• Eryn

How to keep motivated to exercise?

As we approach our week 3 of the Stronger Together Challenge, I understand that it is hard to keep the same enthusiasm as at the beginning. So, the question is: how do you keep motivated, not just to finish this challenge but to keep yourself going even when we are done. Continue reading as I will give you some tips!

Let me start by telling you something you might not be expecting. You DON’T need motivation to keep your workouts. No. What you need is: Discipline!

Motivation comes from the latin word motivus or motus which literally means “cause of movement”. This is what inspires us to move. However, motivation is dynamic. It changes over time. It can increase or decrease. On the other hand, we have discipline, which is the capacity to act persistently to achieve something. Key word: Persistently. Discipline is rational where as motivation is emotional. So, when we have discipline, it is our brain telling us what we NEED to do in order to attain our goals.

Now, how do you develop said discipline?

1) Be aware of your weaknesses. Know yourself enough to understand what your weak points are so you can work on that.

2) Eliminate temptations. As the saying goes: “Out of sigh, out of mind”. Getting rid of temptations will make it easier for you to follow the path you had already planned.