You know that your pursuit of fitness is good for you. Exercising and eating healthy is good for you. Why, oh why, then is it so hard to stick to a routine?
In order to stick to a routine, finding your fitness motivation is crucial! If you want to power through, you will need more than just knowing how good it is for you to give you the boost that you need.
Here are a few tips that will help you find your motivation.
- Make sure your goals are manageable
IF you are new to exercise, this is especially true. Don’t make your goals too big so that you become overwhelmed. Be sure to set reasonable and achievable goals that you can stick to. If you fail to meet your goals, you will have a really hard time becoming motivated again.
- Keep Track of Your Progress
It’s a good idea to keep track of your progress online or in a journal. Note down your workouts, times and stats. Additionally, take pictures of yourself so that you can also have a visual reminder of your progress.
- Don’t Succumb to Guilt
Let’s be honest. There will be days when you miss your workout or you don’t perform as well as expected. You need to accept these small failures and side steps and not let them derail you. Don’t allow these missteps to be your excuse for giving up.
- Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
There will always be someone stronger, fitter, faster and more flexible than you. It’s useless to compare yourself to them. In fact, it’s a distraction. Focus on yourself and how you are better than the day and the week before. It’s all about you!
- Make it Fun
If you can’t find the motivation, maybe you’re doing the wrong workout. It might be boring to you. Pick activities that you enjoy and that will become something you actually look forward to doing. And remember, you can step out of the gym for your fitness activities. Running on the beach, swimming in the pool, hacking, playing tennis are all fun ways to work on your fitness.
- It’s ok to Break Up Your Workout
Can’t manage one long work out due to time constraints or boredom? Talk yourself into several mini-sessions! That’s ok too!
- Make Sure It’s Convenient
Sometimes you may skip a workout because you don’t have 20 minutes to drive to the gym. Maybe You have kids and can’t leave them at home. If that’s the case, find yourself a workout video or an online session to do from your own home! If you’re too tired in the morning, then be sure to work out in the evenings or vice versa. Use your lunch break. Whatever you do, find the right time that works for you!
- Reward Yourself
Make the benefits of working out actually tangible. Treat yourself to a fun activity or small treat. Extrinsic rewards train you into finding a behavior positive and worthwhile. This will get a habit loop started!
- Make a Commitment and Sign a Contract
It is super easy to quit on ourselves. But when we commit to others, we tend to follow through more often. Make a pledge in front of your friends and family or better yet, make a pledge with them! Make a commitment to do something specific for a specific period of time and put it in writing. Make sure there is a penalty, such as paying or donating money or having to do an activity that would be embarrassing to you. It will help keep you on track!
- Be Positive
It will help to think positively about the benefits of a workout. Visualize the positive ways in which you will feel while completing it and the vigor, energy and proud feelings you will have once the activity is completed.
Think about what you wish to happen and visualize the outcome. Then, think about what is holding you back from it and visualize a way to solve that problem. This will help you act upon on your positive vision.
- Surround yourself with Fit Friends
It may seem like money would be the best motivator for getting fit. But studies have shown that gift cards and such extrinsic rewards aren’t the best motivators. In fact, the best motivation are friends and family members who are supportive and wanting to accomplish similar goals. That’s why joining a running club, making friends at the gym, getting into a yogi circle or signing up for CrossFit or other such fitness classes are the best motivators. Feeling the comradery, having people give you high fives or even calling you when you don’t show up are motivators that money just can’t buy.
If you are wanting to make a commitment to improve upon your fitness, keep these tips in mind. They are a way to motivate yourself to get started and they are also a way to keep you on the right path to a healthier and fitter you.