I Know I Should Exercise But How Do I Get Motivated?

by Suzy Rutten, Personal Trainer, Lime Physical Therapy | Oct 14, 2015

How to motivate yourself to exercise

We all know that we SHOULD exercise but sometimes we lack the direction and/or motivation to actually do so.

It sure can be tempting to hit snooze on the alarm clock or to get so caught up doing other ‘more important’ things that you then “run out of time” … but the truth is that we NEED to make time to exercise.  No one else can do it for us.

The easiest way to get started is to think about why you REALLY want to exercise. The most common reason is because people want to ‘lose weight’. If, however, you think of the EMOTIONAL reason that you want to lose weight then you may find that you are more motivated and you’ll be more likely to achieve your goal. For example, is it because you have an important occasion coming up and you want to look and feel great? Or is it because you are sick of having to wear slip on shoes as you know you can’t easily bend over to tie up shoelaces or do up the straps? Or is it because you just don’t have the energy to keep up with your kids as they race off to play at the park?  

Whatever the reason, just set a goal and you’ll be on your way to a new you!  Even better though, try and set a S.M.A.R.T goal.

S is for Specific: Be specific about what you want to do.  

M is for Measurable: Make sure that you have a way to know if/when you have achieved it.

A is for Attainable: Set a small goal that is within your reach.

R is for Realistic: Is the goal realistic?

T is for Timely: Have you set a date that you want to have achieved this by?

If you used the S.M.A.R.T method then instead of just saying “my goal is to run more often” then your goal might change to “my goal is to run around the block every Tuesday and Friday morning in October at 6am before I get ready for work”.  See the difference?

You might even choose to help yourself by getting your exercise clothes and shoes ready the night before so that all you have to do is just get up and go!

Happy exercising!

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