Almost everyone goes through it at some point- trying to find the motivation and reason to get up and exercise everyday. Its a hard thing to do. Only those who really enjoy exercise or have the willpower to make themselves do it day in and day out really succeed. Some of us need a little extra help to get going. There are small mental things we can do to help us achieve the fitness level we so desperately want.
Challenging yourself to meet small goals along your fitness journey is a fantastic way to keep motivated. I figured this out after I caught myself saying “there are no changes happening” or “I don’t think I am really getting anywhere”. Actually just working out a couple of weeks your body will have made so many tremendous changes that you might not be able to see. So I figured out if I can make set small goals along the way this would probably help me achieve success. Here are a couple of the little things I did. Hopefully they will help you too. Also remember, that exercising is a great example to set for your children and encourage them to try it too!
Tips for Challenging Yourself to Exercise and Setting Exercise Goals:
I absolutely despise running. I never enjoyed it and had it set in my brain that I couldn’t do it. I decided I would start small. The first goal I set was to jog 1/2 mile, then a mile, then 1.5 miles and so on until I could actually run a 5K race from start to finish without stopping. Each time I reached one of this goals it felt fantastic and I could not wait to get to my next goal. Today I can run 5 miles without any problem. I actually enjoy it now.
I wanted to increase my overall muscle tone and the amount of weight I could lift. The amount I wanted to increase by was a lot. I accomplished this in a similar way to my running goals. I just increased my goal by ten pounds at a time. I achieved goals more frequently which made me feel good and want to keep going. I am not all the way to my overall goal yet but I am getting close and feeling great.
Use Things You Enjoy
These are medium to long term goals but helped me a lot. If you enjoy activities such as hiking, cycling, motorcycle riding or bee keeping (you get my point) then exercise could help with just about every activity. My mental picture was how I would look laying on the beach. This helped to keep me going on days when I just didn’t feel up to it. I put a picture of a beach in the Cayman Islands on the wall in the room where I did my workout. This game my exercise reason.
I found a great way to keep myself focused was to have rewards. If I accomplished this goal or that goal then I would get a certain reward. It could be a trip the movies or a night out on the town. Anything you want so long as it will keep you motivated and going. This pertains to diet also. Don’t try to go from eating completely unhealthy to cutting out everything bad in your diet. This makes a much higher percentage of failure. Allow yourself one treat a day weather its a coke, cookie or small piece of cake. Don’t overdo it.
Enjoy Your Exercise
One thing that will help to keep you on you exercise plan is to actually enjoy the exercise you are doing. There are many fantastic types of home exercise equipment to chose from. These include things such as treadmills, home gym’s, exercise bikes or even exercise videos. I have found videos really help to keep me motivated to finish a workout. Read some exercise video reviews to get a fell for what might be the best type for you.
Challenge yourself to exercise and share your experiences below to help others find ways to stay motivated to exercise. It is a tough thing to do but knowing others are at the same place as you always helps. Good luck and have fun during that workout.