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How to motivate yourself to workout at home is a huge topic that involves much self-discipline and hard work. Have you ever noticed about yourself or others when you first started on a new journey or starting a new job, or you bought a new phone, how excited and enthusiastic you were when you started something new and to realize after some time those feelings are not as great as before.
This is more true for most people when they first joined a gym, or bought equipment for home to exercise and build the health expectations they have imagined. Just can’t wait to get to the gym and start checking out all those machines, each exercise you do you can feel every muscle popping out and your heart automatically feels much better.
You were so regular in getting there and how wonderful your days were after a good workout. You give your best in working out and at the same time your esteem shoots high up until a threshold is met.
Weeks go by and you start to go less to the gym, you have seemed to have lost the motivation for the workouts and start deteriorating. Sometimes due to work or family pressure our commitment to run, lift more or going to the gym is swept away and you feel guilty. It can be at work, at home doing the household chores, there are times when your energy levels and motivation just goes down without realizing.
This happens to most of us in almost every field we work on, the fire in us just dims off. But sometimes somehow a sparks’ comes back and we are in action again for a while. Why is this?
This is also true if you have the equipment or multiple types in your home. Initially heavy usage and then it is under some bed or stored away in a closet. Sometimes the foldable and easily storable features like some of the treadmills, exercise bikes or the ellipticals have is not a good thing to have. We take time to unfold them back.
So how do we motivate ourselves back into action on the same subject in this case workout exercises?
Do A Little For Bigger Things to Happen
If you have lost the zest to do anything just force yourself to do just a little. If you were previously working on the treadmill or elliptical at home for an hour regularly and now you are not. Try this exercise to motivate yourself.
Keep a good goal for your self such as I will get to old age healthily and gracefully or built a body other be the envy of. Write out every possible health and other benefits you will get by exercising in your own words.
Than everyday read it out aloud in front of the mirror or someone close to you. This technique not only works with doing workouts but any other faction of your life. If your life is boring, you think people do not like you, your job is lousy, everything I do is failing, try writing out the few positive things on a piece of paper or notebook you love in that sector of life and start saying them aloud in front of a mirror.
For example, I love doing workouts because of i) it will keep me healthy ii) everyone will start admiring my healthy body iii) I will keep the doctors away and so on.
Just try it and notice the changes which will take effect once you start it. You will start seeing changes within you. You will initially feel awkward talking to yourself but soon you will get the hang of it as you see results.
The next thing is to make sure the machine is in good working condition or renew your membership. This is a good step and a first action. Just get yourself on to the machine and just start the workout a little.
You do not have to start with a full workout, just make a deal with yourself to simply do little. Make a personal internal agreement to only workout a little of your maximum, walking on the treadmill or brisk walking in nature outside for a short distance.
Then you will see some sort of magic happens, you will somehow feel better and ready to do more than what you have planned initially. You feel good and want to go on and personally feel more satisfied than if you had kept on doing nothing.
This applies to anything in our lives, just agreeing to do a little, can lead to bigger things start happening and more achievements.
Try it out, “Just Do a little”.
Fearing the Big Picture
You have set your goals or you have in your hands a set of guides on how to achieve a body of your dreams or to do a certain target of exercises per day or week. You have made your promise to stick to the plan and accomplish them. But you are simply not moving.
Something inside us is just not pushing us to go forward, like a tug of war inside of us. Somehow our mind is fearing the amount of hard work that needs to be done to get the goals in action. Or sometimes we feel we will start to fail along the way.
The trick is to make the first step, just a little and you are on your way to a successful goal. The way we handle each task is what productivity is all about. Feel good that you have done this.
You have taken the first step, it does not matter what it is, but you have ‘moved’ is what will make the difference. You will soon see that fearing the big picture (achieving your goals) is no more a burden but what you will enjoy doing.
You have taken the first little steps and moving along fine. But what can we do to keep our self, motivated further and ever? This is where our taught patterns need addressing.
You are following your workout plans and for example, someone comes along and says you are getting out of shape, or you are putting on weight and without again realizing you are demotivated. We tend to second guess our goals if it is working leading us to lack of energy to do anything. Why do we act this way whereby you know that workouts do wonders for oneself?
Simply put positive feedback will make us be motivated to perform better to get more feedback and the cycle repeats. But what happens when it is negative feedback. This leads to poor performance as there is no reward (good feedback). Our moods and emotions are disturbed and you will feel not to do anything,
You are stuck but as described above continue with the small actions and this will lead you to good stress and small wins where you will feel rewarded where eventually are motivated to the highest.
We need to note that long term goals do not produce immediate rewards, we will get some good and bad feedback along the way. When someone comes along and you get this small setback you just need to smile it off and continue. Deep down you know you are doing well and feel it. No doubt about this.
Internally rewarding yourself with each move you make as you progress along your set goal is a sure way of achieving anything. You don’t need pats on the back or some sweet words to get you to stay motivated but simply change the way we interpret the situation and continue with the wins you are already achieving and rewarded.
How To Motivate Yourself To Workout At Home? Conclusion
As human beings, it is natural for us to just give up on something which is of value. You know workouts exercises are of value but just don’t want to take action to get it. Sometimes we just want the easy way. Nothing comes easy.
But there are ways to stay motivated and keep going no matter what.
Most of the time addressing the way we analyze situations and keeping our mind in the correct angle is the only way to get things done and achieving anything you dream off.
For some of us, we can easily control the mind to do the right things but for most of us, it is difficult. Sometimes it is the way we were brought up or situations caused us to behave the way we behave. To tackle these situations is to take small steps as described above.
Just block this kind of mind thinking, stay motivated, take the small steps and you are on your way to a beautiful self.
How about you? Have you ever been in this situation where you were demotivated and have somehow overcome the situation by yourself? If you like to share your experience you can briefly write it out below and send it. We love to hear them.