Making an effective fitness routine a lifestyle is hard and you can do it. Let’s start here with this encouragement from a exercise physiologist, Gerald Endress: Accept that there will be some side steps on your fitness journey. Hmm, so what does that mean to you? How do you get back on your journey, when you’re off it?
Here are two tips from a WebMD post, plus a link to the full story. Hope is helps!
- Track Your Progress
Chart your workouts, whether you do it online or in an old-school fitness journal. Seeing improvements, whether running faster, doing more reps, or working out more often, makes you want to keep going.
- Get a Cheering Squad
Find people — friends, family, co-workers, neighbors — who will encourage you to stay on track. Ask them to do exactly that. “The person should be in support, but not say, ‘Why can’t you? It’s so easy,'” says Carla Sottovia of Cooper Aerobics in Dallas. If helpful reassurance turns into criticism, gently remind your pal that you don’t need nagging.
Read the complete list:
7 Ways to Boost Your Exercise Motivation
- Track Your Progress and Short Term Goals: First write down your fitness goals in a journal or online app. Then break those goals in half! Goals broken down into 2-3 milestones is crucial to success. Next chart your workouts. Seeing improvements, whether running faster, doing more reps, or working out more often, makes you want to keep going.
- Focus Only On Yourself: There will always be someone fitter, faster, or more flexible than you. Don’t compare yourself to them. Do not let them deter you from your goal. Your workout time is for you, and about you.
- Delete Guilt: Get real. You’re going to miss a day or two. If you accept that there will be some side steps on your fitness journey, you’ll be better prepared mentally to deal with setbacks. Don’t let a misstep be an excuse for giving up.
- Make It Convenient: When you’re busy, don’t spend 30 minutes driving to a gym or too much time navigating big parking lots big box gyms. Use small gyms or online exercise videos instead.
- Forget the Past: So maybe you weren’t the most athletic kid in high school and were the last chosen for class games. That was years ago. Your goal now is not to win a letter jacket or make the cheerleading squad. You want to exercise to stay healthy and enjoy your life.
- Reward Yourself: Treat yourself for working out. Choose micro rewards that comfort you like take a bubble bath, watch the sunset, or take a short break with a friend that makes you laugh. Then when major milestones are achieved, treat yourself to a larger rewards like a new outfit, a massage, new tunes, or a movie, whatever you enjoy.
- Get a Cheering Squad: Find professionals like a coach, or personal trainer or other people like friends, co-workers or neighbors, who will encourage you to stay on track. Get help! However, if helpful reassurance turns into criticism, gently remind your pal that you don’t need nagging. Your support system should be in support of you, but not say, ‘Why can’t you? It’s so easy”
Coach Roz Harris, the Thinner For Life Expert and creator of the Fit Chicks! program in Fishers, IN. Don’t live in the Indianapolis area, then join her Accountability Club today: www.coachrozharris.com/club