Sometimes the hardest part of an exercise routine is sticking to it. There are a million excuses, including not having time, but the truth is that we find it hard to be accountable to ourselves when it comes to working out.
If motivating yourself to stick with an exercise routine is a problem for you, then here are some suggestions to help keep you committed (and off the couch).
1. Go Social With Your Goals
Sharing your workout plan on social media can provide plenty of motivation to stick with your plan. Let your friends know what you have planned for the next day's workout to help keep you accountable.
2. Reward Yourself
While vague goals such as "lose weight" may motivate some, you may be more motivated by more tangible rewards, such as treating yourself to a smoothie or an episode of your favorite show.
3. Compete In An Event
By signing up for a 5K race or another event, you give yourself something more motivating to work toward than a vague goal.
4. Do It For A Cause
Sign up for a charity run or other event where you raise money for a worthy cause. It makes you accountable to the people who give you money, but also to the cause/people you're raising money for.
5. Put Money On It
We all know that money can be a great motivator. Give cash to a friend and then earn it back only by reaching your fitness goals.
6. Sleep In Your Workout Clothes
If you have a workout scheduled for first thing in the morning, sleep in your workout clothes. That way, skipping your workout means peeling off your workout clothes and admitting that you're letting yourself down.
7. Visualize Daily
Set aside five minutes each day to visualize what you want to see in yourself, perhaps a high-performer or super-fit person.
8. Photograph Yourself
Take a photo of how you look in your underwear or favorite dress. While a scale can be deceiving, a photo won't lie. You can also take a “before” photo of yourself along with your goal.
Make a video of yourself talking about your goals and then post it on YouTube or Instagram.
10. Sign A Contract
Write down what your workouts will entail, how often you'll do them, and perhaps your end goal. You can do this with a friend, as well.
Need help in designing a workout plan just for you and sticking with it? A trainer like Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo can work with you to meet your fitness goals.
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