There’s no doubt that one of the biggest components of a weight-loss or maintenance program is exercise. Regular exercise has countless benefits; from helping you look your best, to keeping your metabolism up, keeping your blood pressure down, and keeping your bones and muscles strong.
Unfortunately, many of us have a hard time staying motivated to exercise. It seems that exercise always takes a back seat to other issues in our lives, such as work, family, appointments, illness, or just laziness. But if you make the decision to make exercise a major part of your life, it will be harder to find excuses not to do it.
Tips to Stay Motivated While Exercising
The key to maintaining any fitness regimen is motivation. Even the most dedicated fitness gurus sometimes lose a little inspiration at the gym. There are several things you can do to ensure that you will be able to lose weight, feel great, and stick with exercise for the rest of your life.
Choose a workout that you will enjoy
Choose something that you will not dread doing or having trouble doing. If you hate to run, for example, then stay away from the treadmill and walk instead. There are many different options out there, some you might not even think of so do a little research.
Set realistic goals for yourself
Joining a gym isn’t for everyone, especially if you have weight envy while seeing that most people are in better shape than you are. The idea here should be to start slowly and work your way into a sufficient, active routine. Keep it realistic and realize that the results are going to come at a relatively slow pace. By understanding this, you will keep the motivation going as the weight begins to fall off. Small successes add up.
By setting those smaller fitness goals, you will give yourself opportunities for more rewards! When you attain a goal, treat yourself to a new outfit, or a fancy (but healthy) meal in a nice restaurant.
Exercise with a friend
While some people do better working on their own, most others benefit greatly by having a group of people who can motivate them not only to get to the gym, but that can help to attain goals. Partnering with someone also makes you accountable for someone else’s time, so you won’t be as likely to skip a workout.
Change it up
Vary your workouts regularly. Doing the same thing every time will get very boring. It is also better for your muscles to give them a little variety.
Keep a journal
Keeping a journal of your fitness goals, your successes, and even your failures can help you stay focused, as well as give you something to look back on to see how far you’ve come.
Getting fit and staying that way is work that never ends. By setting realistic goals, realizing that it won’t happen overnight (but it will happen), and keeping your workouts fun and interesting, you will have no trouble being motivated to move.