After almost a year and a half, I’m finally getting back to a routine of being more physical. Now the trick is to keep it up… So with great pleasure, I’m happy to present today’s post by guest blogger, Kelly, who shares with us some tips in how to maintain our motivation for exercise!
Have you ever started to exercise and then quit? If so, you’re not alone. Many people start workouts but suddenly give up within the first 90 days when they don’t get the desired results. Your body needs some time to get adjusted to the workout changes, and so it’s important to keep up the excitement until you get the desired results.
Here are some cool tips that help you in retaining the exercise excitement throughout your life:
Start with simple goals and once when you achieve it, progress to longer range goals. Make sure to set goals that are realistic and achievable. You may get depressed and quit if your goals are over motivated.
For instance, if you haven’t exercised for a long time, start with walking for 15 minutes a day, four days a week. Once you are comfortable with this, you can extend your walk to 30 minutes five days a week. Now, you are ready to plan long term goals where you can complete a 5K walk.
Make it fun
Indulge in sports and activities that you enjoy, and then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you’re too comfortable with your workouts, try something different. Different activities can keep workout boredom at bay. They also reduce your chances of injuring one particular type of muscle or joint.
Sign up for a volley ball or softball league. Join a ballroom dancing class. Choose from variety of events at a health club or martial arts center. Expose your buried sports talent. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be hard work. You’re more likely to stick with a fitness program if you really enjoy it.
Make physical activity part of your daily routine
If you don’t have enough time to exercise, don’t make blind excuses. Plan your workouts as you would do so with any other important activity. You can also engage in any kind of physical activity throughout the day. Avoid using the elevator, instead take the stairs. Walk up and down the side lines while watching the children play games. Engage with walking on a treadmill or riding on a stationary bike while you are watching your favorite show.
Chart your progress
Are you planning to lose weight? Improve your metabolism? Sleep better? Deal with sickness? Make a list of these things. Hang it in a place where you would see it frequently. Looking at the benefits of your fitness program on a paper may help you stay motivated.
It also serves as an exercise diary. Note down your activities during each workout, how long you exercised and how you felt at the end of your workout. Writing down your efforts can help you achieve your goals easily. You will also be happy that you’re making progress.
Work out with your partner, friends or neighbours
If you are getting bored of exercising alone, invite friends or neighbours to join you in the fitness program. This will make you responsible to show up every time or else your partner will be losing that day’s workout.
Work with a trainer or coach
Workouts seem more comfortable and are much better with a professional trainer pushing you. If you’ve someone around watching and guiding you, you’ll be more motivated to continue. If you are unable to hire a trainer for every workout, you can do it every couple of weeks or once in a month and let him/her help you set goals for you to achieve in between.
Allow time to recover
Many people start their fitness programs too aggressively. Initially they exercise too long or too intensely and suddenly quit when they injure their muscles or joints. Give some time for your body between workouts to relax and recover.
Wait for the results
Stick to your fitness program for the first 90 days without expecting any results. Nothing maintains zeal better than results. No matter, though, whether you’re a beginner or an expert bodybuilder, your muscles must be given enough time to get used to the development.
While you may notice small changes such as increase in strength, change in your physique can take some time. Remember these changes are not the same for everyone. Some may notice the results in a couple of weeks while it may take a few more months for others.
About the Author
Kelly is a writer/blogger. She loves writing travelling and reading books. She contributes to Content Cloud.
One way I keep my thrill for exercise is through music. For instance, when I walk, I’ll put my favourite songs on my MP3 and put them on random. I’ll add to these or change them up every now and again. Do you have any tips for keeping the exercise thrill?