The Joy of Fitness


I like to exercise. In fact, I love it! But sometimes a workout just isn’t as fun as it should be. It’s hard to keep going when you feel unmotivated, or uninspired. Here are some ideas that have helped me stay motivated through the years:


Focus on the benefits of your workouts

Find your motivation. When you’re trying to keep your head up during a tough workout, it can be helpful to think about the benefits of that workout. Remind yourself of why you are pushing through and what you hope to achieve. If you’re having trouble remembering all the good things about fitness, try writing down a list of them beforehand so that when times get tough in the midst of exercise, there will be something nearby with which you can mentally grab onto for support.

You don’t have to believe it at first! It might feel like a waste of time or effort at first if this is something new or different from what you’re used to doing—so don’t worry about whether or not it’s working yet! Keep at it until the benefits begin showing themselves physically and mentally; most people find within weeks after beginning exercise routines (depending on how frequently they work out) that their bodies start feeling better than ever before!

Don’t let setbacks get in your way

If you’ve been working out for a while, there’s no doubt that you will have experienced some setbacks. A bad workout can be discouraging, as can a bad day or even a bad week. But don’t let these setbacks get to you! The most important thing is to not let them stop you from trying again. Keep pushing forward and keep pushing yourself—don’t give up!

Get out of your head and into your body

The best way to get out of your head and into your body is to focus on what you’re doing. Instead of letting your thoughts wander, try focusing on the moment. This can be as simple as noticing how you feel when you breathe in and breathe out, or more complex, like feeling the muscles in your arms working as you move from one pose to another.

It’s important to remember that this isn’t about perfection—it’s about making an effort to be present in whatever activity it is that’s bringing happiness into your life.

Be yourself. Be authentic

You can’t be anyone other than yourself. Being your authentic self is important because you have to be true to yourself, and there’s no one else in the world quite like you. You might have some of the same values as another person or they might share one or two of your interests, but these are just a few things that make up who you are; being your own person is more than just those things.

When it comes down to it, being authentic means being true to yourself. If there were no other people on Earth (and for all intents and purposes we will ignore any hypothetical aliens), would you still live in the same way? Would you still do what makes YOU happy? Would YOU still pursue YOUR goals? Would YOU still believe in what YOU believe? If not—then why should anyone else follow along with YOUR vision for THEIR lives? It may seem selfish at first glance (as most good things usually do) but ultimately it will benefit everyone involved!

Remember you are NOT alone. It’s normal to struggle with motivation

It’s normal to struggle with motivation. You’re not alone in this struggle, and there are many ways you can find motivation. A few of the most efficient methods include:

  • Finding inspiration from friends and family who support you, especially if they’ve been through similar situations or journeys as you have
  • Working on goals that excite and challenge you enough that they motivate you when things get tough (e.g., “I want to run a marathon by next year”)

Do it for yourself every day

It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. No matter how long it takes or how hard it gets, you are worth the effort. You can do this! Whether you’re starting a new fitness routine for the first time or trying to get back on track after an unfortunate setback, make sure that your motivation comes from within and not from outside forces. The only person who knows what is best for your body is YOU!


So, there we have it! All the things that you can do to keep yourself motivated and focused on your fitness goals. As I said earlier, no one is perfect, so if you slip up or feel like giving up at some point in time, just remember these tips and try again tomorrow. And always remember to trust yourself—no one knows your body better than you do.

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