Any way you slice it, convincing yourself to dedicate X amount of time to exercise is flat out difficult.
You may find yourself centered around exercising for a short stint, only to find that you’ve fallen off this routine or maybe even worse, you find yourself without the same commitment levels you once had or just maybe it’s difficult taking the initiative on your first step into working out.
If any of these excuses are rolling through your mind, you’ll have to realize in the most likely of cases that it is YOU that’s acting as the barrier between exercising on a consistent basis versus not exercising at all.
The Area that Needs to be Qualified Before You Ever Think of Exercising
Have your excuses sounded similar to any of the following:
- “My lifestyle is too busy to commit and dedicate myself to working out.”
- “It’s too late to get back and start an exercise regimen.”
- “I’ve tried many things, only to fall short and not get the results I wanted.”
Exterior distractions like a busy lifestyle, self-doubt, and lack of confidence, are what I call “top level distractions” and it is detrimental in creating a lasting commitment to exercise and bettering your health.
But the honest truth about exercise that’s not advocated frequently is that no matter whether you’re a novice, power-lifter, practicing crossfit, or just weekend warrior, you’re bound to stumble, whether it be in the beginning phase or along the way.
As much as the body is transformative, powerful, and integrated, it is also a body that is fragile and sensitive to any tweaks and changes that occurs around it or to it.
So how do you counteract these threats and challenges so that they do not interfere with your fitness goals? This is a two-part answer.
The first is through establishing a clear mental path and shifting your primary focus with exercising as a vehicle to the betterment of your life.
And the second part to the answer is by leveraging your avenues of motivation through influencers. What I mean by this is acquiring advice from experts that have succeeded in the fitness field and garnering their advice as a means to motivate yourself.
The experts below have withstood, survived, and succeeded the test of perseverance and have gone on to establish themselves fitness influence-rs so check out each of the advice and apply it anecdotally into your life so that it helps motivate you to optimize your health and fitness
23 Highly Regarded Fitness Expert Give Their Advice on Getting Over the Exercising “Hump”
1. Leah Segedie of mamavation.com
I really need it for the mental clarity and good mood. And when I start to bark at my family, I realize very quickly I just need to “get my sweat on.” The other thing that really motivates me out of a hump are my blessings, but not in the way people think. I remind myself that I don’t HAVE to workout, I GET to workout. It’s a privilege. It’s something I should stop taking for granted. I have the ability to use my legs and I’m not bedridden or overwhelmed with pain and sickness. There are so many people who would love to have the ability to move their body as freely as I do. Those two things really help motivate me when I’m not in the mood.
2. Brooke Griffin of skinnymom.com
After I had my son, finding time to work out was such a difficult challenge to overcome. Making it to the gym was absolutely out of the question, so I worked out in my living room whenever I could find the time. I did total-body plyometric workouts using body weight, dumbbells, kettle-bells, resistance bands, medicine balls… basically anything I could get my hands on. As my son got older and I got used to motherhood, finding time to exercise became a little easier. It always helps to have a daily routine and a goal in mind.
3. Matt Frazier of nomeatathlete.com
One thing that really helped me get over a hump was starting a run streak. I decided one that—starting with the smallest of steps, a simple, slow 20-minute run—I’d see how many days I could do it in a row. In the end, I made it 75 straight days, and the best part was that once I had committed, I no longer had to wrestle with the incessant “Will I run today?” argument in my head.
4. Jennipher Walter of fitbottomedgirls.com
I follow the principle of all exercise is good exercise. This means that while I may set out to do a longer workout or one at the gym, if life gets in the way and I can’t make it, I just challenge myself to do something — anything really! Just five to 10 minutes of walking, yoga or even some basic body weight moves like push-ups and squats, which can really make a difference in keeping you consistent in being active and giving you that feel-good mood and confidence booster.
5. Ross Enamait of rosstraining.com
I have never been a big fan of motivation. I consider passion to be much more powerful. Once you are passionate about your training, the work tends to take care of itself. It is no longer something you dread, but instead something that you look forward to each day. I am passionate about achieving the goals that matter to me. Passion is the driving force. It is the spark that ignites the flame on the road to success. People don’t achieve greatness by following the easy path. Greatness typically sprouts from more difficult roads. With that in mind, don’t fear difficulties. Instead, welcome the challenge, knowing that you will come out better and stronger in the end.
6. Steve Kamb of nerdfitness.com
Instead of enduring a workout, it became an opportunity each week to show myself just how much stronger I had become, and I fell in love with the process.
7. Steven Aitchson of stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog
That may sound a bit strange. I am really busy with my business and I always made the excuse that I was too busy to go to the gym, so I resolved that I would make an extra mental effort to go when I was really busy. I found when I did this it was much easier to go to the gym when I wasn’t so busy, and going when I was really busy became a mental habit, as I always felt good after coming back from the gym, so that association of feeling good and going to the gym made it much easier.
8. Kristy Parrish of tabatatimes.com
The combination of being held socially accountable along with having someone be on a fitness journey alongside me — so we could celebrate together, analyze our results together, and whine together in equal parts as needed — was what I needed to form a good habit.
9. Erin Falconer of pickthebrain.com
It’s an opportunity to take very precious moments for yourself, a time to think and a time to practice great focus and discipline. Beyond this, there are obvious physical benefits, but the greatest to me is the energy and vigor it provides. In a world that so often runs us down, even a short, meaningful workout can be a daily game changer – both mentally and physically.
10. Anne Appleby of yogaforce.com
I hated it. I was a runner and thought yoga was boring. My teacher said at the end of that first class” Hey Annie, you are not breathing! You need to pay attention to taking deep breaths, and you need to do 5 more sessions in 2 weeks and then, if you do not like it, yoga is not for you.” I took her advise and yoga changed my life. I lost weight and felt great and I cashed out on my 401K and started YogaForce LLC. It is my passion and there is no going back. Yoga will rock your world! Try it. Three times a week for 2 weeks and see if yoga is for you.
11. Brittany Mullins of eatingbirdfood.com
The one thing that has really kept me motivated to exercise consistently over the years is finding fitness activities that I enjoy rather than pushing myself to do workouts that I dread. Sure a certain type of workout can be really effective, but if you hate every minute of it, how long are you really going to stick with it? The advice I give all my clients is to find physical activities that are enjoyable so that exercise becomes something you look forward to doing rather than a chore.
12. Roni Noone of roninoone.com
Two things help me get over an exercise hump: variety and challenges. For example, if I’m unmotivated to keep up my running I will either switch it up and try a new class, like spinning OR challenge myself to sign up for an event like a 5k or half marathon. When you vary your workouts and challenge yourself to try new things you rarely find yourself in a hump but if you do, take the initiative and nudge yourself ever so slightly out of your comfort zone.
13. Hope Nagy of motivatehopestrength.com
I view exercise as something I need to do daily like brushing my teeth or making my bed. But way more important. Having a father that had a heart attack at 43 and open heart surgery my motivation to exercise has always been to preserve and keep my body at it’s healthiest. While the outside can look fit it is what’s on the inside that means the most. And if the heart isn’t working neither are you no matter how thin or good you look.
I’m Training for LIFE.
14. Zach Even – Esh of zacheven-esh.com
ALL I need to do is think about my wife and kids and the strength required to carry them on my back. Being strong enough to take care of my family not just physically but through mental toughness, hard work and commitment is what I think about. In turn, thoughts of my family fire me up to train hard and develop strength that transcends the gym and goes beyond the pounds on the barbell.
15. Nutrition Twins of nutritiontwins.com
16. Dawn Fletcher of mentalitywod.com
I’m a huge fan of accountability/training partners. Either hire a coach, or grab a friend or family member and make a commitment to yourself and them. Once you write out your goals, you’ll want to share them with your crew and post them somewhere you all can see them.
Identify your accountability partner(s) and check in with them regularly.
Follow these quick guidelines
- Make sure you have an accountability partner who helps keep you on track with your workout goals and weekly priorities.
- Commit to checking in with that person at least once a week, to see where you are in relation to your goals.
- Ask them for their continued support (emails, texts, calls, meeting you at the box, helping you video your lifts, etc).
- Troubleshoot your hurdles with them.”
17. Larry Eder of runblogrun.com
Getting over the hump or plateau in training means shaking things up a bit. A hard easy approach makes the most sense. One of my favorites is hilly runs. It combines weight lifting, core work, speed work and endurance. Try a day with short 200m hill repeats, with good incline, on Tuesday and Thursday’s. Start with 2 and build up to six or eight. Walk 30 minutes,,jump rope and stretch on the others day.
18. Josh Vales of outlawfitnesshq.com
Therefore, by using 5 reps one week with a particular exercise, 12 reps (with lower weight) the next week, and 8 (with higher weight than the last) the next, we can prolong the amount of time we use a particular workout program and continue seeing plateau-free results. This methods follows the principles of Daily Undulating Periodization, and are definitely worth a try if you’re struggle to see forward progress with your body composition.
19. Juhea Kim of peacefuldumpling.com
I’ve been working out 5-6 days a week for years now without any sense of difficulty or deprivation. The most important thing that made a difference in maintaining a consistent fitness routine, is realizing that physical discomfort is *okay*. When you are first starting to workout, the idea of discomfort, heavy sweating, and even pain feels extremely negative. But the more you workout, the more you realize that
your body can tolerate and even enjoy that state of exertion. You begin to trust the process a lot more. —editor in chief of Peaceful Dumpling
20. Chad Jones of fitnessholidayasia.com
It is important to realize that if you expect change you will have to put in effort even when you don’t feel like it. This is very difficult for the beginner. Which is why having a partner or some form of accountability is essential. If a person sticks with exercising long enough it will eventually become enjoyable. I have my days when i don’t want to exercise. However, I know that if I slow down or even stop it gets harder and harder to get moving again. This is especially true if you keep track of your program and see the work volume go down because you were slack a few weeks. Newton’s law “a body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest” applies to exercise as well.
21. Josh Anderson of alwaysactiveathletics.com
As I got older, work and life started to pile up and my exercise routine suffered. You know the typical skipped workouts to work extra hours at the office or not hitting up the gym on Saturdays because of some obligation. It wasn’t until I started thinking of my fitness as a lifestyle did it really start to change. Once I sort of got over the mental block that I had to only workout at the gym did I really start to see my greatest results. Staying active and working out at home (no gym required) really helped my health blossom and helped me have the best of both worlds – health, happiness, and more time on my hands. Don’t get me wrong, I still love using the gym but nowadays if I can’t make it there I know I can get a quick workout in at home.
22. Terressa Dotson of achievingfit.com
The most motivating thing that has helped me get over my fitness challenges would be feeling the accomplishment when I push myself mentally and physically. The hardest part is the next day when you are tired and sore—but nothing beats that personal goal set and accomplished in a short period of time! Life is a checks and balances roller coaster of events and sometimes we can get beat down by the long haul of our goals.
23. Robert James of fitandwrite.com
No matter what your goal is, whether it is to lose weight, run faster or longer, jump higher, or lift heavier, everything else just falls into place once you know what you’re training for and why. If you’re experiencing a hump maybe it’s time you reassess your routines or ask the experts. Do whatever it takes to reach that goal even if it means taking a step back in order to move forward.
A steady mindset is the key to getting past your plateaus. Consistency, dedication, focus, they’re all necessary but they won’t be there unless you have an end in mind.
Build Anticipation with Inspiration
Exercising in general is not easy. But committing to a program and constantly plowing through is that much harder.
It all starts with motivation and as these 23 experts have demonstrated, they channeled and tapped something they allowed them to exceed.
Hold on to the inspiration from those who have achieved what you want to achieve and you find that those blueprints will guide you when times get tough in your new journey in exercising.
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” —Derek Jeter