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Motivating the Mind to Move Your Body

When someone mentions working out, is your response "let's go!" Or "maybe some other time"? Do you look forward to an exercise session with eagerness or dread? If you're not making time for regular physical activity, you may have to change your mindset towards exercise.

Here are some suggestions to help you get motivated -

1. Compile a dope playlist. My idea of dope music will be different to yours but download music that gets you moving, whether it’s hip-hop, soca or heavy metal. When I'm on the treadmill, I like fast tempo that makes me feel like dancing. When I lift, I'll throw on some beats with heavy bass that help me to dig deep and focus.

2. Get workout wear that makes you feel and look good. Choose an outfit that shows off the body part you're training so you get that instant feedback. If you’re not comfortable with doing that then wear colors that stimulate you. My workout clothes are either pink or purple because those colors invigorate me (and they’re cute!)

3. Change up your routine. If your body gets accustomed to the same workout, your muscle growth or endurance will stagnate. You will also become bored doing the same exercises repeatedly. Try a new fitness class, explore a new weight machine or switch up the order of your cardio/strength training – but mix it up. Your body will respond to the change.

4. Think about how good you’ll feel after you exercise – Nothing beats that sense of accomplishment that you're doing something positive for your body. A good workout boosts your endorphins and gives you a natural high.

5. Put it in your schedule. When you commit to working out by placing it in your calendar, it holds you accountable. And if you can’t make it to the gym, then exercise at home by doing push-ups, jumping jacks, planks and squats. After a while, it will become a habit that you won't want to miss.

So, no more excuses! Get motivated to get moving!

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