As the summer draws near, you may be working on ways to get or remain in shape for warmer weather. Aside from feeling confident and looking good in a swimsuit, exercise is one of the most important routines to include in your life. It gets your heart and blood pumping and keeps your muscles strong and toned.
The number one issue that most people have when starting to workout is staying motivated. It may seem easy for the first couple of weeks but you may soon find that you are getting bored or sluggish. The key to remaining successful is to follow some of the below tips. There are always ways to stay motivated. Motivation will yield results. Here are five ways to keep your body moving when your mind is telling you no.
#1: Work with a trainer. Having someone to push and encourage you is invaluable. Consider hiring a trainer to keep you motivated and to teach you a new thing or two along the way. It will keep your progress on track and you may not get bored having someone there with you.
#2: Find a scheduled class. Whether you try spinning, Zumba, or an aerobics class, these sessions are a great way to switch up your routine and hold yourself accountable. For one, they are usually at least an hour long, which means you will not want to cut it short. It is also nice to workout alongside others. You may find that you push yourself harder when in a group environment. Grab a friend and see if they would like to come with you. Having a buddy (or even meeting a buddy in class) will make the time fly by and you’ll have much more fun working out.
#3: Purchase new workout clothes. Sometimes all it takes is a couple new pairs of workout pants and a bright new pair of sneakers to keep you motivated to remain active. If that is what it takes, head to your favorite store and grab a couple of items. Many stores offer coupons and sales on workout wear, so you do not need to worry about breaking the bank.
#4: Treat yourself every once in awhile. No, we are not talking about food. It is easy to treat yourself to food when you are working hard, but try not to unravel your progress. Instead, treat yourself to a day at the spa to loosen up those muscles and keep your body feeling good. Maybe you have been wanting to get a manicure or pedicure. The key is to not treat yourself until you have reached a set goal. When you reach that goal, pamper yourself however you’d like. Then quickly set a new goal with a new treat and start all over again.
#5: Set a goal and track your progress. Whether your goal is to lose 10 lbs or to lift 200 lbs, start by tracking it. Seeing your progress on paper (or even on your phone) over time can keep you motivated to keep going. It’s easy to forget about progress when you are not keeping an eye on it.
By incorporating some of these tips into your life, you may find it easier to stick to the habit of working out. Find the right motivation for you and you may find that it is easier to stick with exercise than ever before.