If you have ever committed yourself to a fitness routine, then you will know just how easy it can be to allow it to lapse without you even intending it to. You might get sick for a few days and not get back into the swing of things or you might think that you have reached your goals … it could be anything.
It's hard to keep 100% motivated at all times, but with the right tips and pointers, it can definitely be done. Here is some advice on how to stay on track with your fitness.
● Treat Exercise as an Appointment
When you make an appointment, you always do what you can to make it, so thinking of working out in this way means that you might feel more obligated to exercise every single day (or the days you plan to). It is said that doing something for more than 30 days turns it into a habit, so making fitness your daily appointment might be a struggle in the beginning but ultimately, it will become a habit.
● Track Your Progress
There will be moments in your fitness journey where it doesn't feel like much is happening, but you can always amp up your motivation when you need it if you track your progress. Using something like the 30 Day Fitness app will help you see and keep track of all the small changes that are happening even when you don't notice it. It also helps to keep you accountable, with reminders and friendly notifications.
● Spice It Up
Don't stick to the same routine every single day. You will be more enthusiastic to keep working out when you know there are other things to look forward to the next day. If you are feeling low on motivation, it may simply be because you are bored- try something new, take a new class and test your limits.
● Set New Goals
Many people find it difficult to keep a steady workout schedule if they don’t have a goal to work towards. So don't be satisfied once you hit the one or two goals you had set for yourself. Keep setting new ones so that there is always something to be enthusiastic and determined about.
● Progress Pics
Seeing yourself in the mirror every day doesn't always tell the whole story. Taking a picture every couple of weeks to document your progress can really shock you in the way that you are changes, that otherwise may go unnoticed. Here is nothing more motivating than seeing tangible results and how far you have actually come.
● Find a Workout Buddy
If you work out with a friend or find yourself a buddy, you will be much less likely to want to quit too soon or altogether. That competitive nature will kick in and you will want to keep going. Also, having someone to hold you accountable really helps in staying consistent.
● Reward Yourself
Your mental health will be much healthier if you reward yourself with little treats when hitting your goals. It's all about give and take so make sure to not obsess over being fit and allow yourself a cheat from time to time!
Ultimately, working out needs to be something that makes you happy in order for you to stick to it. If you can make your exercise fun and rewarding, then you are going to be much more motivated to continue with your program.