You made a New Year’s resolution to get fit; you started January with a great attitude, but now it’s spring, and you’re not enthusiastic about exercising. Does this sound familiar? You’re not alone because many people lose interest in their fitness plans if they get bored or aren’t seeing the results they want to see. So how can you stay motivated? We’ve got some helpful tips.
- Set reasonable, achievable goals. Goals that are too ambitious can end up being more frustrating than helpful. Set simple goals at first, then move on to longer-range goals. If you’re not used to walking, don’t set your first goal as completing a 5K walk. Instead, set a goal of walking 10 minutes a day five days a week, then move up to 30 minutes a day, gradually working up to your 5K walk.
- Find an exercise that’s fun! If you’re not enjoying your workouts, it’s easy to lose your motivation. Instead, find something you enjoy doing, like volleyball, martial arts, or ballroom dancing. Take a class at your athletic club or work out at home with an online video. Take a walk in the park or explore local hiking trails.
- Incorporate activity into your daily routine. It can be hard to fit in a workout, but don’t let a lack of time be your excuse for not exercising. Instead, find ways to be more active throughout your day. For example, walk around the outside of a field while your kids play a sport, take a walk on your lunch break, park at the far corner of the parking lot, or exercise while you watch television.
- Write it down. When you write down your goals, it’s easier to remember what you’re trying to accomplish. Keeping a fitness journal can also be helpful as you record your efforts and track your progress.
- Enlist some support. You’re probably not the only one who needs motivation, so rally your friends, family, or coworkers to join you in your efforts.
- Treat yourself. Be mindful of the good feelings you have after an exercise session for an internal reward that will help boost your commitment. Use external rewards, treating yourself to a new pair of walking shoes, a massage, or new tunes to listen to during your workout.
- Remain flexible. If you’re too busy or unmotivated, don’t be afraid to take a day off. Give yourself a break when you need it, then quickly get back on track!
Sometimes the best motivation is being part of a club where you can receive expert training and enjoy the camaraderie of others pushing toward their fitness goals. At the Wellbridge Family of Athletic Clubs, we offer world-class training that keeps up-to-date with the latest health and wellness. At our clubs, you’ll be greeted by our friendly team before you’re challenged and motivated by top-notch instructors in our fitness classes. You’ll make new friends because you belong here. So join today or contact us to learn more.