The New Year is a typical time to begin a new exercise programs. We all consider making resolutions to lose weight or become more physically active in the upcoming year. However, after the first couple days of faithfully walking, running or hitting the gym, about 88% of us lose our motivation and fall away. How can we stay motivated for the entire year?
Motivation to Start a Regular Exercise Program
Set goals for you exercising. Plan to hit the gym at least three times a week. If it helps, plan to be at the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and take a walk around your neighborhood on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Write out your goals on sticky notes and stick them all over your house, in places that you’ll see them several times during the day: the refrigerator, the bathroom mirrors, or even the telephone!
Join a gym class or plan to work out with your spouse or a friend. The two of you will hold each other accountable to get started and you’ll both definitely exercise more often if you’re checking up on each other.
Choose exercise that you will enjoy. You may need to motivate yourself to get started, but once you start something you enjoy it’ll be a whole lot easier to keep it up!
Motivation to Keep Up with Your Exercise Program
Get psyched to exercise by changing into your workout clothes in the morning, evening or whatever time you plan to workout.
Designate rewards for attaining your goals. For instance, if you’ve accomplished your goal of working out at the gym three times a week for the entire month, buy a new pair of workout pants, get a pedicure, or whatever reward would motivate you to keep exercising.
Join a competition through your local gym or another exercise group. When you’re training for a goal, you’ll be much more likely to carry through.
Don’t let yourself think that fifteen minutes of exercise are not worth it. Even a short workout burns calories and gives your brain a rest from everyday tasks.
Vary your routine by attending new classes or trying new workout programs. You may want to employ a personal trainer to give you some fresh exercise ideas.
Finally, look for ways to incorporate extra physical activity into your daily routine. Take the stairs at work, walk to lunch, or take a walk during your breaks instead of visiting the vending machines.