By NATALIA HAWK
When I think about it, I realise that I don’t know a lot of people that exercise on a regular basis.
I know plenty of people with gym memberships or people who own a fancy pair of running shoes. But at the end of the day, few of them are actually likely to put on those fancy running shoes to go for a run after work. And they’re also unlikely to use that membership to get to the gym for a workout before work.
In my opinion, it all comes down to one thing: exercise motivation. That slippery little word that can make all the difference between you working out and you sitting on the couch every night, scoffing at ridiculous episodes of The Bachelor.
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Some people don’t believe in exercise motivation. They believe that it’s all about putting all excuses aside and actually forcing yourself to get your butt into a pair of pants and out the door.
Me? I love a bit of exercise motivation. I love incorporating an extra factor into my life that’s going to encourage me to actually get a move on. And I LOVE hearing about other people’s motivations to get moving.
So here are some of the better exercise motivation tips I’ve heard over the years. Feel free to come and leave a comment of your own.
1. An exercise diary/whiteboard
I use a few different apps to track my runs. At the end of each run, I grab a little neon orange notebook I have on my desk, and write down the date, my distance, my total time, my time per kilometer, and the amount of calories burned, plus any notes about variable conditions (eg. excessive heat, injury, etc.).
It’s such a good way to track your progress and it’s even better to use as a tool for recognising when you’re slacking off – if it’s the 31st and your last recorded run was on the 12th, you know you’re probably not doing too well in terms of the whole exercising-regularly thing…
2. Sign up for an event
One of the best-ever motivating factors is to sign up for an event (like a fun run) and actually have to train for it. There is no worse feeling than being at the very back of the pack of a marathon consisting of thousands of people. Nothing.
If you can, pick an event like Tough Mudder, which requires you to cross-train for all the different challenges you need to experience.