There are so many benefits of exercise.
In addition to burning fat, increasing muscle mass and improving your flexibility, it can also boost your mood and energy levels.
However, on days where you’re especially busy or tired, it can seem like a chore. Right?
That’s why it’s so important to learn how to love working out.
After all, if you have a passion for exercise, you’ll always be able to find the motivation to do it.
And here’s how you can ignite that passion.
First things first, find a type of exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise.
How, you ask? Well, try out several options until you stumble across the ones you enjoy.
And FYI, you don’t have to stick to just one way of working out! You can mix up your favourites so that they never become boring.
To spur you on while exercising, make sure you define your why.
Ask yourself what you hope to achieve through a regular workout routine and have this in the back of your mind at all times.
Some common motives for working out and losing weight are:
You could even write down your why(s) on post-it notes and stick them up around your house to serve as helpful reminders on the days where you’re feeling unmotivated.
When you have a big goal to achieve in a specific time frame, i.e. go down a dress size, it might feel unattainable in the beginning.
That’s why it’s a good idea to break down your one big goal into smaller, more manageable goals over a shorter period of time.
For instance, you could aim to lose one pound a week for 12 weeks and then exercise 30 minutes a day to achieve this.
Either way, it’s easy to find an excuse not to exercise. But if you work it into your schedule, just as you would your routine dentist appointment, it’s harder to ignore it.
Another way you can learn to love working out is by rewarding yourself when you notice positive changes[link to part 3], such as:
These rewards may include:
It’s all about giving yourself a pat on the back every now and again for your hard efforts. And this will help you keep up the momentum.
Lastly, wear something while you’re exercising that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.
Whether this is a cute printed workout top or colourful trainers from your favourite brand, use your activewear to express your personality.
And this is bound to have a profound effect on your mood.
Teaching yourself how to love exercise can be a challenge, but it’s worth doing.
After all, the benefits speak for themselves.
And you never know, you just might find that this passion motivates you to achieve your goals — and then some!
Look out for the final post in the “How to Stay Body-Positive on Your Weight Loss Journey” series, “Top Tips for Success,” coming soon!