Starting a new fitness regime can be very intimidating, especially if you are just beginning. Many people are concerned that they will not have enough motivation to keep them going for an extended period of time. This article discusses three ways that are guaranteed to help keep you motivated in your new fitness routine. Not only will you feel great after beginning exercise, but you’ll be on the path to great health. Start today!
Set a Goal for Yourself
One of the most important ways you can stay motivated when starting a new fitness routine is to set a goal for yourself. Research has found that people who simply say “I am going to start exercising,” may have great intentions but, without an end goal, they are likely to stop exercising at some period of time. For best results, start slow and work your way up. For example, start by saying “I am going to exercise three days this week.” If you do, in fact, exercise all three days, you should treat yourself. Not only did you obtain your goal, but you started a healthy habit that can improve the quality of your life! Buy yourself a small trinket, go see a movie, or treat yourself to a magazine. All of these things are guaranteed to keep you motivated to exercise. As exercise becomes a part of your routine, start increasing your goals. For example, say “I am going to walk in a 5k.” After the 5k, plan on jogging in a 5 mile race. Keep setting small goals for yourself in order to keep yourself engaged and interested in the activity.
Exercise with a Friend
Exercising with a friend is another great way to stay motivated during exercise. Often, it is too easy to say that you are tired from work, have to make dinner, or need to get home to feed the dog after work. However, if you know that there is a friend waiting for you at the gym, chances are higher that you will, in fact, go exercise that day. For best results, be sure to choose a friend that is at a similar fitness level as you. If you choose someone who is too advanced, you’ll become discouraged due to your inability to keep up and, similarly, if you exercise with someone who is less fit than you, you’ll always be waiting for them.
Track Your Progress
A final important way to keep yourself motivated when starting a new exercise routine is to track your progress. Keep a journal that states how long you exercised for, what type of activity you participated in, how you felt before, during, and after the activity and, if possible, how many calories you burned. This will be very helpful to monitor changes in your current fitness level and weight.