self motivation tips
Exercise motivation for healthy aging

The best self motivation tips for exercising can be found by simply looking around you. Those who choose to continue an unconscious lifestyle of little or no physical activity and poor eating habits are setting themselves up for a future of pain, medication and dependence on others.

Below are just a few examples of the benefits of exercise:

  • Increased muscle volume
  • Better sex life
  • A wonderful feeling of accomplishment
  • Confidence booster
  • Clothes fit better
  • Be able to play with your grandchildren
  • Improved sleep

It's not too late to get in shape, even if you've never exercised a day in your life. Now's the time to turn things around and start feeling better both physically and mentally.

sELf motivation tip #1

It's up to you

Make a conscious decision to improve your health because you want to, and not for, or because others say you should. You must be ready to make the change.

Anyone that is in touch with reality today knows that physical activity is vital for good health. Yet, the majority of adults do not participate in any type of physical activity on a regular basis. Many start, but most drop out sooner or later. Many of the best health clubs rely on yearly contracts to make big profits because of this very simple fact. Within 6 weeks after joining a gym the average person stops working out.

We are like children. If forced to do something we will most likely rebel and do the opposite. The decision to make a change in lifestyle is not an easy one, and it's one that can be made only by you. Make exercise part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth.

Don't think about it so much, just do it already.

sELf motivation tip #2

Find ways to enjoy your activity

Although you can have the best intentions and be very motivated to get in shape, if you don't like the activity or get satisfaction from it in some way, it's unlikely that you will continue.

If going to the gym sounds really awful, don't join a gym. Find something you enjoy doing. If you thought about walking, but it seems really boring, ask a friend to join you. Join a group with similar interests such as a bicycling, tennis or rowing club.

Find a way to make your exercise more attractive. My husband listens to music while he swims. He has a waterproof walkman on which he records his favorite music and changes the selection often to keep it interesting. He gets into the music and into the rhythm of the strokes and nothing can stop him. He says some days he feels like he's gliding on an endless wave!

Perhaps the beauty of a sunrise will get you out of bed and into your running shoes every morning.

Do you need variety? Take a dance class, garden or take your dog for a run. For many people taking up a sport can be a more interesting option and can be just as beneficial. There are so many different types of exercise that you can choose from, everyone can find one at least one that they will enjoy.

Perhaps rewards would motivate you. Put away a few dollars every time you exercise and save up for something special. Or reward yourself with a gift after each week of exercise; increase it to a month and with a bigger gift, and so on.

sELf motivation tip #3

Get results

Staying motivated requires results from all your hard work. Looking good, improved memory, improved sleep, increased energy, are just a few more benefits you can expect from getting fit.

My initial motivation for using a cross trainer machine was to get rid of lower back pain from which I suffered for years. I got great results and I continue using it today, (7 years later) because apart from knowing it's good for my back, I've become addicted to the adrenalin rush I get from a good workout!

When we set goals for ourselves and accomplish them it gives us incentive to continue or even challenge ourselves further. We baby boomers are not ready to retire and sit back in those rocking chairs yet. Just because we are women over 50 doesn't mean we have to feel old. There is still so much living to do, places to see and new things to learn and we should feel as good as we can to enjoy it all.

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