as, if you planned to walk everyday, have it be okay to start by walking once a week. If you missed a week, start again the next week. This helps teach you empathy, clarity and acceptance of your limits.
The following tools for motivational exercise will help you get started. If possible develop an exercise partner, either a friend or personal training. Getting started is always a challenge, having another body breaks down the excuses.
- Make a plan
Make a personal plan (write it down and post it in a visual place that you visit every day). A personal plan will keep you focused and on track.
- The scale yes and no
This is a touchy subject and can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Being weighed can be included in your progress. However understand the science behind the measurement of weight loss before you allow this reading to motivate or de-motivate you. It is a tracking device, nothing else. Another method is a piece of clothing that you would like to wear. Use this to motivate your progress.
- Rewards are necessary
For every target achieved reward yourself a point. When you accrue 10-25 points (or 100 if you want to make it tougher) reward yourself. We love to achieve, it’s simple human nature.
- Using Mirrors
Seeing your body evolve is one of the most powerful motivators out there. You can also start a mini ritual whereby you take a good look at yourself in your clothes. As the inches fall away, your clothes will look visibly better. When your clothes become ‘too loose’ treat yourself to a decadent reward.
- Visualization is powerful
Your mind is a powerful tool. Set aside a private time each day to imagine yourself working out as per your schedule. Remember to imagine this in as much detail and visualize the great sense of achievement you feel after accomplishing your daily goal. Also visualize how you want to be, toned and healthy.
Most of us are able to perform better when music plays in the background. Your favorite music will help you focus on something more than exercising alone. Additionally the beat or rhythm of the music helps us maintain our pace and speed
Share your motivational exercise journey with your friends. Update them about your progress on Facebook page or Twitter or your blog. Every time you achieve a goal you will get bragging rights. It’s very cool ways to keep you motivated, people love to hear successes.