If you love to exercise, you’ve already found your exercise motivation. However, if you’re like most people, you still balk at the idea of getting a sufficient amount of daily exercise. In fact, only about 16% of U.S. residents 15 years and older participate in sports and exercise activities daily according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Whatever your reasons for NOT being motivated, there are ways that you can find your exercise motivation.
Begin by Knowing Why
Having a reason for exercise is probably the simplest place to start. If you’re only motivation is because someone told you it was the right thing to do, it is very likely that you will lose interest quickly.
Instead, make a list of all the reasons YOU want to exercise. Your reasons might include health – lose weight, reduce risk of disease, feel better – or personal – be active with your children, fit into your clothing, feel more confident – or any one of a dozen other reasons. Just make sure your motivated for you.
Begin at the Beginning
Though the BLS statistics seem to indicate that most working adults choose to exercise in the late afternoon or early evening hours, many experts suggest that if you have trouble sticking with it, morning may be your best option. Besides, exercising (or eating) too late sabotages your body’s urge to sleep.
Even if you only get out of bed one half hour early and go for a morning jog or walk, you can do yourself some good.
Begin with the Easy Stuff
As a beginner, you don’t want to jump into exercise by running a 5K. Instead, start slow and build up. That morning walk is a good place to start. Get a friend to go with you. Or try these ideas:
- Ride a bike
- Walk during your lunch and break time
- Develop a new interest that requires physical activity
- Join a class at the gym or local college
- Use an exercise video
- Dance more
However you choose to find your exercise motivation, do it and do it now. Get healthy and feel better today.