There’s no doubt that sticking with an exercise routine to lose weight day-in and day-out is a challenge. Working out is hard work, and the way to keep up with your workouts is to find the motivational techniques that work for you.
- Read motivational quotes – Some people are inspired by reading motivational quotes. Taking in positive messages relating to your workouts can be a powerful way to stay motivated before, during, and after your workouts. Remember that you are in control of your thoughts. Try keeping motivational messages within easy reach — on your phone, computer, mirror, car, or a bracelet to name a few ideas.
- Set small and large goals – It may seem overwhelming to lose weight, especially if you have to lose many inches. However, breaking a large goal up into smaller, short term goals is a way to increase motivation and success toward a long term goal. Make sure you celebrate the success of smaller, manageable goals.
- Get competitive – Some people find that they are more motivated when they are in a competition. If this is you, find a local sports league, bike race, or any other competitive event to get involved in. If you’re unable to find an organized competition, create one yourself that involves your own circle of friends.
- Have fun working out – Although the term “working out” has the word “work” in it, it doesn’t have to feel like work. There are so many physical activities that are fun, but also build muscle, strengthen your heart, and burn calories. Activities like swimming, dancing, playing tennis, or running along a New Jersey beach are fun ways to get your exercise in. The key is to find your own physical fitness passion.