Getting Back in Shape: How to Always Stay Super Motivated

By Krista

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Last Updated: October 9, 2021

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Working out is something so many people struggle with.

You might go into an exercise routine, gung-ho about getting back into shape, only to fall off the bandwagon yet again. So, what gives? Why can’t you stick with it?

John C Maxwell, an American author and speaker, once said,

Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.

In other words, you can only truly rely on motivation at the start. After that, it’s all about learning how to stay self-disciplined. 

At the same time, it helps to have positive thoughts regarding exercise and fitness that you can fall back on when that negative voice creeps in. And this is exactly what we’re going to explore in this article. So, let’s dive in. How can you stick with your exercise routine and obtain optimal health?

 

5 Benefits to Creating Positivity Around Exercise

A lot of individuals get into fitness to improve how they look. And it’s completely okay to want to change that. However, it’s easy to throw in the towel when results don’t immediately present themselves. 

So, let’s twist this common dialogue around a bit… What other reasons are there to workout on a regular basis?

1. You’ll Feel More Energized.

Here’s the thing: When it comes to exercise, you definitely want to listen to your body. If you feel physically exhausted, small and gentle movements are probably best when compared to going full-throttle in the gym.

But here’s the other thing… Even small movements can have big impacts, including helping you feel more energized. Various research has even indicated the importance of physical activity in elevating energy levels.

Not feeling it? Do some gentle stretching or a few balance exercises. Or simply go for a walk around the block.

Exercise doesn’t always mean something intense.

It’s more just about moving your body and getting your blood flowing a bit more than if you were sitting. 

Related Article: 4 Scientific Reasons Why Moving Your Body Boosts Your Mental State

2. You’ll Be in a Better Mood Afterwards.

It’s rare to hear someone say they felt awful after a workout. In fact, usually, this means something else is going on, like they are actually fighting off an underlying cold or flu. And in this case, rest really is best.

However, various evidence shows how exercise boosts mood, even reducing your risk of depression and anxiety.

In other words, feeling low should motivate you to move a bit more since it’s scientifically-proven that exercise will help (I actually use this all the time! And yes, it’s an internal battle, but once I get moving, there’s a clear winner.).

The truth is that our feelings aren’t always accurate.

Marisa Peer, renowned therapist and author, frequently reinforces the idea that our thoughts create our feelings and our feelings lead to our actions or behaviors. Thus, if you shift your thoughts around, you can change your feelings.

Convincing yourself that exercise will make you feel better is part of this!

3. You’ll Feel Less Stressed.

In today’s modern society, stress is an epidemic of sorts. In fact, some experts argue that stress is driving ill health and obesity (it’s not just all about what we’re eating or how much). 

Interestingly, studies further show how regular exercise can improve mental resiliency to acute stress. With regular movement (big or small), you might just become better equipped at handling stress.

Additionally, the endorphins released during exercise are known to help boost your mood and combat stress.

Related Article: 12 Ways to Develop a Healthy Mindset

4. You’ll Reduce Your Risk of Various Chronic Diseases.

If there’s any reason you should stick with a regular exercise routine, it’s preventative measures. Sedentary behavior is associated with many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and more.

Participating in about 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week significantly reduces your risk. In other words, you live a longer and healthier life.

5. You Might Just Sleep Better.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, exercise helps you fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality. It even decreases insomnia.

When you sleep better, you feel better. You feel more focused. You feel happier and more confident. So many good physiological and psychological things come from a good sleep. And exercise is a powerful tool to help you obtain a better sleep.

Building Your Self-Discipline Muscle

So, we’ve got some positive thoughts to fuel our motivation for exercise. But what about developing that self-discipline we talked about earlier? Here are a few tips:

  • Remind yourself of your WHY. 
  • Set a time for exercise, then take action.
  • Keep your goals where you can see them.
  • Prioritize. 
  • Buddy up for accountability.
  • Note where you tend to fall off the bandwagon and come up with viable solutions to overcome these barriers.

Working Out Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore!

Nor does it have to feel like a form of self-punishment. In reality, it can be a way to show yourself a little self-care. And remember, exercise doesn’t have to be extreme or hours upon hours in the gym.

Even 10 minutes or 20 minutes here and there can help you obtain a better state of health, physically and mentally, leading to a better life. Small movements are always better than none at all!

Read Next: How to Get the Most Out of Your Workout Routine

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4 comments on “Getting Back in Shape: How to Always Stay Super Motivated”

  1. I used work real good everyday and I loved it. Now I can or barely want to do anything to help my body become and stay strong. From this I can feel where I'm breaking down in certain areas especially my knees. I'm in trouble and the pain is in my mind. I want to be happy but, I'm not and it shows in my behavior. I want to leave my family, job and all the things I've been striving to do that appear to have failed me. I'm not as young as I used to be,I not married and have few friends I enjoyed. Yet, I don't want to die and unfortunately I don't know how to begin to live.😭😰😨

  2. Start by small steps and then you Will feel better. Storm will pass, it have been hard times but you will feel better.

  3. Well according to what you wrote, you don’t want to die and you have already made the decision to live. So you have already taken the important step of taking your power back by making the loving decision to live. Somewhere inside you know you are worth it!! Now, ask yourself, what makes me feel alive , happy and loved. It appears that you once felt alive, happy and loved. So go back and grab those memories and make a list of the things, people or regiments that full filled these desires. One by one begin to add them strategically back to your life to the best of your current ability, so you can live. At least those things you have the power to add and also begin to subtract those things, people and behaviors that don’t add to your life nor add to your quest to live. May God Bless and Strengthen you to live. ❤️🙏🏾🤗

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