We’re just a couple of months away from putting our goals for the new year into action. One objective that many people set on an annual basis is getting into shape. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people, those efforts end up being short-lived. We’re going to help you get started off the right way by providing you with motivating tips to help you stick to a fitness routine.
You already have a job. If exercise feels like work, you aren’t going to want to do it. Physical training needs to feel like a hobby or part of your recreation. Incorporate the things you love. If you are a fan of the outdoors, ride a bike or go for a daily walk. If you prefer a gym environment, get a membership. If you prefer to be alone when you exercise, learn some bodyweight exercise you can do at home with a simple app.
If you get injured or wake up too sore to move, you are not going to want to workout ever again. Start off slow and work your way up to more intense exercises. You only need about 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week to improve your health significantly. That’s less than half an hour per day. So don’t feel like you have to carve an hour per day out of your busy schedule. If you only have 15 minutes today, that’s better than nothing.
If you share your workout time with a friend, you are less likely to cop-out for a silly reason. You can encourage each other to workout on the days when you really don’t feel like it. Plus, it can be an excellent opportunity for conversation and to strengthen your friendship. If you are going to spend time together anyway, why not also use that time to improve each other’s health so you can enjoy your friendship for many years to come.
Unless you are 95% of the way there already, you can’t expect to sculpt your ideal beach body in a few weeks. If your goal is to lose some weight and keep it off, that takes time. Even if you are just working out to improve your energy levels, you can expect to see limited results in the first few weeks and more significant results in three to four months.
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You need to have some way to track your progress so that you can see tangible results. You can take a selfie in the mirror every week wearing the same outfit to track changes in the appearance of your body. You can get an app that allows you to track your step-count, BMI, heart rate, and other metrics. When you can go up to the next size weights or down to the next size waist in pants, you will have even more motivation to continue.
You wear pajamas to sleep, work clothes to the office, and a bathing suit to the beach. Why? Clothes that fit the occasion help you focus on what you are doing and have the right features for that activity. Gym clothes are the same. When you wear them, you will focus on your workout. And fitness clothes are designed to help you move easily and not get overheated.
“I worked out today, I’m going to have this second piece of cake,” is self-defeating. “I’ve been working out daily for an entire month, so I’m going to get a massage,” is a great way to keep yourself motivated. Think of things that will really feel like a reward for your hard work but that won’t undo your efforts at the same time.
Don’t just workout 30 minutes per day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Park at the end of the row at the grocery store instead of driving around for 15 minutes to get a closer spot. Walk to errands that are nearby your home. You’re going to get the best results when being healthy is something that you do more than just 2.5 hours per week in concentrated sessions.
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