We all know that the world has become 'busier.' So, dedicating a portion of our lives to exercise always seems to slip down the priority list compared to the other competing duties that take up our time. The world has produced advancements to occupy ourselves, whether it's the current trend of working from anywhere or having many distractions to kill our time when we aren't working. However, these developments have also offered us too much convenience regarding our diets.
We no longer need to leave the comfort of our homes to receive ready-made meals, these dinners being delicious but not always as nutritious as we want to believe. This has resulted in fewer visits to grocery stores and less time on us preparing our meals. When we set aside time to make our meals, we tend to think a bit more than simply ordering food based on its picture.
This extra thought put into food preparation is crucial as the world seems to be trending to gaining weight in unhealthy figures. Also, with all this extreme convenience getting in a daily workout should be a no-brainer, right? So, what is the underlying issue here?
The Reason for Inadequate Exercise Motivation
Let's take a deeper look into what's killing our motivation to exercise every day and live a more overall healthy lifestyle. The first area can come from exhaustion from work or studies. After a long day, the last thing people want to do is to exert more energy for the day. That's if they have any left. Instead, many of us will want to decompress or relax, and that means sitting or lying down more often than not.
The lack of incentive toward healthy living could also be due to a lack of time because of our workloads. In a culture that continues to promote working anywhere and anytime, there may be too many time constraints that ruin motivation. When the time comes for a break and when you can get a workout in, it's often overlooked and used as yet another break time.
Another issue that hinders the motivation to exercise is simply the cost of a gym. Gym memberships these days can still seem quite complex, with monthly payments, sign-up fees, and additional fees for personal trainers.
Many gyms also tend to oversubscribe members at the busiest hours, usually after normal office hours for work. This results in gyms being overcrowded with limited access to the facilities in general. That means demotivation to work out on top of a lack of drive from reduced finances.
Of course, this can be remedied with a home fitness regime and investing in full-body home workout equipment. This will help you build a gym with only one member, which is you, which can help with motivation if the proper equipment is purchased. Proper equipment, even home gym equipment, is still considered a major investment, as treadmills start at a few hundred dollars and go up for the best quality options.
You'll also have to live in a space that can fit the equipment which can be difficult for those living in major cities who tend to have smaller living areas.
Yet even for those with a home fitness routine it can start to feel a bit boring after a while. Tedious exercise routines can start to demotivate you, even after you begin to see noticeable results. Working out properly also requires an understanding of what workouts help with what areas. This can lead to complex exercise methods that add yet another thing to remember in life, which also taxes our drive to continue.
Yet, part of finding the right motivation is to see where your demotivation is coming from. So, if you can start to pinpoint exactly where the issue is, even if it is a combination of multiple problems discussed above, it will allow us to begin taking the important steps to get more drive to work out and exercise. In turn, receiving the slew of benefits that come along with it.
The Importance of Being Consistent and the Benefits of Exercise
Consistency in life is something we should always strive towards. If we are consistently healthy with our food choices for example then we can have a regular caloric intake that can help with weight loss. If we are consistent with delivering quality work, then we will eventually get promoted and upgraded in our careers. The same goes for exercising and being consistent.
Eventually when we begin to incorporate a daily workout routine into our lives it starts to become a positive habit for us. Even if part of exercising every day includes a brisk walk for 30 minutes or more on some days that's enough to build up a routine to maintain such consistency. Before you know it, you'll start to realize that working out is just as important as getting ready for the day, making your first cup of coffee before starting to work and even winding down and decompressing.
It stops being an ancillary addition to your already overloaded life and sits neatly within your schedule. Having it as a home workout schedule makes it even easier to maintain consistency as you don't have an additional commute to a gym or other type of workout facility.
Once you build out the consistency of working out, you'll start noticing the benefits of physical activity. You will notice feeling more energized when you wake up. Not to mention you'll have a higher tolerance level for getting stressed or tired from a long workday. Exercising will help combat many obstacles in life as a release and help you sleep better which is a critical aspect of a healthy lifestyle.
When it comes to how often you should work out the recommendation is for at least 30 minutes a day. When you're just starting it's all about healthy habits and repetition. That means you want to begin slow and dedicate at least half an hour to some type of activity whether it's cardio or weight training. At the beginning you may want to consider at least 30 minutes of physical cardio. This can include brisk walking and additional time for other exercises.
You will also start to feel more confident with your looks and comfortable with your body. Clothing will fit better, and you will generally feel healthier as well. That can mean breathing normally, reduction in snoring, sweating less when not working out, and your body also not being susceptible to injuries and pain as easily. You'll notice less inflammation occurring as well as a larger range of motion that keeps getting better.
The goal is some type of activity every day, and to get to that goal, you want to start gradually and slowly. Don't get demotivated if you miss a few days when starting out. Eventually, when you get yourself into a healthier mindset and routine, your body will tell you when you need to take a break from working out, if at all.
Tips for Overcoming Motivational Challenges
If the benefits of working out aren't enough to motivate you to get into shape, then there are a few tips we can provide for you to help you get the ball rolling.
1. Focusing On Home Workouts
First and foremost, you want to invest in fully-body home workout equipment. Working out and exercising should be an integral part of your life but a gym may not be the best place to start. So, you can customize your own space to your liking and there are a lot of specialized home workout equipment options out there that are quite advanced in developing all body parts. This includes free weights and a workout bench on top of other exercise equipment.
With a full-body home workout equipment setup, you can stick to a routine and schedule and go through the various exercises without having to overthink it. You can simply increase the repetitions, the sets, or the weights when you start to notice the activities becoming too easy. You’ll also have an established base of operations to work out from.
2. Establishing Realistic Targets and Hitting Them
You also want to set realistic goals and work towards them. Set a number for your weight and track it on a weekly basis. As you start to shed the pounds, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment on top of feeling healthier and looking great.
Your targets don't just have to be fat loss related but can also be lifting a certain weight or running for a specific amount of time. You may also want to train for a 5K or eventually for a marathon and while those can seem like lofty goals, they are still an achievable target.
While diet is important and discipline while working on exercise goals, you want to make sure to incorporate rewards into your workouts. This can include a cheat day for your diet or having some retail therapy for new clothing you've had your eye on. Keep the rewards spread out when you hit certain milestones (such as losing a certain amount of weight initially), and you'll see your motivational energies skyrocket. The drive to be able to hit the next milestones and achieve the next set of rewards will reap real benefits for you.
3. Changing Your Exercise Methods, Not Your Routine
Another way to keep yourself motivated is mixing up your exercise routines. Monotonous and repetitive moments will eventually seep your enthusiasm, so it's always important to vary your workouts.
You also don't have to stick to one specific area for working out, as that can lead to demotivation, and you may even physically avoid the workout space in the future to simply avoid working out. What you want to do instead is to increase your overall level of activity in general. That means walking more often when possible, going for a run in your neighborhood, and using the environment as part of your exercise course.
If you live in a wooded area then use the woods as your running environment. If you live in an urban location then walk to work or the store instead of commuting via public transportation (where possible). If that means getting up an hour earlier or budgeting more time for activities, then do so. There's nothing as beneficial and healthy for you and supports you in eliminating stress as a good workout does. It only costs you your energy and time.
In The End
Try to eliminate words such as demotivation, and don't look at exercising as a chore. The first step is making that initial effort to work out, and you don't need to invest in anything fancy. There's no need for expensive running shoes or apparel or even home gym equipment at the start.
Focus on a generally healthy mindset and start to incorporate other aspects into your exercise regime. This way, you can compound the benefits sooner, which will, you guessed it, motivate you more. Eat healthier and focus on dieting while you eliminate negative substances and activities from your body. You'll actually start to notice a bulkier bank account as well as a healthier physique at the same time.
Once you’ve established that routine, you’ll realize that even after you hit your initial goals, there’s another one around the corner. That’s because a healthier lifestyle with consistent exercising is really a lifelong journey and a lifestyle.
While it may seem daunting and you find every excuse possible to stay in your comfort zone the sooner you venture into this unknown territory, the better. You'll start to realize that it should have been a daily part of your life anyway. If all the physical benefits aren't enough to motivate you to start then think about how positive your mood will become which can help cascade you toward success in anything that you do in life.
Investing in a routine and exercising will easily pay dividends in the long run.