Have you ever started a fitness program and then quit? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many people start fitness programs, but they may stop when they get bored, they don’t enjoy it or results come too slowly. Here are 4 tips to help you stay motivated.
1. What gets measured gets improved
Take some time today to see where you are at; body aches, how your clothes fit, how you feel, weight…then set a goal based on this! For example, if your knees ache and your doctor says it’s ok to move, set a goal for 5 minutes for 5 days a week! No more no less and then at the end of 4 weeks see how those knees feel. Any improvements you see and feel may help motivate you to keep going and do 10 minutes, then 15 until you’re doing 30 minutes of movement 5 days a week.
Here is a text I got from one of the Be Healthy Enough Online Exercise Platform members after she set a goal of doing 5 Minutes for 5 Days.
“Hi Amy! Five minutes goes so fast! I’m feeling proud of myself and not overwhelmed. I know I can keep up with this and will see how I feel after 4 weeks – thanks for helping me get unstuck.” Pat
2. Put it on paper
Get those goals and plans down on paper (or in your phone!) Plan when you’ll get that 5 minutes in, add it as an event in your calendar and decide what you will be doing. You may also find that it helps to keep an exercise diary. Record what you did during each exercise session, how long you exercised and how you felt afterward. Recording your efforts and tracking your progress can help show that you’re making progress.
3. Reward yourself
After each exercise session, take a few minutes to savor the good feelings that exercise gives you. This type of internal reward can help you make a long-term commitment to regular exercise. External rewards can help too. When you reach a longer range goal, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes or get those toes done or a facial (that’s my favorite reward).
4. Give Yourself a Break
It’s 8PM and you didn’t even fit in 5 Minutes, it’s OK, don’t beat yourself up or give up all together. Patients and consistency are the key to seeing progress and missing one day won’t hurt. Just get back to your plans the next day. If you over did it, try a different type of movement such as foam rolling or stretching. Go easy on yourself if you need a break. The important thing is to get back on track as soon as you can.
What exercise will you do today?
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