Do you have the intention to get fit but find you are always too busy or too tired? Whilst these may seem like valid reasons to you, the truth is you may just be lacking motivation.
If this is you, you are not alone. For many people, finding the motivation to exercise is a real struggle and is one of the main reasons why people give up. Here we will discuss 3 of the most common reasons why you’re lacking motivation and how you can overcome them.
1. You’re experiencing a mental block
If you’ve never had a consistent fitness regime before it’s likely you will come up against a mental block when you first get started. Our habits have a powerful influence over our actions, therefore, if you usually spend your evenings on the couch watching Netflix or playing video games, then you will need to break your current habit and build a new one.
Unfortunately, we can’t change our habits just by flipping a switch. It’s a common belief that creating new habits takes 21 days but in reality, it can take much longer. To overcome this block, you need to switch your perspective. In today’s society, we are always looking for instant gratification. We want results and we want them now. However, if you want to build an exercise routine that you can maintain then you will need to learn to love the process along the way.
2. You don’t know what you’re doing
Many people join the gym without an understanding of how the machines and gym equipment work. In addition, numerous people do not know which specific exercises they should do to get the results they are after. For example, if you are looking to lose weight, you will want to focus on different exercises than if you are looking to build muscle.
Hiring a personal trainer will help you to understand what you need to do to achieve results. The great thing about working with a personal trainer is that they’ll create workouts for you that are specifically tailored to your needs and goals. Aside from this, a few personal training sessions will give you the confidence you need.
3. You don’t enjoy working out
If you are forcing yourself to run for 30 minutes on a treadmill every day whilst hating every second of it then you will require an iron-strong will to stay motivated. Instead of forcing yourself to do an exercise that you don’t enjoy, try something new. You could try boxing, functional training or martial arts. By pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and trying something new, you could find an exercise you love.
If you can overcome these 3 roadblocks, you will be able to create and maintain a fitness regime that you enjoy and look forward to each day. Better yet, you will no longer need to motivate yourself to get up and move as it will become a natural consequence to your day.