Monday, October 7, 2013

Sticking to Your Motviation

Lots of people say that the hardest part of losing weight is getting started with the workout routine. Some days I agree with that…but lately my workout routines have been so much fun! Wait a minute….you’re reading this and thinking "ummm, I hate working out. What can I do?” You're the person who runs out of steam every time a workout challenges you physically.  You fall off the bandwagon as soon as you have a bad weekend. You've tried so many times and it's never worked.  When you mentally prepare yourself like that, you set yourself up for inevitable failure. Really, all you need to do is prepare yourself mentally to focus on how to keep motivated to kick-start a fitness routine and finish it off with success. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated to your fitness schedules:

MAKE WORKING OUT CONVENIENT:
Make it convenient. Make it enjoyable. If you haven't worked out in a while and pick a workout that you HATE or that is more than an hour long… it will be that much harder to stick with. Start with shorter workouts that are easier to adjust into your daily life, and with a trainer that you get enjoyment from. This will help you in the long run to stay motivated to exercise on a daily basis.

GET A FITNESS DVD:
Choose the right workout DVD that you can play at home. Since gyms are usually expensive, home fitness DVDs can help you get fit from the comfort of your home. Not to mention with winter quickly approaching…(I know I’m not the only one who’s seen Christmas decorations in stores)…don’t let snow or cold weather keep you from getting your sweat on! Get a fitness program that includes a personal trainer to help you do the workout effectively and efficiently, while boosting your motivation to stay up with the workout! 

DO SOMETHING FUN!
There are other things which can help your mind want to start a workout routine. Start with some new workout gear (equipment, shoes, clothing). Once you have the items, you’ll want to use them! Treat yourself every now and then with new fitness items that will initiate the urge to get into anything physical! I mean, who doesn't love an excuse to buy new shoes??

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH MOTIVATING PEOPLE:
If your family, friends, and fitness coach is there to help you stay motivated, you’re much more likely to achieve your goals! I never want to let my team down, and if I do…it motivates me even more to kick butt the next day! Start with a challenge group with people who will encourage you to do the workouts and attain weight loss goals. You can even workout with an exercise buddy who has a similar daily workout schedule!

TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR:
When it comes to talking yourself into exercising, a mirror can be a very helpful tool. You can snap a week 1 shot of yourself, then week 2, week 3 and so on…all to track your progress. The mirror is also an awesome tool for watching yourself do workouts. Sometimes I’ll pop in front of my mirror while doing punches in TurboFire to make sure my form is on point.

KEEP A RECORD:
Keep a record of your workouts and the transformation. This will help you notice even the initial changes in your measurements. Remember those mirror pics, along with a measuring tape to compare the size before and after the successful completion of the routines. But remember that the results will start to appear after around 2 weeks.

FINALLY:
These are just a few ways that I motivate myself to work out and stick with fitness programs. The real results will come only if you work hard yourself. I can’t make you do anything, but I can help you become who you want to be!


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