For many, the anticipation of working out inherently evokes feelings of laziness and lethargymany people, the anticipation of working out inherently evokes feelings of laziness and lethargy because they hate it so much. Then there are others who may love to work out yet they just can’t get motivated to get up, get out and go to the gym.
So, how do you get around this problem?
Well, I must admit, as much as I love working out, I often ask myself: “Why am I doing this anyway?” But, then I always manage to build up the motivation to put on my sneakers and take off.
That said, in an effort to get you motivated and moving too, here are my three simple strategies for getting around that sluggish feeling when it pops up.
Consume Energy Boosting Foods
A diet that’s deficient in essential nutrients can substantially reduce your energy levels leading to extreme fatigue and general weakness. Collectively, these symptoms can make it very difficult to start a workout.
To alleviate this, I recommend eating foods that house substantial amounts of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants). Some of the best include leafy green and cruciferous vegetables, citrus fruit and berries, healthy whole grains (oatmeal and quinoa), nuts (walnuts, almonds, and Brazil nuts), and oily fish like salmon and tuna. You can also get a substantial dose of energy with moderate consumption of either coffee or tea (about 8-16 ounces per day).
Eating such quality foods on a daily basis can significantly boost your energy levels making it much easier to engage in exercise and all other types of everyday physical activity.
Perform Exercises You Enjoy
You may be unmotivated and unenthusiastic about a workout because you simply hate the type of exercise you’re about to perform. If this is the case, you’ll find it difficult to initiate each and every one of your workouts. One of the best ways to counter this feeling is by performing exercise activities that you actually enjoy.
Most people don’t do this!
Working out doesn’t have to be difficult nor does it have to be boring. When you put forth some real effort to choose exercise formats that you really like, exercise can actually be quite fun.
Some effective alternatives to structured exercise (treadmill walking and elliptical climbing) that most people don’t consider are long hikes, kayaking, and competitive sports. Such activities are equally as effective as structured exercise. Adding variety will also increase your motivation and progress. Your muscles have memory cells that may become unresponsive if they are not shocked occasionally with a change in routine (click here to learn more).
What types of non-traditional exercise do you find exciting? Dancing? Rock Climbing? Jumping Double Dutch? It’s all about what you like to do. So, start there.
Listen to Your Favorite Music
It is very well recognized that listening to music has a number of beneficial effects when it comes to working out. Music can greatly reduce pre-workout apprehension and fatigue, increase exercise motivation, and induce a sort of “distracting” effect during workouts making it easier to exercise harder, faster and longer.
Think about it.
Have you ever attended a group fitness class without music?
There’s a reason why moderate-intensity to high-intensity group fitness formats like traditional floor aerobics and Zumba, boot camp-style training, and spinning are all performed with the aid of fast and loud music. Such music has been shown to substantially enhance exercise motivation and even exercise output.
Personally, music is one of my absolute favorite ways to prep myself for a workout. In fact, I make it a practice to refrain from listening to any of my favorite songs until it’s time for a workout. This actually gets me excited about the session to come.
I typically make a playlist of at least 25 songs that I looking forward to listening too. When I don’t make it through my playlist during a workout, I get that much more excited about the next workout. While this may seem silly, it’s quite an effective strategy, especially if you like music.
And there you have it! Three simple strategies for getting more energized and motivated to work out. While there’s no one-size fits all solution, it certainly doesn’t hurt to try them.
But, it’s also important to understand that if you constantly feel sluggish and unmotivated to exercise or just be active, you may want to evaluate other facets of your life. Such feelings can also be related to mental issues like stress or even anxiety.
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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.
Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you. If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise. However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.