17 Ways to Keep Motivated as You Keep Getting Fit. We all want to feel fit and be healthy. What are some roadblocks we meet along the way to keep us from our objectives? Fitness and health look different to everyone. We all have different goals we want to meet to reach that level. Whatever poor exercise habits we have adapted overtime, there are ways to overcome them.
#1 Don’t Wait for the Feeling
Don’t wait until you feel like exercising. Even the most dedicated exercisers don’t always feel like rolling out of bed at 5:30 every morning.
All too often you want to wait for motivation, however the motivation arrives after you begin to exercise. The solution: Be your own motivation.
#2 Begin Again.
If you missed a workout, simply make a rational decision to begin again. Find a healthy routine that you enjoy and be conscientious and consistence in carrying it out.
#3 A Vision Board
Create a vision board of what your big picture is that you would like for an outcome.
#4 Small Changes
A healthy lifestyle is a marathon not a sprint. Life is a journey. If you have not been making healthy choices in the past, make simple changes now. It is easy to get overwhelmed if you want to make a sudden change. If you make small changes and are consistent with them, you will soon see results.
Exercise is Hard.
Being Unhealthy is Hard
Choose Your Hard.
#5 Be Flexible.
Life happens and things get in the way. Be flexible. If you can’t stop at the gym on the way home from work, keep a pair of running shoes in the car and go for a jog in the park. If you can’t do a full workout, spend 10 minutes at a time. Dance around the house, run up and down the stairs! Just keep moving!
#6 Invest in Exercise Clothes and a Water Bottle
Exercise clothes are an investment. Somehow, just putting them on signals that it is time to seriously put in your time. Buy something comfortable. A supportive pair of shoes and a good sports bra make all the difference in the world.
Make sure you stay hydrated as you exercise. The Elvira 32 oz. stainless steel water bottle is a wonderful, pretty little thing that will keep your water cold for up to 24 hours. It would be just the thing for you and a great gift for a friend.
#7 Lace Up Your Runners and Get Outside!
Put on Your exercise clothes, lace up those runners and go out the door. Once the door is shut behind you and the wind is on your face, you can find it easier to get moving.
#8 Schedule in Time to Exercise
You have a busy schedule, but you still can make time for exercise. Slot a time in your schedule to get in exercise that you can do and enjoy doing. Make a Time-Slot for Fitness.
#9 What if You Are Too Tired?
I’m too tired. If you are truly getting too little sleep, try to change that. In all honesty, “I’m too tired” is usually just a feeling that can be cured when you get out in the fresh air and get moving. You will return feeling energized, and you will be surprised how quickly all your other tasks will get done. Regular exercise helps you sleep well.
You are one workout from feeling amazing!
#10 Ways to Keep Motivated as You Keep Getting Fit.
If you feel that you are too fat, and have no muscles, that is an incredibly good reason to begin. There are many people who seemed “too far gone” yet somehow, they got the motivation to make a change.
Change can happen. I know of quite a few people at TOPS who have lost 100 pounds or more and now can walk for miles. I personally feel that the most motivation I have had is an inside vision and burning desire to stick to your plan until you achieve it.
When you challenge yourself, that is when you see results.
#11 Get a Good Playlist.
Exercise is hard, reward yourself with something pleasant to listen to as you run. I find it is much easier to go out for my daily activities if I have a good tempo music playing to keep me going.
#12 How to Exercise on a Budget
If you don’t have money for a gym membership, a few dollars will purchase a fitness app. You can workout at home or join a running club. MyFitnessPal is a good app; Nike app is also great, and it has tons of free workouts.
HIIT is the most effective exercise. Turn up the burn. High Energy Interval Training will get you moving and burn those calories! Even if you are not trying to lose weight, HIIT will put you in a better mood, lower your blood sugar, and more. You can add high intensity interval training to just about any workout like running, or swimming. Lunges, burpees, and squats are probably among the more popular bodyweight ones.
#14 You Are in Competition with Yourself
To stay motivated and stay fit it is best to ignore the comments of others. Do what you can do and do it to the best of your ability. You are in a race with yourself not everyone else. You want to create the best version of yourself.
#15 Project Your Vision
This goes along with a vision board. Make a mental image of where you want to be in 6 months, in one year. What would you like for your life to look like in 5 years from now. Now you need to imagine what kind of thoughts do you need to get you there. If you think like a healthy person, you are more likely to become healthy. As the saying goes, “As the mind goes, the man follows.”
#16 Make Your Health Your Business
Just as you take your 9 to 5 job seriously, so you need to take your health. There will come a time that you will retire, but you will always have your body to live with. You only have one body, so make it the best place that you can live!
#17 Making a Trade-Off.
I have an injury and I can’t exercise is often an excuse that could be used. You do need to let injuries heal themselves, but there is always something more to do.
Choose another exercise. Trade one exercise for another. Train another part of your body. Just stay as active as you can.
Work on your core, or your upper body or your legs. Under your doctor’s direction see what more you can do. Many times, determination helps you heal faster.
In Conclusion Where is Your Comfort Level?
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. When you get out of breath and sweat, that is when change happens. It is hard and you must get used to discomfort.
Put your runners on, go out the door and shut and lock it behind you. That alone should help get you in the mood for exercise.
The Benefits are Incredible – From Mental to Physical. Just Keep Active.
When you challenge yourself, that is when you see results.
As Nike says – Just Do It!
Please Leave a Comment!
17 Ways to Keep Motivated as You Keep Getting Fit are listed above. How do you see them for yourself? Have you used any of these in your life? What is the best motivation that works for you?
I would love to hear from you, my readers, as to what motivates you in life.