Sometimes all of us need a little boost to keep working out.
Going to the same gym 5 times a week for months on end can lead to boredom and boredom leads to eventually giving up.
But there are things you can do to keep motivating yourself to continue on.
Here are five ways:
1) Change it up
All of us do it … get stuck doing the same routine or workout over and over.
But eventually our body gets used to doing the same thing and it becomes more efficient at what we do.
It is then that you’ll notice you are not losing as much weight as you once did. .. and that is why, you’ve hit a plateau.
To motivate yourself mentally and your body physically, change your routine every month or so.
It will stimulate your mind and body.
You’ll notice that you will start losing weight again.
2) Exercise with a friend
Exercising with a friend is a great motivator.
On the days you don’t feel like exercising, you will anyway just so you don’t let your friend down.
And if the truth be known, your friend might not felt like exercising either, but your commitment to each other keeps both of you going.
Plus it give you someone to talk to while exercising.
3) Set a goal
All of us are goal-oriented to one extent or another.
While it is not a bad thing, keep in mind that a goal should be SMART:
- Time Bound.
4) Reward yourself
That “carrot on the end of a stick” is a great motivator.
What is it you really want? Perhaps a new workout outfit in a smaller size, a new designer purse, or how about a new piece of exercise equipment.
Whatever it is, it has to be something worthwhile and that you can afford to buy.
Visualizing your reward for completing your goal will keep you going until the end. Try it!
5) Make a contract with yourself
Once you put a goal “out there” whether that is putting it in writing and hanging it on the frig or by telling your friends, family members or co-workers, you will be motivated to complete it; fear of failing is a strong motivator itself.
As part of your contract, make sure you address a specific goal and an action plan on how to accomplish it.
Your action plan can be a to-do list or one with milestones or checkpoints along the way.
You need some form of being able to track your progress so you know you are still on track.
If you have trouble sticking with a workout plan, incorporate these five tips to motivate you to continue to completion.
You’ll be surprised just how powerful they are!