When you start a health and fitness program, everyone has the intention of sticking with it. Often though, motivation fades, boredom may set in, and time constraints make it easy to quit.
If you feel yourself getting off track, remind yourself that your health is very important.
Tips to Help Adhere to Your Goals:
Set an appointment
Schedule a workout with a friend, co-worker or trainer that you are forced to commit to. This can help you re-set and pickup right where you left off.
Buy some new workout clothes or shoes
Sometimes just getting some new workout gear or a new pair of running shoes can make you more excited to get your workout in.
Set a reward
Establish a behavior or action that you want to commit to and a reward for making it. For example, tell yourself if you work out five times this week, you’ll schedule a massage or if you stick to your nutrition plan all week, you’ll buy tickets to that show that you really want to see. Extrinsic rewards can be helpful to get you over any humps you may be experiencing.
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Write down the benefits you hope to achieve by sticking to your program. Reflect on your ‘WHY’. Write down your progress so far. Taking the time to remind yourself why you have committed to your health and fitness and the benefits you’ve experienced thus far can be helpful to keep you on track.
Watch motivational clips
Podcasts, YouTube and TikTok are full of motivational clips that can get you fired up to reach for your best.
Do something new
Take a new class. Hire a trainer to design a new program for you to follow. Try a new piece of fitness equipment. Get outside. Find a new trail to walk, run or bike. Trying something you’ve never done before can help eliminate the boredom that can creep in when you’re doing the same thing all the time.
When you’re not feeling it, put on some energetic music that motivates you to move and take action.
Give yourself a short-term, easy goal
Sometimes we need to give ourselves a goal that is easy to hit, something to commit to within the next 24 hours, just to get us back on track. It could be as simple as walking around the block after dinner, eating a salad for lunch, filling your water bottle to take to work or doing 10 pushups when you wake in the morning. Feeling a sense of success can help keep you motivated.
Set some benchmarks and performance goals
It can be exciting to see quantitative, measurable results. For example, walk or run a mile today and see how quick you can do it. Commit to sticking to your program for a month and then redo the mile to see how much you’ve improved. You can choose any type of performance gauge that will motivate you such as cycling, rowing, or swimming. You can do the same with strength moves such as pushups, pullups, squats etc. You can gauge your strength improvements in repetitions and/or resistance lifted.
Change your mindset
Stop asking yourself ‘Should I workout today?” because the answer to that question should always be “yes”….unless you’re sick of course. You should always do something to move your body and focus on your health, but it doesn’t need to be a hard workout every time. Instead ask yourself “What should I do today to focus on my health and fitness” assuming that you will do something, and you just need to determine what that will be today. Likewise, stop thinking “I have to work out”, and change that to “I get to work out”, as not everyone has that ability.
Remember to be grateful for your health and your ability to move your body. Don’t take that for granted!
Yours in health & fitness,