Exercising is important and something everyone needs to be doing to stay healthy and fit. The problem comes from finding the motivation to keep going when you are ready to throw in the towel. Here are eight tips that will keep you going and stop you from skipping your next workout.
Be Stronger Than Your Excuses
It really does come down to being strong enough to realize when you make excuses. Everyone has legitimate problems in life and tangible things that come up and get in the way of your success. Death, sickness, work, taking care of a loved one is just a few examples of real issues. The weather, your clothes, what’s on tv, being too busy are examples of excuses. Excuses that stop you from being successful. Remember that you oversee your success and no one else. Be stronger than your excuses.
Set Small Fitness Goals
Just like anything, if you set your goals too high too fast, you have a higher chance of not reaching them. It is always good to have an overall goal, like exercising five days a week, but if you are just starting, you need to set a small goal of one to three times a week and work up.
Write Down Your Workout Schedule
Having a list and checking it twice is not just for Santa Clause; it is good for everyone. Plan out your workouts each week and write them down, then check them off after you do them.
Prepare the Night Before
Before you go to bed, set out your clothes for the next day. If you are working out first thing in the morning, have those ready to get dressed in. Lay them out and even if you are going to a gym, put them on before you leave. Make sure your day clothes are packed in your bag ahead of time so you can quickly get ready when you get done showering.
Find a Workout Buddy
Having someone you can work out with, or even someone who will hold you accountable for your workouts, is one of the best ways to guarantee you stay on track. Find someone with whom you share like-minded goals and get your sweat on.
Take Rest Days
Be sure to rest in between workout days to give your body a chance to heal and be ready to go again on the next workout day.
Post Your Plans
Take advantage of social media to post your workout plans. Your friends and loved ones will help keep you on track and remind you of the workout you claimed you were going to do.
Post Your Achievements
After you do your workouts, post a quick picture or message telling everyone how your training was and how you feel. Posting these will keep you motivated and even motivate others to join you.
Remember that no one is perfect, and your fitness journey won’t be either. It’s imperative to show yourself some self-love and compassion when things don’t go as planned. You’re human, after all.