Finding the will and the effort to start a workout routine can be surprisingly easy compared to persisting in your initial decision. Maintaining the necessary motivation can truly be challenging but definitely not impossible. If you too feel that motivation and dedication to your goal may seem hard to maintain, check out the following tips. They may prove to be just the solution you’ve been looking for.
- Give yourself a day to shop for sports clothes and accessories
Investing in clothes that allow you to do each of your exercises properly is one of the main tools that will keep you motivated. Pamper yourself and take a whole day to go buy some sneakers, sweatpants, and shirts that make you feel comfortable and beautiful. You will see that it will be worth the investment.
- Create a music playlist
Music can be a great friend in those moments when you need to give your best. In that respect, don’t hesitate to create a long playlist, one that will last for at least 2 hours, and fill it with your favorite motivational, upbeat music. The songs you pick should urge you to move and get energetic.
- Use apps/YouTube videos
For those of you who want to exercise at home, staying motivated may have everything to do with the knowledge necessary to come up with a variety of different exercises and workout routines. This is where using exercise apps and/or YouTube videos from channels that focus on physical activity can come in handy. Actually, this is very effective as you’ll basically get your own fitness instructor without paying for one or leaving the comfort of your own home.
- Take small yet consistent steps
Don’t make the mistake of pushing yourself too hard when you’re just starting to exercise. After months or maybe even years of inactivity, suddenly forcing your body to do more than it can handle can lead to serious muscle fatigue and even injury. This can only deter you from exercising. The key is to take baby steps, but to take them consistently. For example, if you decide to use exercise bikes for cardio, don’t push yourself to cycle for half an hour on your first day. In the beginning, even 10 minutes is more than enough.
- Visualize yourself in the future
Visualizing your future self who’s healthier, more agile and has a better body compared to how you are now is a very strong motivator if you want to make a change in your life. You can imagine yourself in your ideal outfits, confident and happy. Keep that image in your mind when you feel like giving up. After all, you don’t want to fail the future you, do you?
- Follow fitness stories
In order to make things easier for yourself and get a bunch of helpful tips for a balanced diet and exercises, you can follow fitness accounts on Instagram. These days, there are plenty of those with regular updates. Moreover, there are also personal success stories of people who are or were going through the same things as you, and checking their updates can effectively motivate you to keep working towards your goal.
- Take monthly photos
Once you decide to do this for yourself, you would want to see gradual progress month after month over a certain time period. This is a way to challenge yourself and see what you are capable of. By accepting this personal challenge, you also force yourself not to ignore your workout routine. After all, when you can look forward to noticing obvious and healthy changes to your body month after month, you may find that this is something you simply cannot let go.
Taking care of your body and well-being through regular physical activity is something you do for yourself. It may be difficult at first but if you just keep at it, you’ll soon see the benefits that you would never want to go without again.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Diana Smith is a full-time mom interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.
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