Let’s face it exercise is hard work. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can be motivated to want to exercise for the rest of your life and finally it’s easy and takes no effort.
The Problem With Exercise
The problem with exercise is that with the best intention in the world unless you have a will of steel after a while the motivation can drop. Suddenly there are a million things you have to do before you can get down that gym or do that jog. Then there are movies to watch, TV shows that are new and exciting, so much to do and so little time for exercising.
But underneath we know the real reason for suddenly finding other things to do before exercising, it’s because our motivation has dropped.
There are some good reasons that our motivation may have dropped, we may have over-exercised in an attempt to get quick results and our brains and body are telling us to back off before we cause some damage, and that’s a good thing, we don’t want to damage ourselves.
But mostly we lose motivation because exercise is just plain hard to do regularly 3-4 times a week, week in and week out.
So how can we get motivated?
We can get motivated from:
Friends who exercise
The above list is not exhaustive and many of the above methods do work, but they all have problems.
The motivation relies on some external method or thing. They may motivate you for a while but eventually you will again lose the motivation. You have to find a way to internalize the feelings of exercise motivation.
It has been found that to get a habit takes 30 days, so using the above ways to get motivated for 30 days may get you into habit mode, it depends entirely how you view those 30 days. Were they a great 30 days, really enjoyable or just something you slogged through just to get it done.
So gaining a good exercise habit is not just about the length of time you do it, it’s also about your internal dialogue (‘Do I like doing this?’) and the sense of achievement you get by exercising.
The Non-conscious Mind
You have 2 minds, a conscious mind and a non-conscious mind. The non-conscious mind can also be split into different areas as well, but for the sake of simplicity let’s just say broadly we have 2 minds.
To become motivated to want to exercise as often as it takes you need to access and change your non-conscious mind. I’ll explain.
The conscious mind contains your willpower and that can take you far in terms of motivation, at least for a while, it’s like the runner starting at the sound of the gun, we can give ourselves a great big boost, such as our New Years Resolutions, but it will wane and you will be come less motivated as time goes on unless you get that sense of motivation fixed firmly into your non-conscious mind.
The conscious mind can be likened to a rider on an elephant, the elephant is the non-conscious mind. While the rider is in control all is well, the elephant will go where the rider wants him/her to go to. But as soon as the elephant has an idea of what it wants to do (most of what we do is initiated in our non-conscious mind), then the rider is only along for the ride and can little but wait it out.
To become motivated to exercise long term will take a change of the non-conscious mind.
How to Change Your Non-conscious Mind
There are a few ways to change your non-conscious mind:
There are many more than this, but this is a good list.
Affirmations are the weakest way to change your non-conscious mind in the above list, you can affirm for hours per day and some of it will go in but not too much.
Hypnotherapy does work and it is very effective when used properly, but you need to travel to the hypnotist and it costs quite a bit of money long term.
Hypnosis audios do not work effectively long term, I have addressed that in past blog