I caught myself from writing a long Instagram message to my friend listing down all the things that motivate me for sports. This might be something that helps you to find motivation too, so here you go. Enjoy!
My exercising habits: I’ve adopted a bit different perspective on sports in the past years. All these thoughts have helped me to get more out of exercising. A sporty day for me is a normal day and a day without sports is an exception.
I do sports every day by default. If I really don’t have time or I really don’t feel good about doing sports on a particular day, I don’t do it. Consequently, I do sports about 4-6 times/week and stay active every day. A great thing in exercising often is that you don’t need to stress anymore about whether to do sports or not to do. As I train a lot anyway, I know I will reach physical results sooner or later (some already).
1. Energy Management
Life is more fun when you feel energetic. If you pay attention to how you feel in your body, you can notice how food and exercising affect this. Sugary sweets generally make you tired after a while and a balanced diet gives you energy. Having enough breaks between your work or standing up regularly, helps you to maintain energy.
Doing sports more or less every day gives us energy. That’s why I like to do sports in the morning. – Well, I’m a night owl so my morning means before 12. No need to feel pressure if you don’t like to wake up at 5 AM (that’s overvalued, anyway). Find the rhythm that works for your body and for your schedules.
2. Better Sleep at Nights
One reason why I started doing more sports was that I struggled to get sleep at night. I figured that if I exercise enough, my body will be so tired that there is no way I can stay awake. We are designed to move. If we don’t use that energy during the day, it will hunt us when we want to rest.
3. Feel Happier
Exercising releases endorphins that cheer us up. Exercising a great tool for maintaining positivity in life. It also works as meditation when you get into it. It’s time for yourself!
4. Gain Confidence
According to studies, like this one, the people who do sports are more confident than the ones who don’t. This is connected to the endorphins as well as seeing improvement and overcoming obstacles. Every time you exercise, you prove that you are capable of such things. No pain, no gain.
5. Look better
If we stop being superficial, who doesn’t enjoy getting validation and positive attention by their looks from other people? Equally, we give ourselves more validation when we think we look good ourselves. I think this is a totally valid source of motivation, even if it shouldn’t be the only one. It’s good to utilize all of the sources of motivation.
6. Find the Full Potential of Your Body
Did you know that human beings used to hunt down animals by running? Watch this BBC documentary if you didn’t know it. We are designed for walking and running, not for sitting on chairs. When we start utilizing this body as it was designed for, we feel more alive and stay more healthy.
7. Find New Dimensions of Movement
This is partly connected to the previous point. Once I started beginner gymnastics a year ago, in a short time I learned: handstand, cartwheel, walkover, backbend, hip circle, pull up, and many other. And damn it feels good!
When you practice new things with an open mind, you find ways to move that you didn’t know you ever could do. This gives you freedom. You can do things that other’s can’t. Wait for a bus at a squat position (which btw is the natural rest position for human beings), tie your shoelaces without bending your knees and climb up a hill without buffing.
8. Become the Hero of Your Story
Adventurers need physical fitness. If you like exciting stories, as I do, you might find your motivation out of them. Sometimes when I lack motivation, I watch a movie with a cool female hero. It reminds me that I want to be as cool too! I want to kick bad guys in the ass and be admired.
When I was a kid, I played video games. I realized that instead of a game, I can play this game of life. In this game, I want to be a cool character. It’s more fun to play with such a character. That’s a big motivation for me to develop myself in every area of life.
Learn more about superpowers from this motivational post.
9. Feel Stronger and Have Less Fat Slowing You Down
A firm fit body feels better to live in than a soft and lazy body. My body type storages fat quite spreadly around my body. However, I always have big arms no matter what I do. I can only decide whether they are big because of fat or because of muscles. (Yes, indeed, some are ashamed of their belly jelly but I more worried over my arms!) Fat feels sweaty and is on the way. This might sound weird as I’m not really fat but it’s how I feel about it. Muscle stays still so I have more freedom of movement. That’s why I keep on training them and minding what I eat.
10. Become a Kick-Ass Super Grandma
We get stiffer and lose muscle by aging. If you keep using your muscles and training your mobility, you will be young longer. Once you are 80, you are able to tie your shoelaces yourself while your peers need help for it. You are still able to live a full life, not just rot next to a TV.
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