We would all like to lead fit and healthy lives worthy of a fitness blog. But simply dreaming of such a life won’t change a single thing. You will need to get up and do all the work that needs to be done to achieve that goal. And yes, we all lead very busy lives, and very little time is left aside to take care of our bodies and health, but that really isn’t enough of an excuse. We need to get ourselves motivated to go and work out and become the best versions of us. Here’s how to get started:
Create a plan and look at it often
The biggest enemies of habits are excuses such as “I’ll go when I have the time” and “I will find time next week”. Not having a set time for training will only leave you in a state of looking towards a better tomorrow, but never doing something to make it actually happen. Sit down with a trainer and create an exercise routine – one that fits both your lifestyle and your needs. Then, create a timetable of your workouts, print it out and stick it somewhere where you can see it. Check off a workout every time you finish one to keep a visual tracker of your progress. Make sure you also add it to your daily planner so you don’t overlook it when making other plans.
Set realistic goals and see them through
When setting goals, you need to make sure that you aren’t working towards something vague like “being healthier” or “losing weight”. Your goals need to be precise and you should know exactly when they are met because, otherwise, you will feel like you are always working for something that is slipping further and further out of your reach. Determine with your trainer what are the realistic goals for you and make sure you adapt along the way. For every goal met, give yourself a small reward and move along to the next one. If you are a person who gets more motivated by completing smaller milestones, then break your goals down into smaller steps.
Feel good doing it
You will never be able to motivate yourself to do something if you don’t feel good doing it. So first and foremost, choose a program that makes you feel good. For some that will be running, for others it will be karate and for a third group it will be dancing. You also want to make sure you feel good going into every session. Get the appropriate shoes, a yoga mat, bodybuilding clothes or headphones – anything you need to make your training comfortable and allow you to leave feeling satisfied. After all, something that leaves you feeling drained and frustrated is not good for you in any way. If you feel like something in your routine is off-putting or makes you resent working out, don’t be afraid to change it.
Remember that the only reason why you should be working out is to make yourself feel better, and you should never compare yourself to other people while exercising or when setting your goals. If you are delving into a more specific kind of exercise or if you start experiencing any pain, talk to your doctor to see what is the best course of action. Remember to always keep your eyes on how you will feel several months from now, if only you continue the good work, and that should keep you motivated.