Welcome to Motivation Monday!
Finding the motivation to exercise can be REALLY tough. Everyone is so busy and tired these days. With everything going on in our day-to-day lives, finding the time to squeeze in physical fitness often takes a back burner to just about anything else – but it shouldn’t.
Many people think about exercising as a method to lose weight and it absolutely is. But there are SO many more extremely important reasons to stay fit and healthy other than to improve physical appearance. So even if you’re not over weight, EVERYONE should be making exercise a priority in order to live their best and healthiest life, now and in the future.
Exercise can literally be life changing. Below I have provided links focusing on some of the best reasons to stay fit! If you’re not already getting enough exercise, I hope the below information can nudge you in the right direction! If you are already exercising, this information will hopefully give you all the motivation you need to keep going!
In case you were wondering how much exercise is enough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that adults “engage in moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes on five or more days of the week,” or “engage in vigorous-intensity physical activity for at least 20 minutes on three or more days of the week”.
GREAT REASONS TO EXERCISE!
#1 – Exercising has been proven to reduce your chances of getting many types of cancer including BREAST CANCER.
#2 – I LOVE this link! The 10 reasons to exercise, besides losing weight, listed in this link are more than enough to motivate me to exercise regularly!!
#3 – Exercise can be used as an ‘anti-depressant’!. I find this fascinating and this is by far THE #1 reason that I exercise! Depression affects nearly 19 million adults each year. To avoid being one of them, I exercise regularly. I’ve been off antidepressants now for 7 years and counting (:
#4 – Lastly, the below link gives the top 6 EXCUSES people give for not exercising and how we you can move past them! NO MORE EXCUSES!!!
How to Get/Stay Motivated!?
What works best for me is consistent routine. I take spin classes, cardio step classes, sculpting/weight training classes and I play squash once a week. I do the same things at the same times every week at my local recreation centre. The classes are all included in the membership! Now my body and brain are used to it and I’m MUCH less likely to talk myself out of something that I’m already mentally committed to.
Pick the days and times you want to exercise and mark them down for the week. GET A ROUTINE GOING. If possible, take classes you really enjoy every week at your local gym/recreation centre. Signing up for a class motivates you to ‘keep your appointment’ and allows someone else to do the mental motivation for you. All you have to do is show up and do what the instructor tells you! It’s the ONLY way I manage to stay consistent.
Another great motivator is having support from friends. If possible, recruit a friend or family member to exercise with you! I have a really good like-minded friend who takes almost all the same classes as me. I look forward to seeing her each day/week. We also keep each other accountable and support one another in our fitness goals. It makes it a lot easier to get to the gym 4 days a week! A good support system is hugely motivating!
The most important thing is finding something you enjoy or you won’t be motivated to keep going. Lastly, don’t set your expectations too high and don’t exercise just for the purpose of weight loss. Remind yourself it’s for SO MANY other reasons and ANY amount of exercise is better than none at all. Just START SOMEWHERE and work from there. Set small, achievable goals so you won’t get discouraged and give up. EVERY. STEP. COUNTS!
Have a wonderful, healthy, happy week and keep moving!