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How to Increase Workout Motivation

March 2, 2018 by

If you are an active exerciser, you know that having the mental strength to keep your motivation up can sometimes be a challenge. You may be in great physical shape, but if your mind becomes weak, your training will likely suffer.

Mental blocks are common and most people experience them at one point or another. They are often triggered by feelings of stress, pressure, anxiety, or the fear of new experiences.

However, mental blocks are different from low motivation. You may feel low motivation during a mental block, but that isn’t necessarily true. You may have the ability to fix a barrier to your motivation, but mental blocks really make your goals unable to achieve.

However, you can use some of the coping mechanisms that you use for increasing your motivation can also help you get over your mental blocks. Here are seven ways to help get your brain in gear and ready for a good workout.

1. Break your large goal into smaller, more achievable goals.

Having one massive goal ahead of you, like running a marathon, may seem overwhelming. Instead of focusing on this long-term goal, break it up into smaller sections of progress so you can celebrate a bit along the way. This will make your larger goal easier to tackle and it will likely come sooner than you expect.

This will help you increase your confidence, especially if you follow the SMART goal rule. To do this, make sure your goals are specific, measurable, adjustable, realistic, and time-limited. Following this goal method will help you recognize when your goals have been achieved and also help you track your progress.

2. Reconsider where you are training.

While joining a gym may be the obvious choice, it may not be the best choice for you, Think about if you would prefer to be in an environment where you are alone or you are outside. Or maybe you would do better in an environment where you have someone to motivate you, like a trainer.

If you find that your ideal environment isn’t the one you have found, consider changing it. You may need to do a few things before finding what works best for you.

3. Find your motivation.

If your training is not working, consider looking at the bigger picture. Think about your reasoning behind beginning to work out in the first place and if those reasons have changed.

By questioning what is motivating you, you may find that you aren’t really enjoying the activity, and are therefore having some difficulties. If you find that you become irritable or frustrated while you are doing the activity, or have negative thoughts, you may want to explore other options.

If you do realize that you aren’t happy with your workout regimen, make sure that you have an alternate plan in place to fall back on. Refocus on other things you may be able to do.

4. Envision yourself succeeding.

Pretend you have had a goal for a while and you have been unable to achieve it. Picture yourself getting past this block and how you would feel if you were able to succeed. Train your brain to know what it is like to get what you want.

5. Don’t be scared of failure.

It is ok if you are not always able to achieve your goals. If everything was easy, then success wouldn’t be as great as it is. If you can’t succeed on your first try, you will be able to learn from trial and error how to do things in the future to improve.

6. Practice mindfulness.

Practicing mindfulness and focusing on the current moment will help improve your focus. This can then help you overcome mental blocks. Teach yourself to live in the present moment rather than be anxious about the future.

7. Seek professional help.

Know when to look for help, which is likely when you have tried many times to succeed and have been unable to do so. Asking for support is nothing to be ashamed of and can help you come up with strategies to improve your work and confidence. In the end, this will benefit you through your new skills and new approaches to achieving your goals.

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