Many of my friends give up even before they start exercising. When I ask them why, the answer is always: “I need motivation to workout, but not now“.
Do you know what separates successful people from the rest?
Hard work and discipline.
So don’t let your excuses get stronger than your will to change.
It’s a long path until you make it to the point when you can call it exercise routine as part of your lifestyle, but with the right motivation and plan, it can be your every day habit.
You can get over your excuses only if you motivate yourself.
Devotees to positive thinking have long promoted visualizing the benefits of a behavior as a motivational strategy. So do whatever works for you to keep you moving forward.
The trick to exercising regularly is getting creative and finding your natural motivations.
Make a plan and start small
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu said.
First thing to do is to decide to change your life in order to live healthier and happier.
Set your goals high, but at the beginning start small in order to better prepare yourself for the journey.
Every start is hard because you are too far from the goal, so the best option is to break up your goal into smaller units and make little victories.
Such organization plan can keep your motivated through the process. If you have a process goal, such as a target number, you will stick to the routine with significantly more success.
Customize your workout routine
Everybody needs different type of workout.
At the beginning, you need to adjust your exercise routine depending on your needs and what it that you want to accomplish. For more efficient results, customize your workout in little ways. Focus on how it feels and find your mode in order to be satisfied with your routine.
The results will come easily if you work what you like.
And if you like what you work you’ll be more successful at fulfilling your purpose.
Keep your willpower up
Replace the thought of exercise like burden and make it activity like every other.
“I have to do” replace with “I love to do”.
If your workout doesn’t show results at start, the easiest way is to give up. But before quitting, remind yourself that body fat wasn’t formed in a month, so it is irrational to expect it to change immediately.
As Toni Horton says: “P90X means 90 days, not 90 minutes”.
The hard work will pay off, just keep your willpower up. That includes avoiding situations that present temptations and keeping up with your exercise schedule. The easiest way to keep up is to treat working out like some important appointment you must attend to.
Make little reminders
Keep the best picture of you to maintain motivated or pair of jeans you love and want them to fit you perfectly. Display your workout gear all over your house. Visual cues are a wake-up call to your brain. Looking at them while working something else, will remind you to exercise, making it part of your everyday activities.
Invest in new clothes
Also, the good thing for motivation is to invest in more workout clothes. This will help you to embrace “new” you.
Having the right clothing reinforces your identity as an exerciser. This action makes working out an integral part of your life.
Stop making excuses that you don’t have time. The time-trimming trick is making intervals.
On busy days, make a deal with yourself and start exercising for 15 minutes. Try and you’ll see that even on bad days when your schedule is super busy, taking few minutes for working out can do miracles.
Just stick the DVD in the player and see what happens. You just can’t feel bad after a workout.
Someone said that “the only workout you’ll ever regret is the one you didn’t do” and this action will increases the odds the routine becomes a habit.
Maintain your energy level
Make reminders on your phone, even for small snacks, because eating frequently helps steady your blood sugar levels, keeping energy up and appetite down.
Exercising at even a very easy pace will give you more energy than if you sit it out.
Keeping up a journal of activities
Writhing down your goals reinforces your mind. Or buy a calendar and mark your little victories. (For every day you do P90X, for making personal record, maintaining a full program etc.) Keeping up a journal materializes your progress and allows you to sustain motivated for new challenges.
Share your progress online
Online sharing your exercise routine can offer an extra layer of social support. It is motivation boost when someone else notices your progress.
Reinforce your new, athletic persona by surrounding yourself with like-minded people. On numerous online platforms you can start or join a group of people with similar interest in order to support each other to endure the specified goal.
Involve others and make a contest
Everything is easier with a friend. Competition turns a solitary pursuit into a fun group of one. Action of competing is actually pulling each other along and not allowing giving up. Involving others validates that you’re working toward a similar goal.
Making promises in front of friends makes you obligated to fulfill the commitment. The best number of group members is more than 4 and smaller than 10.
Frequently competing will encourage you to push your boundaries and fulfill your goal while having a good time socializing with your friends.
The contest can be for anything: most hours logged at the gym or highest percentage of body weight lost. That kind of group will easy recognize when someone is not feeling motivated and will encourage him to move forward together.
Believe in yourself
Change the perception of yourself from someone who is lazy to someone who exercises, someone who is healthy, someone who is successful.
Work out for your health and appreciate your body. Know yourself in order to help yourself.
Everyday try to push your boundaries, even for an inch. Be patient and visualize your goal.
For positive reinforcement it is important not to lose the will power for endurance through your mission. Remind yourself that the benefits of exercise are so much more than losing weight.
Exercising is the right lifestyle in order to live longer, healthier and most importantly, happier.