I wonder this myself at times when it’s 6.30am and I’m starting my workout. I really don’t expect my clients to train at this time, unless they really want to : ) For me, the motivation to exercise at that time in the day is because I know how much better I will feel from training. It gives me more energy, focus and determination which sets me up for the day ahead.
Yet what is the bigger factor that gives us the motivation to exercise? It’s all to do with our imagination, which is a far bigger driver to get us to do something than motivation is.
We create pictures in our minds, it could be of
a chocolate sponge cake, the icing on top slightly glistening with that rich dark sheen, the middle filled with a thick chocolate cream oozing out the sides, ok..I’m sure you get what I’m talking about here. No wait! Before you run down to the supermarket, this is an example of how we can vividly create something in our mind to the point where we just got to have it.
Yet when it comes to exercise we often paint a very different picture, it usually has something to do with feeling uncomfortable, hot, sweaty, breathless, embarrassed and feeling lost on what to do. At the gym we are at our most vulnerable, in tight fitting clothes, no makeup and hair raked back off the face. For guys, you may feel challenged by some of the male physics parading around the gym floor, you know the guys..pumped up on various supplementation (I won’t go into details…but if you’ve been in a gym ever, you know what I’m talking about here) and it can be quite intimating, especially if your new or just starting out, or want to advance from the machines to the free weight area.
The motivation to exercise begins with knowing what you want and why you want it
When you have a clear goal in your mind of what you want to achieve, by that I mean to picture in your mind your target physique, even if it doesn’t quite make sense in your mind as it’s so different to where you are now. Visualize what you want those areas of your body to look like and make it something that becomes more appealing in your mind than the chocolate cake I described earlier.
Plan your workout and set yourself up to win, that way motivation to exercise will become easier
Next set yourself up to win, decide when you are going to train, lay out your clothes ahead of time, put your favourite music on your I-pod (if music gets you going) and plan what you are going to do for your workout. Visualize in your mind, how much more energized you will feel and how proud you will be that you’ve done it. Even if you only workout for 10 minutes, the fact is, you’ve said to yourself you are going to do it and you have. Quite often by just starting you will get motivation to exercise and end up doing more anyway.
Make it fun, enjoyable and rewarding! Talk to me for more information about planning your training sessions.