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Anonymous asked: How do you motivate and make time for yourself to get in all that exercise? It's inspirational, I need some of that hustle
I have an addiction to the way that I feel after a good workout. Physically, the endorphin high is great, I have more energy for other things, and I really like when I can feel where I’ve worked out recently. Like that soreness that sets in usually the day after or even later on that same day? Yeah, I love that feeling.
Mentally, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I’ve done something for the betterment of myself and my life and who doesn’t want to feel like that? It’s a springboard for accomplishing other things. Like it puts me in the mindset that “Oh, I’ve worked out today, what else can I get done?” More times than not, I get more things done than I initially intended and/or expected.
Which plays into my next point. I’ve also found that it makes me more efficient with my time because, between school and work, I really have to plan to workout. And planning means I have to really consider everything I’m doing and whether it’s worth my time or if I’d be better off working out. Or if I’m up late, I’ll often think about how lack of sleep will affect my workout, especially if I’m up just to be up.
As for motivation, I’m all about goal setting. It never has to be anything huge, just little goals. Like recently, I set a goal for myself to run/jog/walk 100 miles before my birthday just a little over a month out. Initially, it was daunting. I hadn’t run regularly in a long time and the way it averaged out, it was about a 5k a day if I ran every day. I made it though, with two days to spare before my birthday.
Additionally, don’t be too hard on yourself, especially if you’re just starting out. It’s gonna take awhile to find things that work for you. If you’re like me, you get bored really easily so it’s a constant scavenger hunt for me to find workouts that excite and challenge me. But that’s part of the fun of it. Also keeping a workout journal to track my progress has been immensely helpful as a motivational tool. I just do mine on my planner’s month calendar pages so I can glance at it quickly.
Overall, I’ve just realized how much better my life is when I’m working out on the regular. Physically (duh), mentally, with my time management… there isn’t really a downside. So good luck to you, anon, I hope you found this at least somewhat helpful.