You may think that you are motivated to work out, but just wanting to work out may not be enough. While you want to get in shape and lose weight, you have to actually follow through on your goals with diet and exercise. Finding motivations to exercise is never an easy thing to do. From juggling work and social responsibilities to procrastination, it can be challenging to keep yourself motivated. To stay on track for your fitness goals, use the following tips.
Create a Reward System
For some people, a reward system is an extremely effective motivational technique. You could set a goal of buying new clothes when you reach a certain weight, or enjoy a “cheat” day after a successful week of dieting. Rewards work to motivate your mind because it rewires your brain to enjoy working out. When you receive a reward or experience something pleasurable, your mind experiences a boost in happiness endorphins. Over time, your mind will be retrained to connect these endorphins with working out.
Work Out With a Friend
It is a part of human nature to want to be around other people. Because of this, it makes sense that people are more likely to work out when they have a friend to work out with. Even when you do not want to exercise in the morning, you know that your friend is waiting for you and expecting you to join them. This makes it easier to motivate yourself to work out, and it also makes it more enjoyable to exercise.
Commit to a Reasonable Goal
Studies have shown that people are more likely to obtain their goal if they write it down. While committing to a goal is important, you should also make sure that the goal is reasonable. If you have not worked out for years, planning a marathon in a week is not a reasonable expectation. Working out should be a habit and a healthy part of your life. Create goals that match the types of exercises that you enjoy and your personal fitness level. If you pick an exercise you like, it will be easier for you to stick to your goal.
While the previous tips will help you stick to a workout plan, they are not always enough to properly motivate you. Your subconscious mind is responsible for how you react to emotions, thoughts and actions. Naturally, your subconscious tries to urge you toward things that you enjoy like cake and away from things that you dislike such as running. Even though you know that you should work out, your subconscious mind may prevent you from doing so.
With hypnosis, you can identify the thoughts and triggers that are holding you back. You tackle your motivation problem at the source by changing the way your subconscious responds to exercise. Instead of viewing exercise as a chore, you experience a post-workout high that makes you want to work out again and again. As a result of this new motivation, you can feel more confident about your body as you achieve your fitness goals.