Exercise: How to Stay Motivated

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Staying active is important for our physical and mental health, especially during times of uncertainty. It might be tempting to slip straight from working on the laptop to binging shows on the couch but, over time, this routine will negatively impact your health and your state of mind. Try to incorporate some sort of physical activity into your daily routine. Be patient with yourself if you don’t complete every workout you try or if there are days where it’s hard to get motivated. This is a challenging time and we are all doing the best we can. Any sort of daily physical activity is a step in the right direction.

Here are a few ideas to combat motivation deficit.

 

l Change your exercise routine every four to six weeks by trying a new activity or changing your intensity or time.

l Write down your goals and review them daily.

l Use photos as a visual aid, i.e., a picture of yourself at your ideal weight pasted on the refrigerator door.

l Schedule exercise as you would a business meeting, a doctor’s appointment or other non-negotiable activity.

l If you can’t get in your full exercise time, break it up into 10-minute increments. March in place while watching TV. Run up and down your stairs 20 times. Take the dog for a short walk.

l Wear a pedometer. Challenge yourself to get in a certain amount of steps per day (experts say 10,000 per day is the average of fit people).

l Find an accountability buddy or group. On the days your motivation lags, your friend(s) can be your cheering section. When they’re feeling lazy, you can talk them into working out.