Like most people, I find it hard to stay motivated throughout the year to keep working toward my fitness goals. For the last few weeks the Olympics have inspired me to keep moving, but now that they are over I find myself wanting to exercise less and less, using every excuse in the book not to get moving. I have decided this week, I am going to schedule out my fitness activities each day to help with my lack of motivation. Motivation is essential to meeting not only your fitness goals, but also any goal you want to achieve. This got me thinking about other tips and tricks you can use to stay motivated. Check them out below.
Make it routine: Have a set time each day you intend to work out. If you schedule a set time for exercise, you are more likely to follow through. I am trying this myself in the upcoming week with my workouts.
Rethink your activities: Many times, boredom can make you feel unmotivated. I know this is one of my major hurdles. Try a group class at your local gym or recreation center. Most places offer fun classes like Zumba, TRX, kickboxing and spinning. If you don’t want to join a gym, don’t worry: most places offer drop-in classes for a small fee. If you love sports, you can also join an adult sports league. You can usually find leagues for softball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and even dodgeball at local recreation centers. If you enjoy what you are doing you are more likely to stick with it.
Find a friend: A lot of times I try to go it alone, but recently I have started working out with friends and wow, what a difference! By working out with another person or even a group, you now have someone to hold you accountable. It also gives you the chance to try new activities you wouldn’t have thought about. Who knows, maybe you will find something new you enjoy!
Get outdoors: Being outside is a great way to change up your routine and encourage motivation. You can go on a walk or run, ride a bike, play a sport, or anything else you can imagine. The best part is most of these activities are either free or low cost.
Set a goal: Set a goal. Give yourself something to work toward. Write it down and put it someplace you can see it. You could make a motivation board with inspirational quotes and items you are working toward to help keep you on track. Working to reach a specific goal can be a great motivator.
Use social media: Posting your goal or workouts on social media can be a strong motivator for some. Sharing your progress with others online will likely make you more accountable to your stated mission and also give you extra encouragement and well wishes, all of which is important to your overall success. Who knows, maybe your workout posts will inspire someone else to keep going!
remember to stay active, even if you don’t feel like it. If you have motivation
tricks you have used or you need some motivation email me at Val@rivervalleycu.org or find me on social media at Val Makes Cents!