(PCM) It’s not always easy staying motivated and sticking to a workout routine, especially once it starts to get cold outside. Whether it’s because it’s too chilly to walk/run outside or there’s not enough time with the kid’s back-to-school activities, excuses for skipping out on fitness will be easier to come up with in the next few months.
The best way to stay motivated and make exercise a habit – not a chore – is by having a strong purpose behind it. Having a goal or an objective that really means something to you can make all the difference in your success. Exercising to “lose weight” is too broad, but instead, exercising to lower cholesterol and blood pressure so that you can play with your kids longer is going to motivate you more, right?
Once you’ve found your motivation, there are a few key strategies that can help you stay on track. Jillian Michaels, celebrity trainer and ‘Biggest Loser’ veteran, shared her self-motivating strategies with Health:
Get there. “I’ll make an appointment with a friend to meet me at the gym so I won’t flake. Or I tell myself that all I have to do is 15 minutes—often, it flies by so fast I figure, what the heck, and finish another 15.”
Stay there. “Right when I’m about ready to put my fist through the treadmill display, I simply put on the right song and it dramatically changes my attitude. A few of my favorites are ‘Bounce’ by Calvin Harris and Kelis and ‘Your Surrender’ by Neon Trees.”
Find your way. “I love the Nietzsche quote: ‘He who has a why can endure any how.’ When you identify and define why you want to be motivated and develop an emotional connection to your goals, you can fight through any hardship. Personally, I want to preserve my body so I can live a vital, active life.”
Now go exercise!