Lost motivation to exercise? Here’s why and how you can get it back

Lost motivation to exercise

Last Updated on 8th February 2022

Finding the motivation to start working out is often the hardest part. You might be feeling uninspired with your current exercise regime or unsure of your long-term goals. Exercise should be an essential part of your lifestyle – just like eating breakfast and going to work. However, it can be challenging to find the best workout for you and your routine. Here are a few ways you can get your exercise mojo back and start living a healthier lifestyle.

Revisit your goals

Goals are an integral part of working out. When you feel tired and sore, you can think of your long-term goal to push you through the workout. Your long-term goal could be to run a half marathon, lose a few pounds, or feel better mentally. Make these into SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timed.

You also need to have short term goals to help get to the bigger goal. Instead of feeling overwhelming by the prospect of running a half marathon, you could aim to up your running distance every week. Reaching your short-term goals provides a sense of achievement and motivation to keep going.

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If you have been injured, you might be nervous about hitting the gym again. Ask your doctor for advice and make sure you are ready to start exercising again. It’s important to give your body time to rest and recover before you start pushing it again. If you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you might be able to claim some compensation as well.

Monitor your progress

Some people stop working out because they don’t feel like they’re progressing. It might be time to start monitoring your progress through progress pictures, measurements, and weight. Using numbers to measure your progress can become addictive and somewhat dangerous to your mental health. Keep an eye on your mental attitude towards health and weight while monitoring your physical progress.

Switch it up

You might be bored with your current exercise regime. Try a new workout class or try exercising outdoors instead of in the gym. A change of scenery can boost your motivation and make you look forward to working again. Your exercise schedule should be tailored to your lifestyle and filled with activities that you enjoy doing.  You don’t have to lift weights and run 10k every day to be fit. You could opt for a spinning class or go wild swimming instead.

Exercise is your time to focus on you and what you enjoy, and it’s crucial for your physical and mental health. It can help you lose weight, build muscle, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Exercise for 10 minutes every day

Break up your workout into smaller, 10-minute blocks which can be fit into your morning, at lunchtime, or before bed.

Exercising buddies motivating each other to work out

Find an exercise buddy and create a workout plan that works for you

Finding like-minded people can motivate each other to stay active and reach their fitness goals. It’s a great way to push each other to do more. When you have a plans with a buddy, it’s less likely that you’ll bail on your workout.  Make sure your workout plan is realistic and fits your schedule so you can stick with it.

Set goals and rewards

Setting goals in any area of your life that you want to improve, including exercise helps success. Goals are powerful because they keep you focused on what you want to accomplish. Rewards are another great form of motivation and provide an incentive. They don’t have to be extravagant or expensive, just acknowledging the hard work you’ve put in.