In my last post, I talked about starting a new exercise routine from the inside out. We all know how important it is to get out there and exercise, but we so often fail because our hearts and minds are just not into it. I have 3 tips to help you find the motivation you need to get started and stay committed to exercise to improve mind and body.
First, you may think, I’m so far from my goal, why should I even start? Sure, if your goal is to run a 10k that can seem like a daunting task if you haven’t done much running in the past. Make it a goal instead to run a mile to start with. What I like to do when I’m feeling tired on a run or fast walking is to make it to the next stop sign, keep going to the green mailbox or sign post just ahead. I find that when I do that, I’m motivating my mind AND body to keep going, keep pursuing the goal. When you have both mind and body involved, the goal is a little easier to achieve. After running a mile a few times out, increase it slowly until you are able to run a 10k when race day rolls around.
Second, you may be thinking that you just don’t have the energy to exercise. Even a slow pace is better than none at all. Riding a stationary bicycle 3 times a week at low intensity got a bigger energy boost than those who don’t exercise. If you can maintain your pace for six weeks, you’ll find that you not only keep the energy you’ve gained, but you’ll increase it, and be able to get stronger and go longer every time.
Third and finally, you’re finding that your routine is boring. That can be a major motivator to quit, it’s boring, I’m not engaged body and mind, this has become run-of-the-mill. There are plenty of ways to change up your routine, there are thousands of workout videos out there and plenty to find online, change it up, do aerobics one day, just cardio the next, maybe throw yoga in there once a week, or a dance class. If you are a runner or walker, find a new trail to walk/run on. Challenge yourself, find an area that has more hills to run up and down, find a place that has some pretty scenery along the trail, you can feel good about your exercise and excited by trying something new.
Those are just a few ways to get both mind and body on board with exercising. Try something new, don’t be afraid of failure, and start slow; you will find that you can build up your reserves of strength and energy very quickly!