Getting Fit Without Losing Your Motivation
Often when people try to get fit, they will lose their motivation and stop exercising. If you want to avoid this, keep reading for ways to keep your motivation while you seek fitness.
You can only be motivated about something if you know what you’re working towards. Goals give you an idea of what you’re trying to accomplish and helps you form a plan to get there. For your fitness plans, set realistic goals that you know you can accomplish. Initially it’s wise to set simple goals, especially if you haven’t exercised for a while. As you begin to reach your goals, you can create more complex goals. The constant completion of goals will give you the drive you need to stay interested, motivated, and exercising.
Fun can be a major motivator in fitness. If you aren’t having fun while doing a particular fitness routine, you’ll easily become uninterested in it and quit. First, you should seek out athletic activities that appeal to you, and them mix them up. One day you can try swimming, another day you can try dance class. Whatever you find interesting, use it to replace the activities that you’ve become used to and find boring.
Don’t let the age old excuse of not having time for exercise prevent you from working your muscles. Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine as much as possible. If you think hard enough, there are many places where you can squeeze in a quick workout throughout the day. You can take a walk in your spare time, or use the stairs to get to your work office rather than the elevator. You might even be able to get some exercise done while you watch television if you have the right equipment. If you can make exercise fit seamlessly into your day, you’ll be less inclined to make excuses and less likely to become bored with fitness.
Everyone needs friends, especially when it comes to exercise. Your friends are some of the biggest motivators you have when it comes to exercising. When you exercise with your friends, you all work together to accomplish the goal of being fit. You and your friends will push each other to get one last pull up done or one last lunge so that you’ll both be in great shape. Not to mention, you and your friends will enjoy each others company so much that exercise will seem like less of a chore and more of a get together activity.
Everyone likes to be rewarded for doing something good, so why should you be any different? After you accomplish one of your fitness goals, give yourself some kind of reward. It can be an internal reward, such as a self compliment, or an external one, such as buying a new watch or new shoes. It can even be a food reward, just make sure that it doesn’t interfere with the fitness progress that you’ve made so far. You’ll gain an extra push when you know there’s a pot of gold waiting for you at the end of the rainbow.
You don’t have to let fitness get you down. You can exercise and still stay motivated enough to get the results you want with this article.