“Working out every once in a while or going hard every day for a week or so and then abruptly stopping for a couple of months” We all have been there. Getting excited about our fitness journey, and then getting bored after a few days/week, or not feeling motivated enough to keep going.
How many times have you promised yourself that this time will be different? You’ll lose weight, be more productive, get fit, eat healthily…and then you don’t? You set goals, and things usually start off pretty well. You skip binging on sweets or junk foods, sign up for fitness classes, and then life happens, and before you know it, you are saying goodbye to your promises saying things like “I will start from Monday”, “Maybe I can have a cheat day today, tomorrow, day after tomorrow…”, “I’ll start consistently from next month”…
The main question for all this is, “How do we stay motivated when the initial excitement of the fitness journey wears off?”
Here are top motivational tips to maintain a fit lifestyle:
Find your ‘why’: To bring out any change there is probably a reason behind it, and identifying it the first step of it. Find your ‘why’ and keep reminding yourself of that. It would help a lot if you could write it down in a journal, or even on sticky notes around your house as a reminder. Defining your ‘why’ will give you a personal or emotional investment in your fitness goals.
Start simple: One of the common mistakes that people who start working out makes is: splurging on gym clothes, yoga mats gym memberships, accessories, etc. and making a whole show out of it. Wait and understand that the gym is not going anywhere, so you don’t have to burden yourself and make things complicated. Start simple, maybe, even from the comfort of your own house. Working out at homes can show beneficial results as well. And it works best for those, who don’t like using gym equipment that people have been sweating on.
Keep at it: Rome was not built in a day! Keep going whatever you do. Not having consistency is one of the top reasons why the most number of people don’t achieve their New Year Resolutions. Find reasons what motivate you to keep going, and keep doing it.
Set goals: Start with simple goals, then progress to challenging (longer-range) goals. It’s very common to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious, so try to make your goals realistic and achievable. For example, if you have not exercised in a while, your short term goal can be a 10-minute walk, five days a week. And your longer-range goal can be 30 minutes walk, five days a week or maybe to complete a 5k walk.
Plan and keep reminders: Failing to plan is planning to fail. Buy a planner, use sticky notes, make lists, do whatever works for you. Record your efforts, and track your progress. Plan things beforehand, to succeed every day.
Be kind to yourself: The constant pressure of being motivated while on a fitness journey can be overwhelming. Be kind to yourself, silence your inner critic, and celebrate all the little victories. Reward yourself after completing any goal, and keep yourself motivated by saying happy things about yourself.
Make your health first priority: We often give importance to other people and materialistic things, even when we should be focusing on ourselves and our health. Take time to let this sentence sink in: ‘Make your health your first priority’. If you are healthy enough, you can be active, and more productive in all aspect of the lives. And, what’s more important than your health?
These simple yet effective motivational tips will keep you on track while you are on your fitness journey. Include music while you work out, they will boost up your mood even more. You can also build a community or include your friends to work out with you. Whenever you feel like giving up, that is the most critical time that you need to stay motivated.
This article is contributed by Onthebuzz!
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