I don’t know about you, but I know there are many times I’ve fallen out of my workout routine or my healthy eating habits. Normally when this happens it’s because I’ve lost a few pounds and console myself saying, “It’s alright, not like I’m gaining weight anyway!”
See that’s the problem most of us have. We don’t see past the fact that working out is not only about losing weight. It is also done to keep fit, have a toned body and stay healthy as well. So yes, we all need to work out, nobody is excused!
Here is how to stay motivated on your workout routine:
1. Find Personal Motivation to Exercise.
What motivates you? It could be the number on the scale that surprises you, a doctor’s recommendation advising you on your health a holiday vacation trip up ahead… anything, find motivation!
2. Set Realistic Goals to Get Fit
Not everyone’s weight loss or body gives the same results. You can aim for an exercise guideline that is given, but don’t worry too much when you don’t meet them at start because this is normally when people lose motivation, they try to do too much too soon and fall short.
3. Stop Thinking of it as Exercise – Do Something You Enjoy.
Whether it is that Zumba, Pilates, or dance DVD that gets you excited, keep on track with what keeps you going. Maybe if it’s swimming you enjoy, fit it into your schedule. You can also choose to walk your dog, or just take a simple walk around the neighborhood. For some people, going to the gym provides structure that helps them focus and a sense of accomplishment when they’re done. Either way, whatever form of exercise you decide to do, fit it into your schedule and make sure you enjoy it.
4. Plan How to Fit Exercise Into a Hectic Schedule.
If you wait for time to open up, chances are you won’t be able to squeeze in a walk or a dance class very often. To avoid getting side tracked, you can opt for the stairs as opposed to taking the lifts. Add physical activities to things you already do. Example, take a walk with a friend to catch up instead of calling them on the phone. You can also ride on a stationary or be on a treadmill while reading a book or watching TV. Involve yourself in fun things like going ice skating with your kids or playing physical fun games that will make you work off some sweat.
5. Bounce Back From Setbacks
I always advice my friends to always keep their weight in check by having a weighing scale around and being regular on it. Better to maintain than to regret later and having to get rid of all the weight gained. Either way in whichever the case, if you have a setback, never be discouraged, just try and bounce back to your routine. Let’s say you set a reasonable fitness goal. You’ve prepared for potential problems yet somehow you didn’t make it to the gym, don’t let that be your downfall. It simply means you replace the gym with other activities that will help you work out.
There you have it! Stay motivated, and now let’s work out!
Written by Sylvia Oloo with reference from Linda Wasmer Andrews
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