5 Health Tips To Help You Stay Motivated!
We live in a crazy world. On one standpoint, we are as unhealthy as we have ever been in human history. On the other hand, we also live in a health-crazed society, in which some of the biggest industries are health-related. We all want to be healthy, but with all the unhealthy options available to us, it can often be a challenge.
We all get these rushes of motivation in which we finally decide to change our lives. Unfortunately, over time, this motivation dies and we go back to our hold habits. And if you are one of those people who quit shortly after beginning a fitness regimen, you are not alone.
91% of people who begin a fitness regimen quit before they had originally planned. And if you quit within the first 7 days, you are also not very unique. 62% of “wannabe” fitness enthusiasts quit within the first 7 days of starting their fitness routine.
This article is about finding ways to stay motivated to a workout regimen, to overcome the obstacles that stand in our way when trying to stay motivated.
In order for the motivation to stick, there must be something within you that drives you to continue going.
When the original gust of passion and drive wear off after the first couple workouts, why is it that you are still sticking to your workouts?
When the workouts are no longer fun and become a challenge, where is your motivation coming from?
Why is it that you are still doing this? What will be the reason to push past that obstacle?
Get a journal and write it down. If your reasoning is so that you can live to see your daughter’s graduation, write it down!
If your reasoning is because you want to prove to yourself that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, write it down!
If your reasoning is that you want to be healthier, more attractive, have more energy, and be happier, write it down!
Whatever your reasoning is, write it down. Plan in advance for that voice that screams at you, “Why are you doing this?!? You don’t need this!” It is only a matter of time before it comes. What is your response to that voice going to be?
Read your journal entry every time you start to feel doubt. Find that place within you that will overcome that obstacle! I promise it will be worth it.
I have some good news for you. If you can stick to your workout routine for 30 days, you are likely to form a habit.
Starting anything in life can be challenging. We think of all the different things we will have to do and all the energy that it will take out of us. When you start getting stressed about the challenging road ahead, stop.
Do one thing at a time. Everything takes time. It is a process. First, you may need to get a gym membership. Focus only on that.
Next, you have your first workout so… complete your first workout.
Don’t worry about the next week or the week after that. That will take care of itself if you take care of today.
When your new, healthy routine becomes a habit, the rest will be easy.
This can help create accountability. If possible, find a workout buddy who has had a workout routine for a long period of time. A reliable, consistent workout partner can be really helpful in motivating you on the days when it gets very difficult.
It may be easier to skip a workout when it is just you. If you are letting yourself and your partner down, it will be harder to skip. A good workout partner is great for improving your workouts both in and out of the gym.
It is a really important that you cultivate an atmosphere of encouraging, positive social support. If your closest friends and families are not supportive of your lifestyle change, it will make it that much harder to continue.
If you are constantly being ridiculed, laughed at, and put down for your goals, chances are you will give up.
Sometimes even the people that love us most do not want us to be different than them. By you choosing to be healthier, it may make some people feel bad about themselves, and as a result, cause them to lash out at you.
Do not take it personally. If possible, have a talk with them discussing how important this is for you that they are supportive.
If they are still not supportive, you can join some different men’s groups, join online forums, or even find some new, healthy friends!
Probably the most important advice is to create a plan. Look at your schedule and realistically think about when you can fit workouts into your busy schedule.
If the week is too busy, how about the weekends? Whatever you decide to do, plan in advance so that you can incorporate workouts into your weekly schedule without the added stress of rushing.
Plan in advance for possible issues. If you know you are late for work in the morning, prepare your workout bag at night.
If you know that you are typically hungry after work, prepare a meal so that you can eat after work on your way to the gym.
If you know that you are too mentally drained after work, go to the gym before work.
Go to sleep earlier and eliminate unnecessary time wasters, such as watching television late into the night. If you get adequate sleep you will have more energy for your workouts.
Planning in advance for possible problems and/or excuses can be the difference between sticking to a fitness routine, or not.
About Danny Maman My name is Danny Maman. I have a real passion for health and fitness and enjoy having a life that revolves around this. I have my bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in allied health. I am also a certified personal trainer with ACE and am a former college basketball player.