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Five Ways to Motivate Yourself for Exercise

Five Ways to Motivate Yourself for Exercise

Exercise is really good for your body as well as the mind. It helps tone the muscles and give your body the desired shape. It helps you feel fresher and revitalizes your body. It not only burns the fats but also helps your body become more flexible.


A person who exercises regularly is more active and healthy. He feels calmer and does not lose his temper easily. He knows the meaning and importance of struggle in his life. So exercise is the secret to a successful life. We know how difficult you find it to work out as it seems more like a burden and you feel too tired to indulge yourself in exercise. You always feel lazy and lethargic but that can only be treated by being more active and exercising regularly. If you need the push for being motivated enough to exercise, then here five easy ways to motivate yourself:

  1. Personal Incentives

There should be some kind of motivation that pushes you away from the couch straight to the jogging track. You need to find that inner motivation. It can be anything that is going to be more tempting than spending the whole day sitting in one posture. Some of the personal incentives can be like:

  • To have a slender and attractive body shape.
  • To make your bones stronger.
  • To let the scale show a smaller number each time you step on it.

If these motivations are not enough think about the negative effects of obesity like heart attacks or high cholesterol level that can cause serious consequences.

  1. Set Goals you can Easily Follow

It is always ideal to set realistic goals that are easy to be followed by you for example if you plan to jog then try starting with a shorter time span like for 15 minutes and then increasing the time on a weekly or daily basis. This will help your body get used to the workout routine without tiring and demotivate you even before you start. Thus, it is always ideal to aim for tough workout routines but approach them slowly as it will also help you stay interested in the whole exercise as you get to do something extra every now and then.

  1. Do Something You Enjoy

Why engage yourself in strenuous jogging if you don’t like it? Trust us it will kill your mood, more than it burns those fats. Exercise is a necessity but it is not necessary that it should be boring you can try something you enjoy like kickboxing or dance that burns the fats while you enjoy it.

  1. Make a Proper Schedule

You need to plan a schedule that also accommodates your workout routine in your hectic tedium. The most common excuse for not exercising is that you don’t have time and you need to grow out of it.

  1. Don’t Let Failure Discourage you

There are days when you don’t live up to your expectations whether those expectations were born inside or outside the gym just don’t give up.

As athletes, exercise, or for most of you that’s reading this, is a huge part of an the journey to becoming the greatest you can be at whatever sport you want to play.

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Athlete Quotes


We look at athletes for inspirational.  Some of us strive to be in their shoes and some of us simply strive to be better than we were the day before.  Here are some athlete quotes that will motivate and inspire great things.  If you like these athlete quotes then take a look at our triathlon quotes as well.

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” – Knute Rockne

“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.” – Doug Williams

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets.  He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” – Emil Zatopek

“Age is no barrier.  It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson

“It’s not the will to win that matters, everyone has that.  It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” – Laird Hamilton

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz

“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” – Andre Agassi

 

Do you need help setting goals?  Try setting SMART goals!

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Accomplishing Your Goals

Mental Preparation – visualize yourself running your best time, scoring a career high, catching the game winning touchdown, etc. The more you visualize yourself accomplishing your goal, the more likely you will accomplish it. Do this over and over again until you’ve gone through every possible scenario and you will be prepared for anything.


Share it – share your goal with everyone you know. This will hold yourself accountable. Your friends and family will start asking you how your goal is going and if you haven’t been making strides toward it then you start wanting to prove to them that you can do it.

Post it – post it everywhere, such as your mirror in the bathroom, your computer monitor or your refrigerator. If you start to think about cheating or taking a day off then your goal is right there staring at you. Keep it mind that it’s good to take a day of rest every now and again but if it starts to become day 2, day 3 and so on then changes will need to be made.

Set a SMART goal – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

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Smart Goal Setting

Goals is what makes athletes great athletes. The dreams we set for ourselves can not be achieved unless we set goals but not just goals, SMART goals.

S = Specific

M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely

Specific – Your goals should be straightforward and to the point. This helps us to clearly define what you're trying to achieve. Specific is What, Why and How.

■WHAT are you going to do? Use action words such as direct, organize, coordinate, lead, develop, plan, build etc.

■WHY is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish?
■HOW are you going to do it?

Instead of setting a goal to finish a marathon.  Set a goal to run in under 4 hours.

Measurable – If you can't measure it, you can't manage it.  Choose a goal that you can track and monitor so let's say that you choose to set a goal to run a marathon in under 4 hours.  How do you measure your progress?  By creating smaller goals along the way.  Let's say you have a goal to run a half marathon 2-3 months prior to the marathon in 2 hours or less.  This would help measure your ultimate goal of a marathon under 4 hours.

Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop that attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. Your begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

A goal needs to stretch you mentally and physically but it has to be realistic and should be a real committment to you where you must make sacrifices in order to reach your goal.

Realistic – Set goals that can be achieved.  This doesn't mean to set goals that are easy but make sure you don't just say for example that your goal is to break the world record in the marathon if you've never run a mile faster than 5 minutes because it would be safe to say that breaking the world record is not realistic.

Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort!  Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too low sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!

Timely – It's important to set a timeframe to achieve your goal.  If you put an end date on your goal, it gives you a clear target to work towards.  If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action now.  Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.

It's important to set goals in all aspects in life not just in sports.  Goals give us a purpose and something to work toward.  So now start working toward your dreams and once you achieve them, dream more.

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Smart Goal Setting

Goals is what makes athletes, great athletes. The dreams we set for ourselves can not be achieved unless we set goals, but not just goals, SMART goals.


Here’s how you can set SMART goals:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely

Specific – Your goals should be straightforward and to the point. This helps us to clearly define what you’re trying to achieve. Specific is What, Why and How.

■WHAT are you going to do? Use action words such as direct, organize, coordinate, lead, develop, plan, build etc.
■WHY is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish?
■HOW are you going to do it?

Instead of setting a goal to finish a marathon.  Set a goal to run it under 4 hours.

Measurable – If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.  Choose a goal that you can track and monitor.  Let’s say you choose to set a goal to run a marathon in under 4 hours.  How do you measure your progress?  By creating smaller goals along the way.  Let’s say you have a goal to run a half marathon 2-3 months prior to the marathon in 2 hours or less.  This would help measure your ultimate goal of a marathon under 4 hours.

Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. Your begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

A goal needs to stretch you mentally and physically but it also has to be realistic and should be a real commitment. You must be willing to make sacrifices in order to reach your goal.

Realistic – Set goals that can be achieved.  This doesn’t mean to set goals that are easy but make sure you don’t just say, for example, that your goal is to break the world record in the marathon.  If you’ve never run a mile faster than 5 minutes then it would be safe to say that breaking the world record is not realistic.

Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort!  Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too low sends the message that you aren’t very capable.  Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!

Timely – It’s important to set a time frame to achieve your goal.  If you put an end date on your goal, it gives you a clear target to work towards.  If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action now.  Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.

It’s important to set goals in all aspects in life not just in sports.  Goals give us a purpose and something to work toward.  So start working toward your dreams and once you achieve them, dream more.