How to exercise around motivation

October 18, 2022

Range of Motion Personal Coach, Jen Hunter, talks about the big problem with motivation.

Sometimes it is hard to get motivated to exercise; life is challenging, and training can feel like the last thing we want to do.

So why does it sometimes feel so hard?

What can we do to overcome these times?

The first obstacle most people encounter is actually getting to training.

After a long day at work, our brains are exhausted, and exercise somehow feels less important than it did at the start of the day. So how can we make it easier for ourselves?

Building consistent habits is one of the most important things we can do. Building habits at times when mental strength is optimal will help improve the chances of maintaining exercise habits when motivation wavers.

If possible, training should be scheduled for a time of day that can be maintained on days when energy levels are low and motivation is absent. Studies have shown that the body also knows the time of day of regular exercise and starts to prepare for exercise shortly before the anticipated training: So, if possible, training at the same time every day can be helpful. 

Sometimes when motivation is lacking showing up is half the battle. Studies have shown that mentally fatigue decreases performance; however, it is important to remember that doing something is better than doing nothing.

Showing up and exercising will also improve mental health, which will ultimately improve health outcomes. 


Jen Hunter
Personal Coach
Certificate III & IV Fitness

Dan Williams

Dan Williams


Dan Williams is the Director of Range of Motion and leads a team of Exercise Physiologists, Sports Scientists, Physiotherapists and Coaches. He has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) and a Postgraduate Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science from The University of Western Australia, with minors in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology.

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