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How can I increase exercise motivation?

I have been working out for the past month. In the first two weeks, I was very motivated and looked forward to my exercise sessions. However, in the last two weeks I have experienced a sharp decrease in exercise motivation. I push myself too much to start exercising.

Therefore, I am seeking advice on how I can get more motivation. I would particularly appreciate strategies that have been tried out.

Finally, please provide information on how measuring motivation can be done. This will be useful as I try to gauge my exercising motivation.

Rodney Fox

in Self Improvement

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Kevin Sutter on March 12, 2018

I am so familiar with your predicament. This is because I have come in contact with people going through the same in my line of work. I have been in the fitness business for a decade; offering personal training and gym instructing services.  

Some of the surest ways of boosting exercising motivation that have worked for my trainees are:

  1. Getting a qualified personal trainer

I am not saying this because it is my profession. I recommend this because a personal trainer is one of the people who would want to see you succeed in your exercising pursuit. A qualified trainer will always motivate and encourage you. They will ensure that you look forward to your exercising sessions. They will also go an extra mile to motivate you for exercise since they are getting paid at the end of it.

  1. Acquiring good exercising gear

Good clothing makes us feel good about ourselves. Nice exercising clothes are comfortable and will make you look forward to your exercise sessions. The idea of looking good while working out will motivate you to get on with it. On a lighter note, workout clothes make us look sexy. This will motivate you more for exercise as you will get a chance to flaunt your sexy side.

  1. Come up with an exercising contest

Together with your friends, create an exercising contest. This is essential in turning a solo pursuit into a collaborative one. The competitiveness that comes with these contests will push you to do more. You will always be motivated to exercise as you aim to better your competitors.

When it comes to exercising, the following factors can help you measure motivation:

Speed: The speed with which you undertake your exercise provide a measure of your motivation. The faster you are the more motivated you are likely to be. A slow exercising speed is an indicator of no or little motivation.

Performance: How you perform during an exercising session can tell you about your motivation levels. An improvement from previous exercising results indicates improved motivation. Failure to match up previous records is an indicator of decreased motivation for exercise.

Choice of an exercise: An individual’s motivation can be measured by examining their choice of exercise. Highly motivated people tend to choose strenuous and new exercises. Those with low motivation are inclined to keep doing the same exercises or even go for easier exercises.

Leigh Manna year ago

Maintaining high exercising motivation is laborious. One is bound to lose motivation after a while. Especially when you get to the phase where there is no physical change despite regular exercising.

I concur with the ideas presented in the answer. I would just like to add a few more propositions on how to increase your motivation for exercise:

Store your exercise gear in sight: You must be familiar with the saying “out of sight out of mind.” Therefore, try to store your workout gear in a place where you can see them all the time. This will keep you motivated for exercise by preparing you psychologically. A good mental state is vital for exercising.

Workout from work: Carry your exercise gear to work and exercise on your way home. Do this instead of taking a bus or train. Suitable for those with no time to work out in the morning.


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