We all do it, have the very best of intentions to get to the gym or to go for a run and sometimes just getting those gym leggings on and out the door feels like you were asked to trek Everest. There is that internal dialogue that kicks in giving you a hundred reasons and excuses not to do something you planned to do.
We are naturally and chemically built to feel good after doing some sort of exercise and even more so after achieving a goal. There is a cocktail of hormones that get released post-workout which leaves us feeling happy and satisfied. So why do we avoid it, when after all we are pleasure-seeking being? Well it’s mostly down to perception and dealing with our minds that tend to be a bit tricky sometimes.
With the world how it is today, where so many things we desire can be obtained with a click of a button. Finding the motivation to put in the hard work has become even more challenging.
So whether some days you just need an extra push or you are feeling stuck in general we have put together these 5 strategies that should get you up and out that door. Moving your body and enjoying an active life
1. You Need A Good Reason
You need to have a good reason or driving-force to make an idea or dream become a reality This is just how the brain works. So set out your goals and the results you want and have these either firmly set in your mind, written down in a diary or pin them somewhere so you can see it as a daily reminder. You need the ‘Why’ to activate the ‘How’.
2. Just Do Something
Sometimes we can set ourselves up for failure and there is a little trick around that. So say if you have planned to go to the gym for an hour session or a 5 km run. Now when it's time to actually do it, it seems like a massive mission. The hack to this is to say, ok I don't have the time or energy for 60 mins or 5 kms on this occasion so I'll just do
a 20 minute Cardo session or 2 or 3 km run instead. Who knows, once you start running you might actually feel like continuing on to do 5 kms or a full hour workout. It’s all about getting the mind onboard as to what is achievable or agreeable and sometimes a few tricks help.
3. Change Your Self-Talk
We are normally careful about how we choose to speak to other people knowing the affect our words may have on someone. Most of us don't however really pay much attention to how we speak to ourselves. This critical and negative language can have an impact on our motivation. Think how you might motivate someone else to do something and apply that type of dialogue with yourself. Your self-talk should be kind, encouraging and empowering. Train your brain to think and address yourself in a positive way and you really will make it more likely to have helpful, positive thoughts and beliefs.
4. Positive Visualisation
Often when we need to do something we visualise it first. This is a natural process that helps us when it's time to do that task for real. Your brain has worked out the steps needed and has imagined what it will be like. Sometimes when we visualise something we are struggling to get motivation for we might picture the difficult or challenging parts of a gym class or run. Instead, switch the focus to the rewarding elements of your workout or gym session. This could be that amazing feeling you get when you have just finished, that sense of pride, happiness and power.
5. Acting ‘As If’
This is an amazing life hack and can be applied to any aspect of your life. Wayne Dyer has a great approach to acting ‘as if' Imagine aspects of your ideal self whether it's being an incredible parent or being in great physical shape. Now when you are facing those moments in life where you are feeling it's all a bit too challenging...the kids are out of control or your energy is low and you don't feel like going to the gym. At that moment just take a minute and imagine your ideal self and think about how that version of yourself would deal with the situation. So let that uber-radiant and alive version of you head off to the gym and get the job done.
And it's always good to just remember life is truly remarkable and your body is a beautiful gift, so enjoy it and move your body!