How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise Every Day?

Excuses, such as a lack of time, thinking that you cannot exercise or that exercise is simply not your thing, are pretexts disguised as lack of motivation. Motivation is a key factor to achieving goals and objectives, and this doesn't just apply to fitness.
How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise Every Day?

Last update: 06 October, 2018

Surely the reason you decided to start exercising was to have a healthier lifestyle and a fit body? However, after a few days of this, do you quit and return to your sedentary lifestyle? If so, you may repeat the constant loop of starting and quitting! If you can relate, this post is for you. We share with you how to get and maintain the motivation to exercise every day!

Motivation is the real fuel and it’s what moves us to get the things that we want. But sometimes, we must avoid losing motivation, which is also true for daily exercise.

So take note, and incorporate the following tips to maintain motivation before and during exercise:

1. Think about what you want to achieve

The idea of exercising doesn’t just appear. There are one or more factors that led you to want to exercise. These factors are your main motivation, whether it’s getting a flat stomach, improving your health or gaining muscle.

Woman and personal trainer preparing exercise program.

You should keep these factors in your mind at all times, so that they remind you why you are exercising. There are different ways to incorporate them into your life:

  • Make a list of the goals you want to achieve and stick this in the bathroom. This way you’ll see it every day.
  • Place a photo of your motivational factor on the background of your computer or cell phone. Or, you can also paste photos on the walls of your room.
  • Choose role models; people who are recognized for what you want to achieve. Admiring these people will make you think that if they can do it, you can too!

These small incentives are as simple as they sound, and they are the best incentives for you to exercise every day. Thus, you’ll be surrounded by the reasons for your decision to exercise.

2. Be positive and surround yourself with positive people

Keep in good spirits. Physical activity not only brings benefits to the body, but also to the mind. Because, when you train the brain releases endorphins, which are considered to be the ‘happiness hormone’. Use this to maintain the good vibes and train constantly. Also, try not to surround yourself with negative people who judge you or make you feel bad. That takes away energy and unconsciously affects your performance in the exercise.

It’s all about attitude, so staying happy and stress-free influences your motivation to exercise every day. If you are discouraged you probably don’t want to do anything. However, if you are in good spirits you’ll have the disposition to reach your goal.

Exercise program. Woman training with dumbbells.

One tip to motivate you further, is music. Build a list of songs that you like and start listening to them before you train for an upbeat mood. You can also exercise listening to music, this will increase your athletic performance.

3. Prepare a reward

Giving yourself a reward will motivate you to not miss any training. You can set rewards that don’t take you away from your goal. For example, if your goal is to have a fit body, then you can reward yourself after exercise by watching your favorite film or by enjoying a healthy snack.

4. Enjoy the exercise

Enjoy the exercise that you do and choose exercises that you enjoy. If you like it and enjoy it, you won’t have to force the motivation to do it. Since it will be your favorite part of the day and there will be more fluency at the motivational level.

Group of people enjoying the exercise.

The latter is significant. If you do exercises that you don’t like, it will be extremely difficult to find the motivation and maintain it. Explore these suggestions: Zumba, LISS, HIIT, and spinning. Choose the one that interests you.

All of these tips will help you to have the motivation you need. Don’t forget to keep moving forward, and demanding more and more. For example, if your goal was to have a flat stomach, and you achieve this, move to the next level and aim for a six-pack. Keep going! Do not stop! Motivate yourself!

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.