Find a Buddy
If you’re lacking motivation, it helps to have someone else who can push you to get up and move. Accountability to another person is proven to be one of the most effective methods for sticking to a fitness program.
No matter where each of us is in our fitness quest, I believe that everyone is looking for extra motivation. Finding buddies who look as you aspire to be can provide a constant visual of your goals. Teaming up with friends who are facing the same goals allows you a chance to face the tasks ahead with someone who understands. Even being the one that others want to be can be motivational. What better way to keep moving on than to know others look up to you?
Get Dressed/ Undressed in Front of a Mirror
Truly seeing the effects that exercise if having on your body can encourage you to push harder to make bigger changes. We all know that your eye will first go to the “bad” spots, but the key here is to look beyond the negatives and focus on the positive changes that have been made. Truly enjoy the lovely new curves or the strong muscles that you are creating.
Set Small Goals
Rather than telling yourself you need to workout for 30 minutes, tell yourself you need to find three 10-minute moments to do something active. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Grab a coworker and take a walk around the block on your lunch break. It is much easier to carve out a few minutes here and there throughout your busy day. Plus, if you set small goals, it will feel like that much bigger of an achievement when you go above and beyond.
No, I don’t mean you get a chocolate bar when you finish that mile. Do some window shopping for cool fitness gear or clothing that you would love to get. Create a pay chart for yourself. For example: $1 for every 30 minutes of walking, $2 for every 30 minutes of jogging, $5 for every 500 sit-ups completed, and so on. Keep track of how much you “earn” and then go buy those new running shoes or that weight set you’ve been eyeing up.
Accept Your Setbacks
Face it… we all have bad days. Accept those moments and move on. Don’t use it as an excuse to quit or take a break. It should be an excuse to put even more effort into it!
What gives you the motivation to work out? What small changes can you make to stick to a healthier lifestyle?