Whether you’re slimming down for a big event or just try to get healthier, it can be really hard to find the motivation to work out. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can psychologically trick yourself into putting in your exercise for the day. Here are a few:
- Understand how self-control works
Psychologists have described self-control as a sort of gas tank. The more we have to exert during the day, the more likely it is that we will give in to temptation later on. If you want to motivate yourself to exercise, give into temptation somewhere else in your life. Go ahead and indulge in a guilty pleasure that isn’t related to diet or exercise, such as buying those new shoes you’ve been eyeing, going to a movie or getting a manicure. It will make exercising that much easier later on in the day.
- Psychological Rewards
Psychologists have shown again and again that positive reinforcement works well to cultivate desired behaviors. So, what should your reward be? Maybe it can be allowing yourself a small, edible treat—not anything that will break your diet, but maybe letting yourself put creamer in your coffee or a cookie with lunch. Or, it can be allowing yourself another activity you enjoy but that you don’t normally do on a regular basis.
- Psychological Punishments
Conversely, negative reinforcement can work as well. There are some apps that will actually charge you money every time you miss the gym. If that’s not feasible, then another thing you can do is cut out something in your life that isn’t tied directly to your diet and exercise routine—such as Facebook time or texting—and not allow yourself access until you do get in your exercise.
- Find an exercise that you enjoy
Or at least find a way to make the exercise more enjoyable. Watch your favorite TV show or movie while walking on the treadmill, doing squats or pedaling the stationary bike. Listening to your favorite tunes as you jog also works. Find the environment that makes you enjoy the workout—such as a nice trail or a gym where you feel comfortable (this last one is really important—even if it means paying more money each month!). Also, getting a friend to accompany you on your workout can go a long way to making it more desirable.
Whatever brain hack you choose, we can be there to help you reach your fitness goals. We carry home exercise equipment in our online catalog. We also carry a number of other medical items that can help with weight-related illnesses, including CPAP supplies to treat sleep apnea and diabetic supplies.