Staying Motivated To Exercise – A Guide For Busy & Often Exhausted Moms!
Many people struggle to hit their daily step count or complete the right number of active minutes a day. However, when you are a mom, there are so many other obstacles in the way including being able to find the time, the energy, and even acknowledging that investing time in yourself isn’t selfish! Fortunately, there are some strategies you can use to keep your exercise motivation at maximum, even on the most challenging of mom days. Read on to find out what they are.
Focus on the process, not the end goals
Many of us have a specific end goal for when we exercise such as losing weight or toning up. Of course, long-term goals are good and well, as long as they are realistic, but they won’t make it easier to peel yourself off the couch and work out after a day of running around after the kids.
Instead, it is much more useful to place less focus on your end goals and much more on the process and experience of exercise. That is you need to pick an activity that you enjoy while you are doing it. Indeed, this is also excellent advice for life in general, as if we aren’t present and do not aim to enjoy our day-to-day experience, things can quickly lose their luster.
With that in mind, if you find yourself running, or heading to the gym purely because you want to shed a few pounds, it’s time to find another type of exercise activity that speaks to you on a deeper level. Then your motivation will flow much more freely!
Encourage positive associations
Another way that you can make it easier to stay motivated when exercising is to create as many positive associations around the activities you do. Indeed, there are several ways of doing this such as recruiting a friend to come along with you or creating a playlist full of high-energy songs that get the endorphins flowing.
It can also be a smart idea to invest in some new equipment and kit like these Rugby Shirts that you will feel comfortable in. After all, just that little life can be all you need to hit your next workout with gusto!
Finally do not forget that small successes are the most vital way of building up positive associations around exercise. To that end, be sure to set small, almost too easy goals at the beginning so you begin to build up a foundation of success and confidence to keep you motivated over the long term.
Get the whole family involved
You can also help to stay motivated and committed to your exercise routine, by integrating it into your everyday family life. Indeed, no rule says the only physical activity that counts must be done in the gym!
Instead, why not take the family out on a bike ride, or for a long hike in a scenic location? Even a game or two of tag in the garden can help you achieve your exercise goals, and you will have happy and worn-out kids to boot!