To exercise or not to exercise? That is the constant question. We know we have to. We know it’s good for us. There are a ton of reasons why we should, and another cluster of reasons why we can’t. Throughout my thirty years of training clients I’ve heard a lot of humming and hawing about lack of motivation. Here are some ways to overcome the challenge of “No… I don’t want to.”
- Listen to music. Make yourself a playlist or listen to your favourite radio station. CBC has some great DJ’s playing fabulous Canadian music.
- Don’t listen to yourself. Once you get going you’ll either get into it, or you won't. Either way, you will have made a decision to do something.
- Get outside. There are some great outdoor circuits no matter where you are living, and if not, make one up or consult with a fitness trainer. Remember a hike is still exercise.
- Exercise with someone. Whether it be a friend or a trainer, accountability and money are great motivators. It’s nice to know that someone will notice if you are not there, and or, make sure to remind you to get yourself there.
Exercise helps with life skills. Be patient with yourself. Once you’ve used these strategies to get going, it’ll only be a matter of time until it doesn’t feel like work. And for the days you don’t feel like it, pick your motivation strategy and just start.