Step 1: Motivation

‘Exercise.’ This word used to haunt me every day.

I would avoid it at all costs and hated it with a passion.

You might be wondering why I disliked it so much. Well, growing up, I was barely involved in any sport or activity that involved speeding up my heart rate.

And since I was not used to a daily exercise, I found myself having a hard time in gym class or P.E. all throughout elementary until my last year of high school.

According to PCOS Diet Support, which provides the article PCOS and Exercise: How much and How Often? “One of the main ways that exercise seems to help PCOS is the way in which it helps to manage glucose and insulin. Exercise causes glucose to be taken from the blood and moved into the muscles, lowering the need for insulin at that time and improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin.”

Although I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) in 2014, I never really considered any sort of exercise. I knew that to help my symptoms, I had to be active, but that didn’t sound pleasant for me. And I chose to avoid excessive at all costs.

It wasn’t until senior year of high school, in 2015,  I was finally willing to put away my pride and slothfulness. So, I decided to join my school’s volleyball team.

Because of that one decision, my view on exercise changed completely. I discovered that while exercising, it could be enjoyable and fun.

After volleyball season was over, I was willing to give exercise a chance in my daily life. However, it got more and more difficult to achieve without a coach or teammate cheering me on.

In order for me to regularly start working out, I was lacking one important factor.

The motivation.

So, I listed some tips to get me started and to be able to transition into the right mindset.

  1. Set small goals during the day

For me, making a list of all the tasks I must complete for the day helps me organize and manage my day easier. Writing it down in my to-do list or planner allows me to know that I have to do it, or else my day will not end how I desired it to. Setting small goals such as, “use the stairs, not the elevator”, “take the long way, not the shortcut”, “walk or ride a bike, don’t drive” can motivate me by making it a part of my day.

  1. Find ways to sneak in some exercise in your everyday tasks

Sometimes exercise doesn’t have to be necessarily in the gym or with a yoga mat. You can try other forms of exercise that you may be doing every day and you wouldn’t even know you’re already doing it. For example, speed walking to classes, carrying your groceries, washing your car by hand, and even e-mailing, texting, or calling less and meeting the person one-on-one. It might not seem like a lot of activity, but all of these small tasks can add up to big gains when they’re done frequently. After noticing how easy this can be, I am able to be more motivated when it comes to actually working out.

  1. Celebrate the small victories

Whenever I have achieved or accomplished something even if it is as simple as finishing an assignment, I treat myself with a snack or an uplifting comment. This has been a crucial way to keep me motivated. It helps me look forward to the reward that I will give myself after I have achieved the task.

According to Shawn Ellis, a motivational speaker and program consultant that has facilitated hundreds of events with leading speakers such as Marcus Buckingham, Dr. Wayne Dyer and many more, has a blog that provides us with 3 Reasons To Celebrate the Little Victories “When you give your attention to — and celebrate — the little victories, though, you’re essentially reminding yourself that “I am successful… I’m on the right path…” That lifts your spirits and gives you the boost you need to keep going.”

When it comes to motivation, it can be difficult but it is achievable when you try other ways and get creative. Motivation is crucial because it is what keeps you going for more and better results along your healthy journey.

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