Let’s be real. After a long day of work, exercise is the last thing on your mind. If you’re like me, a frosty beverage and some mindless TV usually derail your workout routine.
So how do you circumvent your couch potato tendencies and stay motivated and on track day in and day out to reach your fitness goals?
I must have read a hundred articles about motivation leading up to and during my four-month long marathon training program. I found a lot of useful information that helped motivate me to finish my first marathon. Most of it was boiled down to the following seven exercise motivation tips, which can apply to any exercise program.
Be sure to add a comment below about other motivational tactics that have worked for you.
- Immerse Yourself – Fully commit yourself to your new fitness challenge. Read about how others have achieved your same goals. Ask your friends how they achieved theirs. Join a gym, hire a personal trainer or buy a new workout video. Everyday you wake up you should be thinking about and planning your next workout.
- Be Accountable – Tell your friends, coworkers, wife, husband, dog, etc. about your new fitness challenge. Telling other people about your new training program serves two purposes. You get a close group of friends to give you encouragement and a close group of friends to ask how your workout program is going. Can we say accountability? Who knows, you might find a new workout partner too!
- Set Weekly Goals – Nobody says you have to become an Olympian overnight. Starting off with realistic goals is necessary. A goal such as “run twice this week” is more attainable than “run a 4-minute mile five times this week.” Plus, achieving these little goals not only increases your fitness steadily, it also builds your confidence bit by bit… which sets yourself up to want to continue your workout program.
- Log It – Along with writing your goals down, you’ll want to keep track of your weekly fitness program. Use a pad of paper, an online journal or on a few Post-It notes. It doesn’t have to be fancy. The reason you want to write it down is that you can track your progress. I dare you during week four to look back at week one and not feel good
- Buddy System – A workout partner is worth their weight in gold. You can feed off each other’s energy. When one isn’t as motivated as the other, that’s ok, usually the other one is. You can create mini competitions between each other for even better results!
- Eat Better – I’m a huge proponent of eating healthier as it gives your body better fuel to munch on… providing longer-lasting energy for exercise. You are what you eat so nutrition is just as important as the actual activity.
- Music and Pictures – Ok, this is kind of a “two for.” Besides, “seven tips” sounds better than “eight tips…” Music is definitely a moodsetter. Whether you rock out to Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract,” Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Bad” or ACDC’s “Thunderstruck,” is of no consequence, it’s just good music ment to move your body. It increases your blood flow, gives you a bit more energy and gets you sweating to the 80’s!Before and after pictures are important too! Each week you’ll see a bit of change… whether it’s a physical change or just something about you. You’ll notice it. Trust me on this one.
BONUS TIP – I’m making all of you a copy of DTM’s Workout Mix. Trust me when I say this… you might just breakout into dance at anytime!