How To Keep Your Fitness Motivation Up
Let’s face it, we all have those days when we just don’t feel like working out. Maybe you feel super tired, the kiddos are driving you bananas, it’s a dreary, cold day out, or you feel stressed and you’d rather just go home and veg out in front of the TV. While we all have these days occasionally, the real work comes with how you deal with it and how to keep your health at the forefront of your decision-making. Goal setting can play a big part in mentally overcoming such obstacles.
Make goals unrelated to a scale. Too often we get frustrated that the number on the scale isn’t going down. We get discouraged and may feel like it’s pointless and give up. When you begin to fall into a slump it helps to write down a few performance goals to keep inspired. Sign up for a road race, stay 15 minutes longer than usual on the treadmill or up the incline level, or use a heavier set of weights than you normally do. These goals can be short-term or something that may take a while. The point is that you take baby steps to eventually get you to your end goal.
Involving your family in your goals can help keep motivation levels up. A charity walk that you and your family can do together, a commitment to a weekly stroller jogging group, meeting up at the mall to walk with a friend and your kids – whatever it may be, we tend to keep motivation levels up when we have workout buddies and a family who is active with us.
Keep the focus more on taking charge of your fitness and feeling good about your progress, because every bit of activity you do is benefiting your overall health; and THAT is something to smile about and feel proud of!