Fitness motivation tips:
We all know that exercise is good for us, and that we should include regular exercise in our life. So why don’t we? Well, keep reading to find out how you can make exercise a regular activity, and finally achieve that body you have been dreaming of.
No one can actually make you exercise. You can read all the fitness magazines or bodybuilding motivational quotes in the world, but unless you want to make that effort, nothing is going to change. You know that don’t you!
I can harass you on the phone, send you dozens of messages on social media and even turn up at your door to take you to the gym, but if you don’t want to exercise and get fit, you won’t. It really is as simple as that. So something has to change so that you adopt a new attitude to exercise in general, and accept the overall health benefits it has for you.
If your thinking about exercise becomes more positive, then it is far simpler to set up processes and accountability to encourage regular exercise each week, so you can finally achieve that weight loss or improved fitness you have been seeking. You will want to enjoy a better level of health and fitness. You will want to eat well and keep fit. And you will know how to get motivated to go to the gym.
We asked in the above quote: ‘What changes will you make this week to achieve what you really want in life?‘ And the reason for asking is that it really helps to see the outcome in your head before making a commitment to achieve it. That way you are chasing something more solid than just a dream. You can get a clear picture of how you want to look, what new clothes you will be able to wear after you lose weight, or how you will be able to keep up with your friends as they go out and party all night.
So ask that question of yourself this week, and then spend some time seeing the difference between the current you, and the future you. Once you can do that, then set in place all the necessary processes you need to achieve it.
These might include:
- reduce the problem into bite-sized chunks you can achieve more easily. Instead of struggling to lose 50 pounds, set a goal of losing half a pound a week. And rather than try to walk 10,000 steps a day, start by just walking up the stairs at work.
- find appropriate rewards to encourage you. Treat yourself to a healthy and delicious smoothie after a workout, or go to the movies after losing 5 pounds. Whatever motivates you to get out there and sweat is an incentive to keep at it.
- understand if there was a ‘why’ that stopped you previously? It may well be a genuine injury that stopped you working out last time. You can’t beat yourself up over the past and whether it was injury, work commitments or some other valid reason for stopping, you can offload that guilt now before restarting this time.
- avoid ridiculous gym routines at the beginning. The old ‘no pain, no gain’ statement needs to be thrown away when you are getting back into any new weight loss or fitness routine. It would be far better to see your medical professional to get some clear guidance and advice about what you can and should do as you safely resume your program. There is no value in injuring yourself before you even get started. Strength or resistance training for example are both great, but can cause injury for the ill-prepared.
- seek advice at your gym for the right program for you. Do you need time on the treadmill to lose weight? Would a good cardio program be better? What about a circuit that will moves you across a number of machines? Any good gym should have qualified and experienced personal trainers who can advise you appropriately.
- work out a good plan and stick to it. If you only plan to exercise three times a week, guess what? You will probably only achieve one day a week if you are lucky. Other commitments will crowd in and take away your time, whether that be work, family, and some other emergency. If however, you plan five days a week, then you might be more certain of getting in your three days. Work out a plan and try to make it a priority. Tell your family and friends and gain their support along the way.
- change your routine around. You can walk 20,000 steps a day every day to lose weight – until it bores you to death and you give up. Incorporate other exercise into your week so as to keep the momentum going.
- clean out your house. If you are trying to lose weight or increase your fitness, there is no value in having a cupboard full of candy or cake. Clean out the junk and make a clean start with healthier food options that will assist you in achieving your goal.
- keep a journal. When you are feeling a bit flat and the motivation is starting to fall off, there is nothing quite like reading your journal to see how great you felt last week after smashing your goals. Check back over the times you were concerned about achieving some milestone and how awesome it was to reach it and keep going towards your next one. A good journal can be a great motivator.
- understand the time factor. We all know people who complain they just don’t have the time to exercise. In fact we all have the same amount of time; it just requires us to use that time well. Instead of going outside for a cigarette ten times a day, you could have been doing push ups or running up some stairs. Rather than chat around the water cooler over lunch you could be walking the block. Think about the time you have and use it well.
Ten simple fitness motivation tips that could encourage you to exercise regularly and supercharge your effort to lose weight, get fit, and achieve that dream body you’ve always wanted. If you found this post helpful, let us know below and tell us if we can provide any further relevant posts on this issue.
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