We all need motivation, and it is especially important when we want to commit to exercise routines or goals. Here are 8 simple tips to help motivate and keep you committed to exercise.
How to Commit to Exercise:
1. Write Out a Plan of Action
To commit to exercise requires focus, and focus requires a plan. Take the time beforehand to outline your daily and weekly workout routines. For extra motivation write out monthly goals and track your progress.
2. Don’t Overdo It
You’re not in a Rocky movie, exercising for several hours daily will lead to nothing but pain, injury, and the decision to stay on your couch. For the sake of your pride and physical safety try starting out with 15-20 minute workouts 3-4 times a week and gradually move to 45 minute workouts 3-4 times a week. As you work up your stamina you can take on longer exercise routines and workout more often.
3. No Excuses
We are all guilty of making excuses at times. Many times we start working out and it’s great for a few days but then the inevitable happens; a day comes when we just don’t want to do it. So we make up an excuse as to why we don’t need to, which works since we only have to convince ourselves. However tempting it may be to skip a workout take a look at your goals and hang in there. You hold the power to commit to exercise, your goals, and yourself.
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4. Commit to Exercise Vacations!
Exercise is a lot of work so don’t be afraid to commit to exercise vacations occasionally Many people are afraid to stop working out once they start. This is understandable but our bodies need time to replenish and we should honor that. That being said these breaks should be planned and not taken at random. Schedule a consistent break of three to seven days every few months and then get back at it.
5. Mix It Up
If you consistently go through the same routine your mind and body will become bored. Be creative with your workouts changing them often, try group classes, or change up the environment by moving your routine outside.
6. Get A Workout Buddy
Never underestimate the power of guilt. There are some people who are self motivated enough to workout alone. Many of us though find ourselves in need of a friend. Having a workout buddy at best helps you stay committed to your exercise plan, and at least forces you to come up with better excuses to bail.
7. Less Is More
Though it’s impressive to be the one curling 75 pound hand weights at the gym, unless your goal is to be a bodybuilder it’s unnecessary. You can reach your goals with proper use of light to mid range weights, body-weight, resistance bands, and exercise balls.
8. Think Positive
Everyone has bad days and everyone will experience times when they feel they’ve stopped progressing in their exercise goals. The important thing is to stay positive and keep pushing forward. Revisit your goals often and remember why you started exercising in the first place.
Are you committed to fitness? Comment below to share ways you commit to exercise to help motivate others!
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