Many people start a fitness routine with motivation and enthusiasm for a new target. However, staying motivated can sometimes become a struggle and it's common for people to struggle to maintain fitness motivation. It's normal to have down days and days when the exercise mojo just isn't there. There are times when things can come along and drain your motivation to exercise: work, kids, general fatigue, and various commitments and duties that need to take priority. However, it's ok to accept that there will be down days but also plenty of up days. To help you have more up days and stay motivated, check out our tips to help you stay motivated and give your exercise motivation a boost..
1. Plan your exercise activity. Schedule a time when you plan to exercise and try to stick to it. It's been shown that the best time to exercise to help you stick to your goals is the morning. Doing an activity in the morning can help you to make a good start to the day, before additional demands start to take up your time. Getting into a morning routine can be hard at first and we do suggest you 'test the water' by just doing this once or twice a week and it eventually becomes part of your routine. It's also helpful to lay your gear out the night before so you're all prepared in the morning. If mornings just aren't for you, try and schedule a specific time of day for you so that an activity becomes part of your daily routine.
2. Do an activity with other people if you can. Make a date with others to go for a run, walk or ride. Involve other people and you are more likely to do a scheduled run. Talking and being in the company of other people is great for the mind. Tell other people about our challenge. They might want to join you and they can also use our in-app group feature.
3. Be realistic. Don't beat yourself up if you have to miss an activity due to unforseen events, injury or just lack of motivation or just want a rest. Don't expect to run sub 10mins miles or ride at 30mph if you are a beginner. Decide each month/week what is achievable in terms of training and other commitments.
4. Vary your routes. You can easily become stale doing the same thing day after day. Boost your motivation by going on different terrain and finding places that you like to visit. It keeps you fresh to vary the terrain - hilly/flat and change up the routes that you might use.
5. Ask us if you need help. Yes, we want you to succeed. Please message us or post on our social media pages if you need some help or check out or community group for motivation. We're here to help you complete your challenge. You've got this!
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About the author:
Carl is an international marathon runner and qualified exercise physiologist. He holds a BSc(Hons) in sports and exercise science, a Diploma in Sports Psychology and is an Advanced Level 3 REPS qualified exercise instructor. Carl is also a BACR Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation therapist and has been leading exercise and fitness sessions for over 20 years.