How to Stay Motivated to Exercise

9 Feb

It’s February.  It’s been almost six weeks since that New Year’s resolution began.  You know, the one where you committed to starting a new exercise routine.  How’s that going for you?  If you are beginning to feel yourself losing interest and are struggling with your weight loss goals and/or exercise program, keep reading to learn about how to get motivated again.  You’ll be happy you did!

Stick to ONE Goal at a Time
A mistake many people make (myself included), is that they have too much going on in their life and are trying to accomplish too much.  You are setting yourself up for failure if you have too many goals you are trying to achieve at once.  You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to accomplish more than one goal at a time.  Stick to one goal, make it realistic (wanting to lose 10 lbs by Valentine’s is NOT realistic!!) and don’t give up until you have achieved it.  Once you have accomplished the first goal, then you move on to creating your next, more challenging, goal.

Re-Visit your Past
Have you been here before?  Making a resolution to start exercising, change your eating habits, only to fall back to your usual routine?  What made you stop last time and are you on the same path now?  If so, you’re falling into a pattern.  Break it by figuring out what went wrong before.  If the diet is too strict, make smaller changes you can live with every day.  If you’re too busy, try shorter workouts.  Change what you’re doing until it works for you and your lifestyle.  Remember that what works for one won’t necessarily produce the same results for someone else.

Find Inspiration
Inspiration, for me, comes from reading other people’s blogs, magazines, books, etc.  Reading about how other people achieve their goals day in and day out not only keeps me motivated but gives me new ideas which avoids boredom.  What are you trying to accomplish?  Google your answer and find out how others got to where you want to be.  Remind yourself that what you do today has everything to do with where you will be tomorrow, one month from now and one year from now.  Be inspired.

Get Excited!
It may be difficult to feel that same rush you felt on January 1st when you created your New Year’s resolution to get fit and fabulous, but you can definitely get a little more fired up by going back to your original goal and reminding yourself why you set it in the first place.  Talk to others about it.  Share your energy with them and they, in turn, can share theirs with you.  Just be sure to steer clear of those who are much less motivated than you are.

Track your Progress
One simple way to stay motivated is to look back on how far you’ve come.  Keeping track of your workouts gives you something tangible you can look at.  Flipping through pages and seeing how much you have actually accomplished will motivate you to keep on going.  Besides, knowing you have to write your accomplishments down may also give you that extra push to get moving.

STOP WAITING FOR A MIRACLE!!
I saved this one for last because I really need it to hit home.  Some people think if they exercise long enough, they’ll wake up one day and suddenly love exercising and eating healthy.  If you’re waiting for that shining moment of excitement, you may be waiting a long time.  Not everyone enjoys exercise and looks forward to waking up at 5:15am to go to the gym 5 days a week, but if you tell yourself that you will love the results, then it will motivate you to do what needs to get done in order to achieve those results.  You need to find what works for you and stick to it.  That’s a lot of trial and error but just keeping reminding yourself that you will get there as long as you don’t quit.

Be patient.  Be kind to yourself.  Don’t expect too much.  Reward yourself.  Take baby steps.  Remember, this is not a race to the finish line but a lifelong marathon.  Think about this is a lifestyle change, not a short-term phase you need to get through.  Take one day at a time and keep reminding yourself that the only failure is the failure to keep trying.

Until next time…

Have a fit and fabulous day!

Lisa

 Special thanks to my “muse” who inspired this topic today.  You know who you are!

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