Motivation is a funny thing…it can wax and wane depending on what’s happening in our lives at the moment. At first, just the idea of having a fitter body would motivate you to get in your regular weekly exercise sessions, but then other priorities crop up and next thing you know the same goal that had you sweating it out just a few weeks ago doesn’t hold as much sway. The goal is the same so what gives? For many of us, it has to do on how we are viewing exercise/physical activity in the first place.
“Refreshed”, “rejuvenated”, “energized”, “centered”, these are just a few words people will use to describe how they feel after some type of physical activity, whether it is a 10-minute walk around the block or a weight-lifting session at the gym. These are immediate rewards you can use to motivate you to fit in some type of physical activity on a regular basis. And for days when you’re feeling sluggish, overwhelmed or just out of sorts, it can be especially crucial to call upon these instant inspirations to get out the door for some stress-busting activities, no matter your fitness goals.
To reframe your exercise perspective, take a few minutes after your next bout of activity and be mindful on how you feel. What words would you use to describe these feelings? As you go through your day afterwards, do you notice yourself in a more focused state? Do you feel empowered? Make a mental note, or even better, write these down and post in plain sight. Start to internalize these instant motivators so that you find yourself viewing exercise not as another to-do item but as a daily necessity for your overall well-being, your body and mind will thank you.