By Brent Ashbaugh
We all know we need to get up and go exercise. We all know the many benefits of exercise. Yet, at one time or another, most of us have become experts at convincing ourselves that we do not need to exercise. Being able to justify not working out usually feels wrong, but we continue to do it until it becomes second nature. What most people need is something that gives purpose and direction to behaviour. In other words, most people need motivation. Here are 10 ways to motivate yourself to getting and staying on your fitness plan.
1. Goals, Goals, Goals
If your goal is to lose 50 pounds that’s fine, but also set smaller, easier, to attain weekly or daily goals. Reaching these daily or weekly goals will help you feel more successful and motivated to continue exercising. Don’t forget to set easy goals such as what type of exercise you will do on a certain day and how long you will exercise.
2. Keep Track of Your Progress
Be sure to write down your progress to help compare them to your goals. As you see yourself meeting your goals you will feel more motivated to continue your exercise regime. If you write down your progress you can see the results before you notice the changes in the mirror.
3. Commit Yourself
Most people get bored or tired of exercising at one time or another. That is why you must commit to your fitness plan. Too busy right now to start exercising? Have a big project coming up that will take all your time? Don’t start your fitness plan now. Wait until you have time to commit yourself to your goals.
4. Photograph Yourself
Take a picture of yourself before you start your exercise programme. This is a very effective and easy means to keep you motivated. If you don’t feel like going to work out or do some simple exercises at home, just pull out that picture. You might change your mind when you realize you don’t want to look like that again.
Reward yourself for exercising. Tell yourself that if you meet your exercise goals this week you will have a cheat meal this weekend. Eat whatever you want for one meal. Don’t worry; it won’t wreck all your hard work.
6. Get a Workout Partner
Having someone to push you and hold you accountable for your exercising is a great way to stay motivated. Statistics show that people who work out with a partner are more likely to stick with their programme and exercise consistently.
7. Post Your Results
Write down your goals and your progress in a blog or on Facebook. The public pressure of knowing people are keeping track of your fitness plan will motivate you to continue working hard to reach your goals. It’s easier to post successes than failures.
8. Reasons List
Write down every reason you have for getting in shape. If you really think about it, you can come up with a lot of good reasons that will help motivate you every day.
9. Don’t Make Workouts too Hard
Studies show that people remember the end of their workouts the most. This might make you less likely to work out again if you were exhausted at the end of your work out. So, if you feel like pushing yourself great. But you don’t have to make workouts very hard for them to be effective.
10. Vary Your Workouts
Don’t get stuck in a rut. Albert Einstein said that insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Do sprints on the treadmill and use dumbbells instead of the bicycle and barbell. This is also a great motivator as you won’t get bored if you switch up your routine often.