What to do when you are lacking motivation for working out?
We all regularly see and read in the news that obesity is an epidemic in our country and even then many of us struggle to find the motivation to do something about it. Why is that?
In the Westernised way of living, we are all guilty of being consumed by modern society. Whether it is spending too much time in front of the computer, tv or our smart phones, driving to the shop that is only a 5 minute walk away and these are only a few on the never ending list.
There are more fast food ventures than ever and we are too often duly obliging and seeing them as a convenience and they are evidently one of the biggest contributors to the obesity problems we have.
It’s clear that our sedentary world doesn’t call for much activity, yet we need that activity to stay healthy and lose weight. So, how can we make exercise a more natural part of our lives? The first step is to figure out what’s really behind our inactivity.
As coaches we are all too familiar with the most common reason for people not exercising. Being too busy, too tired, training is boring or hard. These are excuses, not reasons and how can you expect to be in good health, not be holding fat and of a strong mindset by sitting on your arse? The answer is…you aren’t going too!
For many people, structured exercise is probably something they have never done before. Initially bringing exercise into an already busy schedule, one where you think you already don’t have enough hours in the day for everything you need to do. Your day to day life is causing you enough stress and anxiety.
But not until you MAKE time to start an exercise programme will you realise that a lot of these negative factors in your lifestyle will actually be relieved. Working out in any capacity wether it is going for a run, taking up a sport, going to the gym or just training at work is all it takes, you just need to MOVE MORE. When we work out our body releases 2 main chemicals; endorphins and the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the body under stress such as anger, anxiety or fear and it ultimately inflames and damages our organs. Exercise burns cortisol and thereby makes us healthier and happier. Endorphins interact with receptors in your brain that reduces your perception of pain and they also trigger a positive feeling in the body.
Having to arrange an already busy schedule to fit in your workout is causing you stress, anxiety and even resentfulness. But some of the many benefits of regular training are reduced levels of stress, anxiety, feelings of depression, boosts self-esteem and improves sleep. So if you can just make that small step to start, then you will quickly notice the difference it will make to your overall mindset and you will then find yourself highly motivated to continue.
How to find this motivation to exercise?
Motivation isn’t something that just happens you, you need to create it for yourself. The term exercise would automatically make you think about moving your body, but without the motivation to do so, you need to move your mind first. If you are able to get past any mental roadblocks, then this can open the door for new ideas, attitudes and new habits.
Of course motivation is a factor and one you need to overcome. But why not make it easier for yourself by just accepting that you have to exercise! If you spend a lot of your time sitting and you want to lose weight and be healthier, then exercise is a must. There isn’t a pill, diet or surgical procedure that can replace being physically active. Making peace with that fact often makes doing it that bit easier.
Motivation can be driven from an emotional factor, so why not make exercise mean something to you. For most people working out is often a means to an end; a way to get that perfect body, simply lose weight or just get healthier. But you need real purpose, your workout needs to have value, this is what will bring ultimate motivation. You need to be emotively connected to what you are doing and what you are trying to achieve. If you are able to do this, then you will struggle to lose motivation, let alone struggle to find it.
If you want your physical activity to be meaningful, then find your own exercise path. You do not have to give into stereotypical methods, you have the freedom to do whatever activities you like. Just make sure you do it regularly enough to make a difference and don’t be afraid to try something new if you current training regime has stagnated or all motivation has been lost.
Nobody is in control over your health and fitness other than you, so it’s you that needs to change things up and start taking those small steps towards a more active lifestyle or getting back into it after becoming disinterested and struggling with a lack of motivation. There are positives to the modern technology that keeps lots of us sedentary, it offers us even more ways to be active. Online training programmes that can be accessed anywhere around the world from the comfort of your smartphone. All you would then need is the motivation to carry it out.
Believe in the process and enjoy the journey.
Team 4D Fit