This may surprise some, coming from a trainer, but I hate exercising, too.
Maybe not every single day, but more than you might think.
As I’ve grown older I’ve found it harder to stay motivated. As a former football player, working out was always an ends to a means. The more I worked out the better I played in games. That sustained me and got me through the drudgery for almost 35 years. Now that I’ve reached my 50s, and can’t play football anymore, the thought of lifting weights for three hours or going on a five-mile run is just, well… exhausting.
Well, here’s a few tips I’ve found to help motivate both myself and my clients.
Block the negative
Your thoughts play a big part in determining your results. Block out any negative thoughts you may have about exercise. Focus your energy on creating a positive attitude that will get you excited about hitting the gym, rather than dreading it.
Focus on the benefits
Exercise makes you stronger, sexier, happier and gives you more energy. Pick the benefit that moves you the most and fixate on it.
Do it with others
It’s been proven those who workout with others are more likely to stick to it and have better results.
Work towards a goal
This is what works best for me.
Find something that will keep you motivated. Some of the things my clients work towards are running their first 5K or a mud run.
It could be preparation for a long distance bike ride or to bench press a certain weight, it really doesn’t matter what the goal is, but it should be something that will motivate you.
The easiest way to put exercise on your list of favorite things is to experience it at its best. One way to do that is to get onboard with someone who is an expert at exercise. A few sessions with a quality personal trainer can be the best investment you can make towards your health.
A good trainer can teach you the most effective and enjoyable techniques that will get you into the best shape of your life, while at the same time keeping you safe, help keep you motivated, and yes, kick some butt when needed.
Dan Romand is a co-owner and operator at Full Circle Fitness-NY in Colonie.