I read an interview with Terry Crews and he gave some of the best advice I’ve heard regarding fitness.
“Go to the gym, even if you read a magazine, then go home. Whatever your workout plan, make sure it simply fits your life. Not everyone is built to train like a pro athlete. You just need to fully commit.”
When I first read it, I was confused. I thought “No way that’s going to help or make a difference”. But, when you think about it, you’re forming a habit of going to the gym. You’re making yourself go to the gym, even if you don’t want to to or workout, that eventually it will just be so ingrained to go that you’ll go without giving it a second thought. I agree when he says making the habit of going to the gym is more important than what you do at the gym.
Make sure you choose an exercise you LIKE doing. If you don’t like lifting weights, you won’t stick with it. If you don’t like fitness classes, you won’t stick with it. If you don’t like team sports, you won’t stick with it. If you find something active that you genuinely enjoy doing, it won’t seem like work. I love playing soccer and I love cycling. It doesn’t feel like exercise to me because I enjoy it so much. I balance my workouts with yoga, which I enjoy, and BBG or weight lifting because that’s what I like doing. I don’t go to exercise classes because I don’t enjoy them. I don’t run because I don’t enjoy it. Exercise will no longer be a chore or something to check off your to-do list.
15 Minute Rule
Another helpful piece of advice I came across (can’t remember the source) is similar to Terry’s advice above.
“Whatever you planned on doing, whether it was going for a run, doing yoga or lifting weights, do it for at 15 minutes.”
If you planned on going for a 35 minute run but feel so unmotivated and want to lay around in bed all day, go for a 15 minute run. If, after the end of those 15 minutes you’re done, then be done. That’s fine! But, chances are that before the 15 minutes are up you’ll be empowered to go for the full 35 minute run.
Exercising shouldn’t be a chore. Exercise should enhance your life.
Do you have any tips for being motivated? What to you do when you’re unmotivated?