Happy New Year! The number one New Year's resolution each year is to get in shape and/or lose weight. Those who exercise regularly know that for a few weeks the gym is packed with new faces. They don't seem to last for more than a month and motivation is big part of the problem. Does a lack of motivation ever keep you from exercising? Here are a few secret motivation tips.
The first secret is to figure out why you want to exercise. It all comes down to your goals. Think deeply about what you want to achieve long term and what is really important to you.
Second you must make an initial commitment to follow through with the decision to exercise even when the excitement is gone. Commit when you are ready, and put an end to feeling guilty about not following through.
Break down your goals and describe what it takes to achieve them. How will you know when you achieve them? Set realistic, measurable, long and short term goals. Set a smaller goal each day to build towards a larger one, and always make sure you can measure your progress.
Track your progress by writing down your goals and chart your daily achievements. Keep visual reminders of past accomplishments. Give yourself objective feedback like how many calories you burned, what ratio of macronutrients you consumed, your heart rate during a workout, a pedometer counting the number of steps taken in a day to represent movement and energy expenditure. Objective feedback can become a fun game to see your numbers.
Avoid an all or nothing mentality. Give yourself flexibility and options to stick to your routine. The most important tip to stay motivated and consistent is to be accountable. Evidence suggests that people with support systems have a much greater affinity for exercise. Accountability means that at the end of the day you are responsible for your decisions, actions and, consequences. Sometimes utilizing others such as a family member or a personal trainer to help hold you accountable is a great idea! Use these tips in your routine and stay motivated you will be amazed at what you can accomplish this year.