Even the most active individuals go through periods where it’s difficult to get up and moving. Don’t panic! Below, you’ll find five key strategies for staying motivated with your exercise program.
Jumping Back on the Exercise Wagon
Get to understand Yourself Better.
I always ask my clients two questions at the beginning of their journey:
What have been your obstacles in the past?
Why is it going to be different this time around?
Once you identify past barriers, you can prepare and plan for how to overcome them in the future. Start trading to succeed.
Staying on-track involves an enormous learning process. You will learn things about yourself such as your likes, dislikes, interests and inspirations. You may learned that you need more variety inside your routine or that you get bored walking around the treadmill. Maybe you think you'd do better in a group environment, and that’s fine! No program is ideal, so stick with activities that provide you joy.
Follow through with Your Plan
In my experience, clients who schedule their workouts ahead of time are more consistent with their exercise program. Life gets busy when you don’t plan ahead! If you are unable to work out at the same time each day, look ahead at the calendar each week and schedule your workouts that way. Treat your workouts with the same importance as a meeting or appointment.
Have an agenda B. Valid excuses show up such as getting held late at work or missing your carpool. What’s your backup plan? Have your trainer create a 20-minute workout plan to do at home. Sign-up for a personal training session online or pop in a quick workout DVD. It might not be your original plan, but you’re still sticking to your schedule. Something is better than nothing!
Track Your Goals
Once you’ve set your goals, I recommend frequently tracking how well you're progressing so that you follow through with them. Write your milestones down and reward yourself in a healthy way.
Remember that you may not see immediate results right away! We look at ourselves in the mirror daily, and lots of times we get frustrated when we don’t see much change after our hard work. Try not to let this discourage you! Should you don’t have access to body composition measurements, use cues like how your clothes are fitting and how your fitness level is increasing.
Reach Out to Others
You aren’t alone and there are numerous support communities available for you in case you need help. Examples include small group training, a weight-loss support group or an online training community.
Allowing others to carry you accountable is just as essential as holding yourself accountable. It can be hard to accomplish things on your own sometimes. Let your friends, family, trainers and coaches to help you succeed in this journey!
Life is filled with obstacles, and it’s okay when things get messy! Many of us struggle with the “all or nothing” mentality, but living a healthy lifestyle is not about doing things perfectly. It's about knowing how to get back on-track when obstacles obstruct. Did vacation throw you off of your workout regimen? That's okay. Forgive yourself and proceed with your program!
About the Author:
Jillian McAfee is really a Personal Trainer and General Manager for Downsize Fitness in Illinois. Jillian also coaches individuals all across the country in an online program called [email protected], powered through Helpouts by Google. She received her Bs in Kinesiology from Indiana University and it is a Certified Personal Trainer through The American College of Sports Medicine. She's played a large role in lots of individuals' weight loss journeys and hopes to do so for many years to come.