I hear so many people say that they are going to workout in the new year, only to abandon that mindset by the 2nd week of January. Their motivation for working out is beat down before they get a good start. Mental motivation is key to making exercise an attainable lifestyle habit! As someone who has worked out pretty much my entire life, I know that there are a lot of benefits to regular workouts. Not to mention that as a woman who is well beyond 40, I find it vital to maintaining a healthy and fit existence. PSA – You don’t need a gym to stay fit either!!
Mental Workout Motivation
My philosophy for working out starts with making sure that I do something everyday that will get me moving for a minimum of 30 minutes. That is the beginning of my workout motivation. I don’t think that every workout has to be an Olympic qualifying event. Moving at a moderate pace for three 10 minute spurts throughout the day adds up. There are days when I don’t have time to get a full on workout in and multiple short workouts are the only choice. A 15 minute brisk lunch walk and 15 minutes on the elliptical in the evening a few days a week can make a difference in your overall health and fitness.
Another way to keep you mentally motivated for the long term, is having variety in your workout. For instance, I like to add weight training to help keep my muscle strength in check (and osteoporosis) . Weight training is part of my workouts 2-3 days a week, but absolutely 2 times minimum. On days that I weight train, my workouts may be longer. But on days when I don’t weight train, I have variety in my exercise. Training may consist of power walking, cardio dance, kickboxing, or training on an indoor bike trainer. And on those days, I typically workout anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes depending on my schedule.
My point is that you don’t have to feel like you need to exercise for hours everyday or belong to a gym to get fit. As long as you get moving consistently and constantly, your health will benefit! What motivates you to workout on a regular? Please share your tips, because every little bit of motivation counts!