Going to the gym is an effortless routine with these fitness motivation tips.
You’ll find out exactly how to automate your fitness motivation to improve your mood and boost energy.
Let’s start with getting motivated.
Fitness Motivation Tips: How to Get Motivated
If you want to make working out effortless and automatic, you must create new habits.
Creating a new habit is daunting, but Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, breaks it into three steps – cue, routine, and reward.
A cue is a simple trigger which instructs the brain on which habit to use. Then, a routine is performed with a reward upon completion of the routine
A habit loop might look like this:
Choose a cue, such as going to the gym as soon as you wake up, and a reward, such as a smoothie after each workout.
Then think about that smoothie, or about the endorphin rush you’ll feel.
Allow yourself to anticipate the reward.
Eventually, that craving will make it easier to push through the gym doors every day.
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
The more times you repeat this habit loop, the more it becomes automatic.
There’s one more powerful piece to this loop.
In 2002, researchers at New Mexico State University wanted to know why some people stuck with exercise.
So they studied 266 individuals who started running or lifting weights.
Researchers uncovered that these individuals continued with exercise because of the endorphins and sense of accomplishment it provided – they craved the positive feelings associated with running and weight lifting.
Cultivating a craving is the secret driver to reinforcing new habit loop.
Cravings drive habits.
What do you crave?
Fitness Motivation Tips: How to Stay Motivated
1// To stay consistent and reinforce your new habit
Stay consistent with a visual calendar or with an app, like Chains.cc , to mark the days you’ve exercised.
The challenge? A long streak of consecutive days. If you’ve missed a day – don’t give up – just continue the cycle again.
2// When you don’t have time
Try an at-home, high-intensity, metabolism boosting workout that squeezes intense bursts of activity into a few minutes.
If you’re new to working out, check with your doctor before taking on a new fitness program.
3// When you’re bored with your workouts
Mix up your routine.
Try a different intensity workout, a new route, or cross-train with an activity you don’t normally do – dance, yoga, cycling, or running.