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Six Ways to Stay Motivated For Exercise

Do you battle with yourself to do some form of exercise each day, each week, each year? You are not alone. We all have that conversation in our head, sometimes. You know, the one that says “I need to do some exercise today, but you know what, I just don’t feel like it”. But don’t despair, it may be that you are just suffering from a lack of motivation, which once easily rectified you will be back doing a form of exercise that you actually enjoy, simply by following one, or all of the six tips below.

Tip One: Long term motivation comes from within.
Motivation is possibly the biggest determining factor when it comes to being successful with your exercise program. Your level of motivation can make or break your plans. That is why it is so important to be clear on the underlying values and feelings that your exercise program will give you before you even start. Know why you are performing the exercise program and identify the steps that you will be taking by setting specific and realistic goals. If they are very clear and you feel 100% committed to their achievement then nothing will get in the way of your success. Your subconscious mind works like a heat-seeking missile; it will always hit what it is aiming for. So guarantee your level of exercise success by pursuing activities that you feel passionate about.

Tip Two: A stitch in time saves nine.
If we fail to plan, we plan to fail, At the beginning of each week, or each day, decide what exercise you are going to perform, for how long and at what time. Make sure that you have whatever equipment or support you need. That way, when it is time to take action, you will not have to think about it and you can just turn up and get on with it. Always be sure to identify any potential obstacles that you may encounter with your program and design a strategy to overcome them so that they will not affect your progress toward your exercise goals.

Tip Three: Incorporate fun and variety into your program.
Developing a variety of fun and interesting activities in your program will help you to stay interested and reduce boredom. Fun and variety also reduce the chances of you dropping out and help you to ensure that you have a holistic and well-balanced program that ensures on-going results. Try an outdoor group class one day, a boxing session the next to provide you with added stimulus and to spark further results and motivation.

Tip Four: Train with a friend, group or personal trainer.
Identifying a like-minded person or group of people in your life that has similar exercise goals and that you enjoy training with will support you to achieve your goals a lot faster. Even better, you and your friend(s) may want to hire a personal trainer for a period of time, they will tailor a program specific to your needs, keep you accountable, inspire you to train harder than your friend(s) will and best of all will never miss a session because they dont feel like it.

Tip Five: Acknowledge Yourself
Often we get caught up in the things that we haven’t achieved in our lives, which take our focus away from what is really happening. If you are struggling to see any personal progress with your exercise routine, then I recommend writing a list of everything you have achieved so far (and this could include your diet and other areas of your life that have shown some positive change. Such as reduced alcohol intake, higher libido and better sleep quality). This will quickly give you a different perspective on your exercise program and the progress you are making toward your goals.

Tip Six: Celebrate Your Success.
Perhaps the best way to acknowledge yourself is to reward yourself every time you achieve a significant goal. Rewarding yourself builds motivation and confidence. Each time you achieve a goal, CELEBRATE! You deserve it! You will notice, as you begin to achieve your exercise goals, that the feelings of achieving the goals are often the greatest rewards. The feelings of strong self-confidence, self-belief and heightened self-worth that come with achieving your goals are priceless.

Here’s to your increased motivation and much awaited return to a successful and fun training program.

The author Andrew McCombe (BPhEd) is a Personal Trainer, Life Coach and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner, Author and Speaker. For more information download the Free 10 EASY Steps to Your Perfect Body E-Book at http://www.activateyourweightloss.com.au

Get Motivated to Workout

It takes a lot of work to exercise, but sometimes the hardest part is just getting motivated to start in the first place. People get bored quickly doing the same workout routines over and over again. There are ways to avoid this and make exercise and fitness training a fun enjoyable habit instead of a boring chore. To do this, you have to have the proper motivation. Not having the proper motivation can make any activity unenjoyable and hard to get started or continue doing. This lack of motivation keeps you from achieving your desired results.

Unfortunately, motivation may not happen overnight and is something you may have to work at. You may have to vary your type of motivation over time so that you don’t lose it. The best motivation is probably why you started working out in the first place. Think about what may you want to begin an exercise routine. This primary motivation may be weight loss or muscle gain. This primary motivation should continue to be your main source of inspiration and should be used to push you through.

Using visual reminders is a great way to keep focused on your goals and stay motivated. If losing weight is your goal, put up an old picture of you at your ideal weight to visually remind you of your motivation. Hang this up somewhere where you will see it often especially in times of doubt or when you feel less motivated.

Another motivation method is to workout with a partner. This will give you someone to push you through the difficult times and help you reach your goals and stay motivated. Try to team up with someone with similar goals as yours so that you can also be a motivator for them.

Finally, keep track of your progress. Everyone gets excited and more motivated when they see results. If you aren’t tracking the results, you may not be as aware of the changes as others are.

These are just some simple ways to keep you motivated when you start a workout routine.

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How to Stay Motivated and Get the Most From Your Exercise Program

If you’re like most people, exercise is not on the top of your list of favorite ways to kill time. Sure, we try to convince ourselves that we actually find hours on the treadmill or elliptical machine to be peaceful and relaxing. But the truth is, we’d rather be sitting on the couch with a half-gallon of chocolate ice cream. But the stark reality is that the number of people who are either overweight or obese is growing worldwide. In fact, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest projections, by 2015 approximately 2.5 billion adults will be overweight (body mass index, or BMI, of 25 or higher) and 700 million will be classified as obese (BMI of 30 or higher).

If you are in this group, or on your way to being in this group, there are some serious health issues you need to be aware of, including increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. So what can you do? Two things: diet and (gulp) exercise. Yes, there’s no getting around it. Whether you want to improve your overall health or just look better in those tight jeans, you’ve got to exercise. We’ve all been there, we start out with the best of intentions, gung-ho to get fit. We hit the gym, pound the pavement and crank up the cardio. But somewhere along the line we hit that darn wall. These are some tips to help you stay motivated and burst through that wall like it wasn’t even there.

1. Have an Explicit Goal “I want to lose some weight,” is an ambiguous and an indefinable statement. You could lose two pounds or twenty pounds and not know if you’ve reached your goal. Be specific with your goals. Determine your target body weight and identify a number of pounds you need to lose to get there. Other goals could include a target BMI or waist size. The point is to be specific and realistic. As you get closer to reaching your target, you will remain motivated to keep going. You may even reach your goal and keep going because you have now made exercise a part of your daily routine.

2. Develop a Strategy Most of us can’t rely on willpower alone. To lose weight and keep it off, you need a solid strategy consisting of both diet and exercise. They are two sides of the same coin and the two necessary ingredients for successful weight loss. You need to incorporate these into your daily routine. With food, you need to make a plan (maybe weekly or monthly) for what you are going to eat each day. With exercise, same thing. Think through your schedule and slot in exercise “appointments” and stick to them. If you have a doctor’s appointment scheduled and something else comes up, you’ll most likely say, “sorry, I can’t make it because I have a doctor’s appointment.” You need to treat your exercise appointments the same way.

3. Baby Steps Big goals may get us excited at first. But our excitement usually turns to frustration soon after we set out on our way and that big lofty goal looks a million miles away. It’s important to not bite off more than you can chew. Getting back to the first tip above, make your goals explicit and attainable. Then, as you achieve your goals, you continue to adjust them, enabling you to consistently meet milestones and create a sense of accomplishment.

4. Monitor Your Progress Keep a daily, weekly or monthly log of your activity. When you first start out, you will be able to walk or jog so far, or lift so much weight, or do x number of sit-ups. If you write it down each day, you’ll be amazed at how much more you can do after only a few weeks of your regimen. This is an incredible way to keep yourself motivated by being able to see how far you have come in a short period. Just be cognizant of the fact that over time, your progress will be less than it was when you started but it is still a great sense of achievement to look back and see what great strides you have made since you started.

5. Construct a Realistic Timeline You’ve identified your goals. Now it’s time to set a timeline. How far do you want to go in a month? Six months? A year? Having a timeline creates that extra amount of positive pressure you need to keep on track. It’s all too easy to procrastinate but if you have a target date, you can’t procrastinate forever and reach your goal. It may even be a good idea to pick a date that coincides with an important event, such as a wedding or reunion.

6. Reward Yourself When you reach a milestone you deserve a reward. You’ve worked hard to get there and you should enjoy the moment. So attach rewards to your goals and you will be that much more motivated to get there.

Kelly Richards is NOT a fitness or diet guru. He is just a regular guy who likes to eat food that’s probably not the best for a healthy lifestyle. As a result, like many of us, he has fought the battle of the bulge on a regular basis. This article documents effective strategies based on real-life experience.

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What Keeps Me Motivated / Fitness Journey

What Keeps Me Motivated / Fitness Journey

Hey My Loves , I wanted to show you guys how I’m staying motivated to keep going on my fitness journey … Thank you all for being so supportive of me …Do …

Don’t let the cost of a gym membership or your fear of the gym deter you from getting fit. There are many ways to get fit in the comfort and convenience of your own home that are as effective as going to the gym. Check out these tips on how to make fitness possible, regardless of where you choose to go!

Keep track of your workouts. Keeping a daily or weekly log, tracking all of your workouts, ensures that you are making progress in your exercises and it will help hold you accountable. Write down things, such as duration, frequency, weight sizes and sets, reps and how your workout made you feel.

Being fit isn’t all about lifting weights. Cardiovascular exercise plays an important part of fitness as well. Activities, such as jogging or cycling, can get your heart pumping really fast, in order to burn off excess fat. It gives your muscles a workout and increases leg and core strength.

Set a schedule for yourself if you’re having difficulty committing to exercising. Decide the number of days that you will work out each week and make a commitment to follow your schedule. When you miss a day, plan a replacement workout session, and make it a priority equal to your regularly-scheduled workouts.

Avoid working your abdominal muscles every day of the week. Instead, target them no more than two or three days per week. Like any other muscle group in your body, the ab muscles need time to recover between intense workouts. Doing abdominal exercises every day will not speed up the process of developing toned abs.

Join the kids at night for a quick game of tag, hide and seek, or some other physically active game. The time will fly away as you forget the troubles of the day and marvel in the energy that kids seem to just radiate. That energy is catching! Use their playfulness to your advantage in your quest to get fit.

If you are going to the gym, try to strength-train with weights as much as possible. This is beneficial as it will help to reduce the amount of fat in your body and increase tone, helping to give you the shape you want. Do not strength-train too much, as this can strain muscles and set you back.

After you workout, you should never take a pill immediately following. Researchers have discovered that taking pills like ibuprofen and acetaminophen weren’t any more effective than a placebo in decreasing muscle soreness after a workout. In fact, these pills can actually lower the rate of your muscle growth if you take them following a workout.

When you are eating out, take your time with the menu. Many restaurants now offer a healthy selection of meals that are full of nutrients and are low in calories. If you can’t find anything that looks like it will benefit you, don’t be scared to speak up and they might be able to make you something.

A great way to stay fit is to ride the bicycle. The one at the gym works too, and while riding it, you should stay between 80 and 110 revolutions per minute. You will actually ride for a longer distance and you will go faster without becoming tired.

When you run, you should build up more and more and go longer distances faster then when you previously started. One week out of every six, you should try and give your body a rest and chance to recuperate by running only half the distance and half the speed.

If you injure one of your arms, don’t stop exercising the opposite one. Technically, when you work out one of your arms the muscle nerves in the opposite arm are stimulated too. It’s been found that working out one arm can increase the strength in the other by ten percent.

A great fitness tip is to search online for new exercises. There are a lot of great sites that have tons of resources including new workout routines and different exercises. If you find your current workout routine getting stale, go online to find and try out some new exercises.

After several weeks of sticking to the regimen that you created at the gym, pick up the pace. This will increase the desire that you have and also improve your overall results. It is always better to give yourself a challenge, especially if you are trying to elevate your strength.

Make sure that in the initial stages of planning your fitness routine to level off your expectations. If you set your goals too high, you will be putting yourself in a position for a letdown, which could reduce the motivation that you have and curtail the goals that you want to achieve.

To feel fresh during your workout, try to eat a cup of blueberries or strawberries beforehand. Berries are a great source of antioxidants, as they can help you to reduce the amount of toxins in your body. This is a fantastic way to help reach your highest capacity while working out.

As you can see, there are many ways to get fit – whether at home or in a gym. You can spend nothing or as much as you want on equipment, but regardless, you can always get a great workout. Incorporate these tips into your fitness routine and enjoy the perks of just ‘rolling out of bed’ and getting right into your workout.