Finding the motivation to exercise is not as easy as some people would like to think.

Sometimes, just thinking about working out will be enough to put you off for days or weeks. Here I have written a few things I do to motivate myself to exercise and continue progressing towards my goals.

Firstly, get a Pinterest account.

Pin What? Pin Everything!

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favourite recipes.

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests. – Pinterest

So how exactly does this tool motivate you to exercise?

There are thousands upon thousands of images full of pure inspiration to help you lead a better life.

Most of these pictures have inspiring quotes on them that really enables you think about your current actions, and whether those actions will lead you towards your desired result.

Pinterest is the only social networking site that makes me feel like I’m doing something productive with my time.

It’s an excellent tool for finding hidden messages to improve your self-esteem and mood throughout the day.

Almost every single day, I log-in to Pinterest and pin some inspirational messages to help me make today a worthy day for simply being alive.

De-clutter Your Life

Cluttered lives lead to distraction and semi-permanent inaction.

There is a reason why excuses such as, “I can’t be bothered, I will do it tomorrow.” are prevalent in people who struggle to achieve their goals.

In other words, a cluttered lifestyle leads people into thinking that tomorrow will always come.

Yes it is true, tomorrow will “always” come.

But the question you should be asking is whether tomorrow will come for you.

Don’t treat life like a common commodity.

So how does one de-clutter their life exactly?

Start by eliminating the people, places or things which don’t help you or contribute towards your current goal or vision.

Ask yourself, would my best self skip out on exercise today? If exercising today was guaranteed to keep me alive tomorrow – would I do it?

Expose Yourself To More Positive Material

This is pretty much necessary for finding the motivation and inspiration to achieving anything you want in your life.

We read an average of 200 newspapers worth of information daily.

What percentage of that do you believe is wholly positive? I can almost be certain it’s less than 5%.

Fill your music libraries with powerful, emotive music.

Your proprietary devices with enriching videos.

And your bookmarks with galvanizing content, filled with positivity for the pure purpose of bringing out the best in you.

Get yourself fully into the state of flow, and truly immerse yourself in the feeling that having the ‘will to live’ brings.

Mental Imagination = Physical Manifestation

Every single day’s actions contributes towards your physical and mental make-up.

Every invention, innovation and discipline was constructed originally in the mind.

This thing we call an ‘idea’ – the mind works diligently to manifest it into physical form.

This alone convinced me, that the mind is indeed more powerful than the body.

It is the true driving force behind positive or negative change, as it is the control centre behind every concious action and inaction.

Begin to understand that each missed workout pulls you further and further away from your goal.

This isn’t to say that if you miss a workout, then all your progress is brought to nil – not at all! It’s just about understanding the effects that continuous inaction has on your goals and dreams.

Reward Yourself

This is what makes delayed gratification extremely gratifying in of itself.

Activities which provide you with pleasure, once put off for more productive activities, gives even greater pleasure and fulfilment.

Why? Because the feeling of ‘worry’ has successfully waned, it is no longer existent.

This worry, stems from the feeling of not doing an important task before partaking in a more pleasurable activities.

So get out there, and exercise to and for your heart’s content.

Don’t treat life like a battle, that’ll only lead to misery.

Treat life in the way you expect life to treat you – and you will be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams.