Try These Gym and Exercise Motivation Tips

Gym Motivation

Where’s your motivation coming from?


If you’re finding that staying motivated with your exercise program is the hardest part of getting fit, you aren’t alone. Most people don’t have sky-high motivation levels. In fact, for many, it’s the opposite.

Each and every day is a fight to get themselves going to the gym and doing what it is they need to do.

So how can you overcome this? Why are a select few people naturally motivated to the point it seems like they never even think of skipping a session?

The reason that most people lack motivation is because they haven’t yet found what they enjoy.

Let me explain…

The Want-To Factor

When you look at those people who are naturally motivated to exercise and always seem to be fit, they all have one thing in common.  It’s that they are exercising because they, deep down inside, desire the feeling they get when they exercise.

They aren’t exercising because it’ll make them look good (at least for the most part), they aren’t exercising because they feel like they need to in order to make someone else happy, and they certainly aren’t exercising because they have a special event coming up.

They are exercising because they get sheer joy from doing so.

Now, you might be thinking – what if I don’t get sheer joy from exercise?

After all, most people don’t get this feeling when going to the gym.

The solution to this is to re-evaluate what you are doing for exercise. It’s time to recognise that exercise doesn’t have to take place in a gym. It can be anything that gets your body moving for a continual period of time.

Identifying Your ‘Sheer Joy’ Exercise Form

So how can you pinpoint this? How can you find what type of exercise will make motivation come naturally?

Exercise Motivation

Do you focus on the pain or the joy of exercise?

A good way to figure this out is to think back to when you were a child.  What did you do for fun? What were you always excited to do that you couldn’t wait until you could do it again?

If there is any form of activity that you looked forward to like this, chances are good that is the form of activity that you should be focusing on right now.

Try getting back involved in that team sport you miss or those long bike rides you used to take.  As you do, see if you don’t find that you are more motivated than ever before.

Understanding Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation

What this concept illustrates is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.  Intrinsic motivation is something that you are doing for you. It’s something bigger than looking good or impressing others.

It’s something that you strongly value with your whole soul.  For some people, this could be maintaining a level of fitness that lets them play with their grandkids into their older years.  That inner desire could be what motivates them to do any form of exercise they choose.

For others, it’s that sense of joy that we just talked about.

What you don’t want to be using as your sole source of motivation is extrinsic factors. This is the looking good factor, or the ‘I have a high school reunion factor’.  These factors are less likely to keep you motivated over the long haul.

While they may work well in the beginning when you first get started and motivation is naturally high, beyond that, they just aren’t going to keep you coming back for more.

So take a good look at your own reason for exercise. Is it an intrinsic motivation? Is the type of exercise you are doing really bringing you joy?

If the answer to these two questions is no, it’s time to make some changes. If you do, you’ll find that you become one of those naturally motivated individuals.