First things first:
Yes, I know it’s really hard to build up enough motivation to get up early and go to the gym, but the simple fact is if you’re not motivated, you aren’t going to follow through. The trick is to make working out something YOU WANT to do, instead of dreading it.
Change your perspective. Instead of imagining how horrible it feels to get up early and hit the gym, imagine how amazing you’ll feel after (I promise that you’ll feel great, trust me on that one). Instead of dreading leg day, be glad that it’s today so that it’s not tomorrow. It’s easy to talk yourself out of doing stuff that’s hard, so when you realize it happening, do the opposite: talk yourself into it. If you think about the negative aspects, you won’t want to do it. If you think about the positive aspects, you will. That’s just how it is.
Think about results. In my last post, How to Create and Achieve Your Vision I explain how imperative it is to have a vision of what you want, whether it be your life vision, or your vision of being healthy. Have a goal in mind to help you remember why you’re working out in the first place. Goals keep us motivated and moving forward when it gets tough because it’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Get up and go. The best way to get motivated is by just doing it. When you find yourself in that mental pickle between going on that run or not, stop thinking about it. Stop, put on your shoes, and go. You’re probably thinking this contradicts getting motivated, but that’s completely untrue. Maybe eliminating your self talk and just going on the run regardless is the motivational jump start you need to stay committed.
This one might piss you off if you’re someone who “never has time”, but here’s something I was told once that completely changed my view of time and productivity:
“Every human in the entire world, from the most productive to the least, has 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to get things done.”
We all have the same amount of time. Yes, I’m aware that we each live different daily lives and do different things that may require more time than others, but think about that. We all have 24 hours in a day.
Eliminate bad or unnecessary habits. Most, if not all of us fill valuable time slots with unnecessary stuff every day. Try sitting down with a piece of paper and a pen, and write down what you do that is less of a priority than working out. Depending on what your habits are this could be extremely difficult to do, but like I mentioned before, if you’ve developed enough motivation, you’ll figure it out.
Manipulate your schedule. Ask yourself what time you can make by moving your current schedule around. Obviously, you may not be able to change your work hours or what time you get your kids, but there has to be something you can do to open up a thirty minute time slot throughout your day. You can wake up earlier and exercise then, or bring lunch to work instead of using your entire hour lunch break to go purchase it somewhere. There are millions of manipulations we can all make to our schedule. It all boils down to how bad you want it.
Be an Opportunist. Right now, think back to a time within the past week or two that you could’ve worked out, but didn’t because you didn’t know you were going to have that free time. Be prepared for those opportunities. Do whatever you have to do, even if it means always having a set of gym clothes at all times. When a time slot pops up, remember your priorities. Remember your vision of what you want to look like, how much weight you want to lose, and how healthy you want to feel.
Before I started working out consistently, I would have bouts of motivation that made me make time to workout. Then I would do it for a week or two, but before I knew it, I was slacking or not working out at all. This is because I lacked commitment. I would say to myself, “I worked out consistently for the last couple weeks, I deserve a day off” then a day turns into two, then three, and so on.
Commitment is the glue that brings steps one and two together. You can be motivated and going good for a month, but if you stop making time, it’s over. You’re back to square one. Working out isn’t something you do every once in a while. Working out is a product of wanting a healthier life. You can’t live a healthy life every once in a while and expect results. Committing is the most important of the three steps because it’s the one that makes results happen.
Do yourself a favor and start living healthy. Not having time is not an excuse, in fact, it is the worst excuse. I’m not trying to piss you off, I’m simply trying to encourage you.
Go get motivated. Right now, start positive self talk, and don’t over shoot. Focus on being healthier one day at a time. Start small and make it big with commitment. It’s not easy to get motivated, but we all can certainly do it.
Go make time. Plan your workouts ahead of time, and remember that above all, anything is something. A five minute run is less than a ten minute run, but more than no run at all. You may have the most hectic schedule ever in history, but if you want something bad, you’ll make it happen.
Commit. Consistency is the key to achievement. Stay consistent and you will get the results you want. Like I said before, there’s no surefire tips or tricks to commitment besides to focus on one day at a time and just do it. Positive affirmations and action make it easier to stay committed, but I promise it will never be easy.