Disclaimer: always speak to your doctor before starting an exercise regimen especially if you have a medical condition. Below are general guidelines I often review with my clients. For personalized guidelines, speak to your healthcare provider*
It’s common knowledge that working out is good for us and that we “should” exercise. Many women want to (or at least they “want to” want to), but struggle to find the motivation to actually do it.
In my experience as a Registered Dietitian working with thousands of women, there are many common reasons that I hear for not wanting to work out:
If you can resonate with any of these, you are not alone!
The great news is that there are solutions that can help you get into a great fitness routine.
Keep reading for my top tips on finding the motivation to work out!
Knowing that we “should” exercise is often NOT enough for most women to actually do it.
We have to dig deep and ask ourselves:
For example, these benefits could be:
Once you are clear on your WHY and how exercise will significantly improve YOUR life, write it down.
In fact, keep a copy of these statements in as many places as you can think of such as:
You have to remind yourself of your WHY as much as you can! This is the only way you will follow through and actually feel the motivation to work out. There must be VALUE and PURPOSE to your actions.
Many women don’t like exercise itself, they like the feeling they get AFTER they work out. After exercise, many women feel:
It’s important to switch your mindset from “I don’t feel like it right now” to “I want to feel energized, refreshed, lean and light after”. Focus on the positive outcomes, rather than the negatives.
Try to think of it like this:
You may not like your job … but you like the money!
You may not like to brush your teeth … but you like minty fresh breath!
You may not like to clean your house…but you love the way it looks when you are done!
You may not like exercise…but you love the way it makes you feel!
Many women associate exercise with having to hit the gym, go for a run, or do an intense exercise class. But if these things aren’t your cup of tea, that’s okay!
In my opinion, the best way to start working out is to walk (if you are physically able).
It’s convenient, doesn’t require any skill or equipment, and you can do it almost anywhere, any time of day (as long as you have a good pair of shoes with you).
Also, most women can handle a walk even if they don’t have the best sleep and aren’t feeling super motivated.
You can also walk and multi-task: go for a walk with a friend, call a loved one, or listen to an awesome playlist, audiobook, or podcast. You can also take your work calls and meetings while walking if you are struggling to fit a walk in during the busy work day!
Many women believe that if they can’t exercise for an hour, then there’s no point.
There is always a point! Do what you CAN, when you CAN. Every single minute counts!
The first step to exercising is just establishing the habit.
Here’s an example of how you could get started:
After this, you can slowly increase the frequency, duration, and intensity of your workouts. Just think, after making 2% progress a week, this can equal 100% progress in a year!
How many times a week do you say “I’m so busy”?
Well, that’s probably not going to change any time soon.
This is why we have to work with our schedule instead of using it as a way out of exercise. We have to stay organized or we won’t be able to reach our goals.
Aside from scheduling workouts into your calendar, here are some other tips for making it easy:
The journey to finding the motivation to work out is a highly personal and ongoing one. It requires self-reflection, commitment, and the understanding that motivation may come and go.
However, by implementing some of the tips discussed in this blog, women can increase their chances of maintaining a consistent and sustainable fitness routine.
If I had to pick out one key thing to remember, it is to always know your WHY. Understanding yourself and your reasons for wanting to live a healthier life is always going to be the most important thing that keeps you going.
If you are struggling to maintain a consistent fitness routine or to find the motivation to work out, please contact me, Stefanie Senior, RD. I work with women to understand their personal health goals and to create an individualized, 360 degree approach to hitting them.
Book a discovery call with me today!