1. Set achievable goals to motivate you to play sports
When you return to sport after a long period of inactivity, the most complicated thing is
obviously to keep your motivation over the long term. We generally tend to aim too high,
too fast. And the harder it is to fall when these intended goals are not achieved. It is clearly
useless to want to run a marathon after 15 days of running practice, or to want to lift 100 kg
in a prone position 5 days after your registration at the gym. The key lies in progressiveness!
Start by setting a program adapted to your current level, so that you don't lose motivation.
By going little by little, you will keep the flame alive and will be able to try to get closer to
your target serenely.
2. Find and take the time to practice
How many hours a day do you spend in front of your smartphone or TV/computer screen?
All that time could be used for sports. So now is the time to gradually change your habits.
Make the most of your day: for starters, give yourself 30 minutes in the morning before
going to work or in the evening before eating to focus on the physical activity that attracts
you most. Walk or run around your block, do a sit-up, unwind with yoga or pilates… The
possibilities are endless!
3. Track your evolution to motivate you to do sport
On a daily basis, and after several weeks of practice, you will sometimes have the feeling
that you are not progressing and that you are making all these efforts for nothing. This is the
best way to demotivate yourself and stop along the way. But don't give up!
In order to keep all your motivation intact and get the work done, take a small logbook with
you: you will be able to write down, session after session, everything you have achieved. By
rereading the reports of the past days and weeks, you will quickly become aware of your
evolution. What could be more motivating than noticing that 3 months ago, you could only
run for 20 consecutive minutes when you are now able to run 10 km without stopping?
4. Define performance indicators
One of the most important things, when you want to keep your sporting will, is to quantify
your progress. Are you a fan of running? Try to improve your best time over 5 or 10 km.
Attracted by weight training? Beat your record on push-ups or pull-ups. Try to take a set
from an opponent who seemed unreachable just a few months ago. The closer you get to
your goal, the greater the satisfaction.
5. Play sports in a group to motivate you to play sports.
It's hard to have fun when you're training alone in your corner. But the solution is there:
motivate those around you to accompany you on your sporting journey! Working out
together will give you a boost, and it will be harder to cancel a session when you have
committed to join a friend or colleague. You can also practice a team sport that involves
a commitment on your part. There are many possibilities: football, basketball, handball,
volleyball. Being part of a team also means having teammates who count on you to be there for every
practice and every game, which means fewer opportunities to find good excuses not to