Are you having a hard time making regular exercise a habit? It’s scientifically proven that focusing on the benefits makes it easier to want to. Finding selfish reasons to workout increases exercise consistency.
Selfish reasons to workout
- Exercise improves cognitive function so you’ll feel more alert and focused. Might this help you in your career or in school?
- Exercise improves your confidence. Could you use more swagger?
- Exercise helps you to look better. If you love dressing up then you know you can pull off any look better when you’re at a healthy weight and have body positivity.
- Exercise increases your libido. Studies show that women who exercise regularly are more easily aroused, have more intense orgasms and greater flexibility and endurance (in bed).
- Your hot body will attract more partners. Your looks, specifically a toned body, will get you more attention from men (and women).
- Exercise teaches you life skills. Skills like goal setting and self-discipline that you build from working out can be leveraged in the pursuit of bigger life goals.
- Exercise helps you heal faster because it boosts your immune system, increases circulation, reduces inflammation and kicks stress’ butt. It’s also great for chronic health conditions such as asthma, constipation, thyroid, and digestive illnesses.
- Exercise will help you age better and live longer. Scientists studying what is termed “successful aging” have proven that people who exercise experience less debility as they age, have minimal chronic diseases and less cognitive decline.
- Exercise is a natural Prozac. Exercise releases feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain. In a study conducted by British economist George MacKerron with over 50,000 volunteers, they found that exercise makes people very happy. In fact, get this–only sex makes people happier.
- Exercise increases productivity. The number one excuse people give for not exercising is that they don’t have time, but getting in a good workout gives you energy, i.e. more time. In fact, it’s been estimated that exercising makes us at least 2x more productive.
There’s no point in me or anyone else selling you on the health benefits of exercise. As compelling a reason as that might be if you’re not terribly concerned about your health, that won’t move you. But if being hot or having rock-solid confidence are important to you, by all means, let a confident you with super toned physique be your motivation.
Apart from choosing your benefits, other factors increase exercise consistency:
Feelings point us to our true resistance and it’s easier to resolve a problem when you’ve accurately identified it. So, pay attention to how you’re feeling when you resist working out and you might realize you’re emotionally exhausted, not just physically tired.
The real problem
Let’s say you’ve narrowed down your real reason for resisting your workouts to exhaustion or not having enough time. Walk through all the things you do before to find what impacted how you’re feeling. Why are you tired? Are you prioritizing work and not leaving enough time to have a life? Do you have poor sleep hygiene? Are medications or a thyroid issue throwing you off your game?
Timing and other motivators
We know that people who exercise in the mornings are more likely to stick to it. That’s because motivation wanes as the day goes on. Other factors affect our motivation. For example, I find it virtually impossible to exercise without music or a partner but with either, I can go for hours. Convenience is also another source of motivation. The ability to multitask is motivating so is keeping your workouts fresh.
Keep reading Vurb Magazine to better understand your motivation and find ways to become a more productive version of yourself.