Motivation strikes! You go out and buy new sneakers, the latest trendy work out clothes, and joined the gym, not only a month-to-month membership, but a full year commitment! You figure that all the money you put into this exercise endeavor will surely keep you motivated. Yet, six months into the program, you find exercising at the bottom of your long To Do List. You're not alone; many people who begin exercise programs drop out before the six-month mark.
If you are having this issue, try these tips to make exercising a part of your routine.
Treat your workouts like a non-negotiable appointment
When your To Do List becomes longer and longer and time feels increasingly shorter and shorter, exercise may be the first thing to go. Classify exercise as a high priority, not last on the list or an optional appointment. Also, exercising on the same days at the same time will help your routine become a fixture in your life. Before you know it, not going to the gym will feel unusual.
Set realistic and attainable goals
For example, "I will look like an athlete after two weeks of exercising" is not likely. Rather, set short-term goals as stepping-stones to your ultimate, long-term goals. For instance, be proud of yourself if you make it to the gym two or three times a week consistently for one month. Commitment can be very challenging and a great accomplishment to be proud of. As you attain each goal, you gain encouragement and further motivation.
Find an exercise buddy whose goals and interests are similar to yours
A friend or family member cannot only make exercise more fun, but can also add that extra motivation you need and vice versa. Sometimes all you need is to hear your buddy say "Ready for the gym today?" and you'll feel a renewed commitment and obligation.
If you have some other ways that you have made exercise part of your everyday life, leave a comment in the box below.
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