It can be a really fine line that divides motivational success or failure when it comes to exercise. Having the initial desire to get into shape is one thing, but keeping it going can be quite another.
It takes serious motivation to lace up our sneakers and hit the pavement or book that class!
9 MOTIVATIONAL FITNESS TIPS
- Set goals for your fitness training and be specific. The more specific you are in terms of your goals, the easier it will be to fulfill them. Make sure you are completely realistic with your goals but at the same time make them hard enough to be a good challenge. Remember an unrealistic goal will kill motivation but conversely, a goal that is too easily achieved can also lead to boredom.
- Keep track of your progress. Keeping a training schedule, logbook or diary or blog of your gym visits, running times, swimming pool visits etc, will keep you focused on the task in hand and allow you to accurately monitor your progress. It’s a great way of reminding yourself how far you’ve come when times get tough or inspiring yourself to go even further. Place it where you can see it daily.
- Establish a why. Anything worth having life will require some work and some sacrifice. Therefore, the work has to be worth it. Think of all the ways your life will improve and remind yourself of everything you want for yourself. There is no reason too profound and no reason too superficial as long as it matters to you.
- Recruit support. Join a running group, yoga class, or fitness community of some sort that is supportive and helps you stay motivated. You’re not in this alone. Invite friends or co-workers to join you when you exercise. Work out with your partner or other loved ones.
- Keep fitness fun. Don’t rely on exercises you hate because that will only make you hate working out. Choose activities and resistance equipment that feel good to you—riding a bike, Pilates, yoga, hand weights, the elliptical machine. Working out should never be easy, but it needs to be an enjoyable challenge.
- Don’t let one mistake ruin your progress. You’re not going to be perfect all the time. You’ll miss a workout at some point or eat something that isn’t the healthiest. Just get back on the wagon. It’s that simple. You get a flat tire, you fix it and move on. You don’t jump out of the car, flog yourself, and then slash your other three tires.
- Keep activity in your daily routines. You can also slip in physical activity throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk up and down sidelines while watching the kids play sports. Take a walk during a break at work. Pedal a stationary bike or do strength training exercises while you watch TV at night.
- Be flexible and realistic. If you’re too busy to work out or simply don’t feel up to it, take a day or two off. Be gentle with yourself if you need a break. The important thing is to get back on track as soon as you can.
- Give yourself rewards! After each exercise session, take a few minutes to savor the good feelings that exercise gives you. This type of internal reward can help you make a long-term commitment to regular exercise. External rewards can help too. When you reach a longer range goal, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes, new workout clothes or new tunes to enjoy while you exercise.
The Fitness Motivation Takeaway
It can be a really fine line that divides motivational success or failure when it comes to exercise. There are a million reasons why we experience frequent fitness fails and a million more excuses we tell ourselves for not working out altogether. Remember, physical activity is for life. Review these tips whenever you feel your motivation slipping!
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