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Exercise motivation – don’t wait for it

Still waiting for motivation to come falling on you like a bomb from the sky? If you’re not motivated to exercise right now, you sure aren’t gonna be that just waiting for it.

“Do the thing and you will have the power”, Ralph Waldo Emerson said in the old days but it’s still valid today. What he meant is that you should get off you butt and take action – then things will happen for you. Then you will have momentum and then you will have what you want.

I say don’t sit around and wait for motivation to start exercising. Take action today to start a exercise habit. Once you start and stick to your exercise plan you will get more and more motivated to continue – once you get by the first “gruesome experiences”. If you start, one good thing will lead to another and sooner than you know you will be doing it all the time and really enjoying it.

A key is to start on a level that is suitable for you and then go upwards from there. Don’t overwork in the beginning as the risk is that you might associate a lot of pain to your previous workouts.

Instead you should try to associate a workout with something pleasurable and try to start with the “end in mind”. When I think of going to the gym I think about enjoying a super-nice steam sauna and a can of my favourite energy drink (healthy option!). This is what I do after every workout and the thought of that pleasurable experience is what gets me motivated to go to the gym.

Think of something that you can do or have after your workouts. And just after workouts. It should be something that you really enjoy to do or love to eat (not to unhealthy though :). This thing is only allowed after workouts. Maybe you decide that you can have a Latte only after you have been exercising, or you get to have a massage every friday you have been to the gym three times during the week.

When it comes to weightloss taking action is easier with exercise, it’s more concrete than anything else. Not eating isn’t really much of an action in my opinion. Exercising on the other hand is a good weight loss action that will spiral into other good habits and better life style.

So if you lack in motivation to workout, take some time to think of some kind of exercise that you like, and take action. Decide when to do it and how often, and stick to that plan. When you get momentum it’s going to be much easier. That requires that you are consistent.

Getting a car rolling by hand is quite tough and will take a lot of effort, but once you get the wheels rolling you can push the car quite easily. Don’t let it stop though, it will take lots of effort once more to get it rolling again.

In the same way exercise gets easier and more funny if you do it on a consistent basis. If you do it for some time and stop doing it for a couple of weeks, you will have a hard time getting back to where you were.

And as usual, the more action you take, the bigger the results. So take action by doing some exercise and you will get motivation to stay focused on your weight goal. You will feel good about yourself, that it’s easier to stay away from the unhealthy foods and snacks, and get inspired when you see the results of the exercise – a better posture, more defined muscles or better fitness!