We’ve all had those days when we wanted to skip the work out. You think to yourself that missing just this one won’t hurt anything, but before you know it, one skipped workout turns into two, then three and then before you know it, you’ve stopped exercising altogether.
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So what do you do when motivation fades?
There are actually many ways to keep your motivation high and yourself on your workout track.
Have A Fitness Partner
This is one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated. There are so many of us that are working toward the same goal – losing weight and keeping it off for good – so one of the quickest ways that more people can achieve their goals is to find a workout partner to keep them accountable.
Find a friend or relative and make a plan to keep each other on track every single day. Through texts and phone calls, you can keep each other motivated to get out there and move. Having another person who is counting on you to keep them motivated will also help you stay accountable.
Instead of thinking that skipping one workout won’t hurt anything, you will know that it will hurt you and your partner. Maybe he or she is having that same feeling, so grab a friend, motivate each other, get out there and exercise.
Have Fun With It
You don’t have to go to a crowded gym to get in a good workout but walking that treadmill to nowhere day after day will zap your motivation quickly. If you are suffering from a lack of motivation, maybe it is time to change it up. The next time you want to skip the workout skip the gym instead. There are many ways to get in an intense round of exercise without having to go to the gym.
One fantastic way to work out and have fun is to take a dance class. You can also try martial arts or join a sports team. Exercising doesn’t have to be structured and boring. Mixing it up and trying something new will keep you motivated so that you reach your goals quickly.
Have A Goal
An easy way to stay motivated is to set clear goals and track your progress. It’s simple to make a resolution to finally lose weight and get in shape but have you ever stopped to think just how you are going to do that? Without having clear goals and tracking your progress, you have no reason to remain motivated. That is why it is so important to have a clear plan to get to your goal weight.
Download a fitness tracker app or get a journal and write down your current weight as well as the amount of weight you would like to lose. Then, go to the journal each day to track you activity as well as your success. When you can easily see where you were and how far you have gone, it will keep you motivated to keep going.
Make It Part Of Your Day
One great way to stay motivated is to make exercise a part of your day so it becomes routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator to get in some extra steps throughout your day. Instead of sitting in the lounge during your break, use the opportunity to take a walk and get your heart rate up.
When you add little things like this to your day, you will start to see results and want to find more tricks to get moving and stay fit.