5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Exercise

by Anna D

If  losing pounds is as easy as  journaling  about what you put in your mouth, can you use the same technique to help you stick to a fitness routine?

For our clients here at  TFX  who keep a food diary lose twice as much weight as those who kept no records,  But, while keeping a journal holds you more accountable for how you treat your body, sticking to a fitness routine is different from sticking to a healthy eating routine.  I recommend these tactics to keep you motivated and inspired to workout 🙂

1. Change your perspective

Shift your thinking from couch potato mentality to thinking like an athlete. This may sound like a big challenge, but it’s not as big a leap as you think.  You will start  thinking about your workouts as a blessing rather than a sacrifice. You will also find inspiration in others—looking outward for extra motivation. “Take inspiration from everyone you meet—even people who can’t be physically active,” she says. “It reinforces why I’m lucky.” Whether you need to hang an “I’m lucky” sticky note on the mirror, or you can see the power of health in your children’s eyes, committing to a fitness routine begins in your head.

2. Set a goal

There’s nothing more motivating — sometimes even scary — than that first 5K looming in bold letters on the calendar. Register early and commit to an exercise program that will get you in shape by race day.

“Set realistic goals that include clear milestones, and as you progress toward your goal, you’ll find a ripple effect occurs and things fall into place in your work, home life and health,”

The goal doesn’t even have to be an organized race. Maybe it’s a mission to fit into that bikini by summer , or that old pair of  jeans buried in your closet. Whatever it is is, define it, write it down and revisit it daily. Make sure it’s realistic and you can actually adapt your life around meeting the goal, otherwise you’re setting yourself up for failure.

3. Schedule a regular workout time

Some of the most committed exercisers do it every day before the sun comes up, after after work , choose a schedule and stick to it. Sit down with your weekly schedule and try to build in an hour each day to be good to your body.

If you convince yourself you’ll fit in a workout some time after that last meeting, once the kids go down for a nap or when your spouse arrives home on time, failure is certain. Chances are a last-minute invitation will come along; weather will foil a bike ride; or the kids won’t nap. Write your workout on your calendar, set up daycare, and rearrange things around this one hour as if were any other important appointment you have to keep. Or use technology like daily e-mail reminders, workout journaling websites or phone  applications to keep you on task 🙂

4. Think fun and variety

By nature, humans need change and variety to stay motivated. We also need to have fun — even while we’re working hard. Do both! That is why here at  TFX  we like to keep you and your body guessing by changing the workouts every time 🙂 we design your exercise routine around a variety of exercise methods and also make sure you include activities you truly enjoy and look forward to doing.

Workout variety also challenges your body in unique ways, which may introduce you to new muscle groups you didn’t even know you had 🙂

5. Reach out to others for support

In America, some tend to have trouble asking for help, Yet in order to stick to a fitness program we need encouragement from other people. For some people it’s finding a friend with a shared zest for running and planning scheduled workouts together. It’s easy to hit the snooze button when it’s just you, but much harder to leave a friend waiting at the gym 🙂

So start thinking of yourself as an athlete, and not a spectator. Set a goal, enlist a friend, mark it on your calendar and have some fun! You’ll be setting yourself up for a lifetime of better health, more happiness, and more energy for everything else in your life.

To Your Health,

Ale Adaui

TFX Coach

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