From time to time, you’re going to lack the motivation to exercise. You just don’t feel like pulling on those joggers and getting it done.
You’ll start making excuses. It’s cold and wet outside, or it’s been a real tough day at work. Or even that you’re behind on the house work and you need to do the dishes (that’s a good one).
So you’ll start making promises to yourself. You’ll double your fitness and exercise tomorrow. You won’t eat chocolate for the rest of the week . . . and so on. It’s times like these that you really need motivation to exercise. Motivation just to get it done. But don’t feel chastised! I’m not having a pop at you . . . as we all go through it!
I’ve made a short list of fitness motivation tips that can help you boost your motivation. But here I’ll focus on just one of those powerful self motivation techniques.
Keeping a diary to boost your motivation to exercise
One of the best motivational techniques is to keep a detailed fitness diary or log book.
At first it might seem a little pointless or even time consuming (though you’ll get it down to a few minutes for each entry).
But after only a month or so, you’ll be able to flick through your entries and see your progress.
It’ll be a Eureka moment! Where as you thought you were on a slow road to nowhere, and your fitness progress was zilch, you’ll be pleasantly surprised (or even amazed!) at how far you have come in such a short period of time.
This will be your motivation to exercise!
It’ll keep you going on those occasions when doing the dishes is more appealing. It’ll help you to get it done!
What should you record in your diary or log book?
The answer to this question depends on your ultimate goal.
For example, if your overall fitness goal is simply to exercise more and get your weight down you’ll have to record this type of information in your diary.
Keep a table on the first page tracking your weekly weight. First thing on a Monday morning, weigh yourself and record it. Just knowing that come the following Monday you’re going to have to weigh yourself and write it down is motivational!
After a month or so, you’ll see your weight chipped away and those excess pounds disappearing before your eyes.
On the subsequent pages of your diary, keep a track of the exercises you performed, how much you did, and even how you felt.
If you went for a jog and ran 1.5 miles in 18 minutes and found it real tough, write it down! After 3 or 4 weeks you’ll be writing down 2 miles in 18 minutes and that you found it easy!
This is awesome motivation!