It is very easy to start a workout program. The challenge is sticking to it. It can often happen that we lose the will to workout either because we can’t fit our training program into our daily life, or we find it too difficult to do, or maybe, we just expect to see the results of our hard work straight away.
If you see yourself in any of the above perhaps a few tips can help you to stay motivated for your workouts. Every one of us wants to look good but just a few are happy with the way they look.
No matter if it’s your weight, looks itself, lack of stamina and muscles, many want to change their lives for the better. And what is a better time to start than now! However, don’t be the one like many who just starts some diet or a workout program and gives up in a few weeks.
Studies show that even 50% of those who start a workout give up within only 3-6 months. It is never easy changing habits. But if you stick to your workout program long enough, after some time, you will get to enjoy all the benefits and good visual results that workouts bring you, and there is a big possibility that you will keep it up.
How to find it within yourself to stay motivated for workouts? Here are a few things that might help you with it.
1. Find A Workout You Enjoy And It’s Not Hard For You To Do
In case you hate running do not start a workout program that is based on running.
Instead, try fast walking. Also, think it through what is convenient for you. Maybe you like swimming but there is no swimming pool close to where you live.
If that is the case swimming is not a good choice for your workout. You need to try and fit in your workout program into your daily routine without disrupting it too much. Do not give yourself excuses to give up before you have even started.
2. Exercise At The Right Time
You are not a morning person? Do not workout as soon as you get out of bed. Don’t use this as an excuse not to workout at all. Chose the time that works the best for you. You have to realize the longer you postpone the workout the harder it will be for you to stay motivated.
3. Focus On Doable And Realistic Goals
No matter if the goals are long term or short term focus just on the ones you can achieve. For example, you may have a goal that you workout four times this week.
If you were never running before do not make it your goal to run a marathon. Make sure you can manage your long term goal, you want to be able to reach it and you will feel good when you do.
4. Follow Your Progress
Make a dairy of your workouts. It helps with diets, it will help with workouts too. If it is nescecary you can even write down what kind of workout program you have done and what have you achieved with it. Progress and results take time but its what keeps us motivated to persevere.
5. Do Not Push Yourself Too Hard
If you push yourself too hard it may cause you to give up. It is good too have high standards but our body can do just as much. We all have limits. It takes a lot of time and effort to see changes. Give yourself enough time on every level.
6. Reward Yourself For Every Goal You Achieve
Each time you reach a goal treat your self with something. Buy yourself a new book, some nice clothes or anything else that makes you happy (do not buy a box of chocolate candies if you are trying to lose weight).
7. Educate Yourself About Fitness
Read as much as you can about exercises and fitness. The more you read the more you will know about various forms of workouts and you will also learn a lot about potential “traps” and misconceptions related to many training techniques.
There are so many articles online or in magazines that can motivate you and educate you at the same time.
8. Change Your Workout Program
When you get too used to a workout program or simply get bored of it you should change it.
It does not matter if you are running, walking, or riding a bike you can always try some other forms of exercising.
If nothing else try and reverse your training. Do the exercise you usually do first last. You can also, for a change, add some new activity to your workout. This way you will never get bored with your workouts.
9. Seek Support In Others
Workout with your family members, husband/wife, friend or neighbor. Even think about having group workouts. There is a higher possibility you will continue working out if you have some kind of support from a group or a person you trust. For example, it is much easier going for a run at 6 in the morning if you know a neighbor is waiting for you.
10. Do Not Worry If You Miss One Or Two Workouts
You missed your workout this morning or you might have eaten something you were not supposed to, it happens just do not use that as an excuse to quit. You simply continue your workout the next day.
11. Listen To Music While You Work Out
Music is great for motivation. Many studies show that you can workout longer and harder with the music that suits the rhythm of your training since listening to music raises the level of endorphins which puts you in a better mood.
There is no excuse for you not to start working out and making your health and looks better. So pick a workout program that suits you best, make sure you persevere long enough to see the first results and then all you will need to get motivated will be to look in the mirror.