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During the summer, it is usually easy to stay motivated in terms of fitness, exercise, and getting to the gym. Moreover, in warm weather, many people do not even need a health club. Instead, most people prefer to take advantage of the balmy weather and exercise outdoors. Many activities, such as walking, running, swimming, and a variety of outdoor related activities, can allow fitness enthusiasts to enjoy the fresh air while getting a workout. However, as the colder weather approaches, some individuals might find their interest in exercising or going to the gym waning. That is why it is important to stay motivated and keep on track with one’s fitness goals. That being said, here are some motivational tips for fitness.
- Focus on Small Steps or Changes–Avoid overly ambitious or impossible fitness goals. Instead, try setting small, achievable goals each week. As an individual achieves each goal, it will hopefully motivate them to set even more fitness goals.
- Make Fitness Fun–Keeping fitness fun is a fundamental key to success. Therefore, a person should select sports or activities they enjoy, then vary the routine as time goes on. If someone is bored by their workouts, they should try something new. For instance, a person can take dance classes, try outdoor sports or athletic leagues, and/or check out their local health club or martial arts center. Remember to keep things fun and exciting because someone is more likely to stick with an exercise routine if they are having fun.
- Incorporate Exercise Into Daily Life–In today’s busy world, sometimes it is hard to find time for exercise. However, that does not mean a person should give up or give in. Instead, an individual should attempt to schedule their workouts as they would any other important activity. Moreover, people can also slip in exercise throughout the day. For instance, a person could take the stairs instead of the elevator, try walking/running/marching in place, park far away from the building and walk, etc. Furthermore, there is also a variety of at-home workout options. For example, a person could ride a stationary bike, do isometric exercises, exercise with workout DVDs or old-school tapes, or use resistance bands while working or watching TV.
- Stress Relief–There is no denying the many benefits associated with regular exercise. Among these benefits, stress relief is a big one in terms of motivational tips for fitness. If someone is tense and wound up after a long day at work or family and/or relationship woes are causing a person stress, exercise can be a wonderful way to work off that stress. It can make a world of difference and reap many benefits.
- Establish a Fitness Buddy System–Invite friends, family members, or co-workers to join an exercise community or buddy system. Encourage others to workout with a buddy or other loved ones. Try to combine family bonding time with exercise via outdoor sports, a group walk, or organize a group of family and/or friends to take fitness classes at a local health club or gym. Sometimes having an exercise buddy is motivation enough to stick with a workout routine, and if someone begins to slack off, these exercise buddies can help get a person back on track with their fitness goals.
- Time for Reflection–Exercise can provide clarity and time for reflection. Many people use exercise as a way to clear out the cobwebs, organize their thoughts, and solve problems.
- Rewards Reap Benefits–After each exercise session, take some time to savor the endorphins created via exercise. This habit can help motivate someone and make regular exercise a part of their life. Tangible rewards can also be beneficial. For instance, when someone achieves a long-term exercise goal, they should be treated to a massage, new pair of walking shoes, or some new music to enjoy while they workout.
- Pictures Speak Volumes–In order to chart one’s progress, a person should take before and after photos, as well as pictures along the way. It can help put things into perspective and remind a person of how far they have come.
Sometimes it can be a challenge to stay motivated and stick with an exercise program. At times, getting to the health club or gym might not be possible. However, many fitness enthusiasts do not even need a gym, prefer to exercise outdoors, or at home. There are plenty of activities that provide a terrific workout such as walking, running, swimming, or a variety of outdoor sports, yet do not require a gym. Whether a health club is involved or not, it is important to stay motivated and keep on track with one’s fitness goals. Hopefully, these motivational tips for fitness will help readers develop as well as stick with a regular exercise program for better health and well-being.
Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
Mayo Clinic–Fitness: Tips for Staying Motivated
WebMD–10 Motivational Tips to Keep You Healthy
Zen Habits–31 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise
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