Sometimes we argue with ourselves about the simplest of things, like getting out of bed, yet those things are essential for us to proceed with our day with a sense of wellbeing. This trouble can extend into our motivation to be more active. Here are 5 powerful ways to motivate yourself to move more.
- Make a Vision Board
Making a vision board can be beneficial to motivation from a few angles. The visual reminder of what you are striving for can stimulate your mind to further thought about the images. This psychological effect can be very motivating for some. The repetition of the vision board should be strategic.
You want to see it at the times when you are approaching moments of empowerment— where are you when you are finishing up your intention-focused physical activity? This is where you remind yourself of what you’re working towards.
This focal point of the vision boards highlights motivation’s role in engaging in the goal, and in this case, is to move more.
- Meditate on Your Goals
Meditation is good regarding our focus. Meditation is the practice of mindfulness, but this does not mean a state of “emptiness”. Meditation works well for concentrating on our goals or focuses in life, primarily if we utilize audio input to the practice. Meditating with intent can be done in the form of manifestation monologue or encouraging and assuring affirmations. These can be out loud, as well as within our minds.
Focusing on moving more during meditation could put us subconsciously in a higher state of mobility. It could lessen the stress we are applying to our joints, thus increasing our comfortability during movement. The experiences that occur when this practice is utilized also improve our conscious approach to moving more. These two shifts working cohesively can create a natural sense of motivation.
- Empowerment Journaling
Empowerment journaling is a great motivation tool for increasing activity. It is useful both when doing the journaling but also when you are not feeling aligned with taking that moment to empower yourself, allowing the previous entries to work in your favor. If you already have a journal started, add in segregated sections to entries, or begin one from scratch.
Fill entries with:
- The things that inspire you
- Comments that have motivated you by others
- Favorite quotes
- The way you wish to or already do feel about yourself
- The highlights of recent activities
- Other things that correlate with the increase of movement in your life and how it impacts you.
- Celebrate your accomplishments
Celebrating your accomplishments can be as simple as taking yourself out to eat to as eventful as having some friends over and seriously celebrating. The movement and activity related accomplishments in anyways life deserve acknowledgment, but recognition is not the same as a celebration. A great way to start this practice is by setting weekly goals and then planning the reward if you accomplish them.
- Absorb Inspiring Material
What classifies as inspiring material? Well, whatever it is that keeps you moving past your step count goal. Consider listening to inspiring music or podcasts when you’re out walking, watch a documentary about fitness and health on your night off instead of the usual standup, or change your readings to an inspiring true story.
Consuming inspiring material is excellent for motivating yourself, especially if you are moved by what people can accomplish.
So, whether you’re in a funk and can’t figure out if it’s time to tackle that annoying yoga flow that you’ve been putting off or you’re genuinely struggling to change your lifestyle, motivation is one of the more personal ways to get yourself moving.