You might have made a goal to start exercising so you can get into shape, but it’s usually easier said than done. Especially if you’ve fallen into a remarkably sedentary lifestyle, that goal alone may not be enough to get you up and moving.
When that happens, the best thing to do is give yourself another reason–an immediate reason–to get moving right now. Lucky for you, we’ve already got six.
Because It’s fun!
Before you try to contradict me, hear me out. Exercise doesn’t have to be a means to an end, so don’t waste your time on a workout plan that kills you a little bit inside. If you wanted to try a new activity and it’s just not for you, that’s okay! Pick something else until you find the right fit.
Exercise doesn’t have to be running on the treadmill or bench-pressing your bodyweight surrounded by bodybuilders. Do you like riding your bike as the trees are blossoming? Extend your route. Do you think throwing frisbees is far out? Get together with a group to play ultimate frisbee.
So You Can Socialize
If you can’t stand being alone at the gym, left at the mercy of the critical voice in your head, recruit a few buddies to keep it at bay. Exercise is a great excuse to spend time with good friends or making new ones.
Even having one other person next to you can help the time pass more quickly between the latest gossip on your favorite TV series, witty banter, and their motivational support meant just for you. You may find yourself spending more free time being active just so you can be around those people.
To Gain More Confidence
With everything you face every day, it’s easy to get discouraged and doubt your abilities to do and be all that you want. Taking time to fit in a workout can help boost your spirits because when you prove to yourself that you can do something that’s physically difficult, you’ll recognize that you have the ability to make it through whatever else comes at you.
To Distract Your Mind
When the same thoughts and ideas keep replaying in your mind with no forward momentum, it’s time to take a break. Putting in a workout is a great way to channel that cyclical energy away from the problem at hand. Try to go somewhere else (like the gym or a nearby hiking trail) because the change of scenery will help you to get some distance from the problem.
Whether you’re trying to understand string theory or need to blow off loads of steam, physical exertion will give you something else to focus on so your mind is fresh when it’s time to return to go back and solve the problem.
So You Can Stretch Your Muscles
Sometimes, you’ve just been sitting too long and a good reminder of your physical capabilities is just what the doctor ordered. With a quick outfit change, you’ll be able to keep your health in check. You’ll avoid the need for hammertoe surgery by giving your feet some comfy gym shoes to wear as well as allow yourself to improve flexibility and range of motion.
Don’t forget that even simple exercises can help prevent injuries to important parts of your body like your spine.
Because You’re Preparing for Something
Did you set a goal that has a hard deadline? Often runners will use these types of deadlines to keep them motivated throughout a training period, but your goal doesn’t have to be running a marathon, or even a 5k.
Maybe you have an awesome vacation planned that requires walking all over a foreign city or hiking a gorgeous mountain. Whatever it is, remind yourself of how much stronger you’ll be if you don’t miss this workout! And remember how much more enjoyable the event will be if you’re physically prepared!