Thursday, September 18, 2014

Top Tips for Staying Motivated!

Always Have a Plan

Have you ever heard the saying, "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail?" If you haven't, please take note! Every goal you set, whether its getting into shape, going back to school or saving towards a house, needs to have a plan. How will you get to your desired destination if you don't plan a route to get you there? That's right! So grab a calendar and schedule work out sessions. How many days a week will you work out? Which body parts do you want to focus on and when? What will your meals be like? How will you assess your progress? These are all things that you need to figure out if you're going to be successful in achieving your fitness goals. Also, don't even think of making a mental note. I've tried this many times and I can tell you that writing things down works. A lot of us are visual creatures so we respond better when we see what we're working with.

Keep track of progress

As was briefly touched on in the previous point, you need to keep track of your progress. This doesn't mean just writing down measurements or your weight, but you can take before and after selfies or challenge yourself with an exercise move. Say you started out with only being able to 10 squats per set. Eventually, you'll find yourself being able to more with each set.  If you stick to your lean eating plan and workout sessions, you will see changes even if its not so obvious to others. This is help keep you motivated to keep pushing until you real your ultimate goal.

Change your Outlook

I get it. Workouts can be hard. Trying to fit it into your already crammed schedule is always a struggle. After a while, you start to think of it as another thing that needs to get a CHORE. STOP! Working out is "me time" to blow off steam and you're guaranteed to be in a better mood once you're done. Just as a day at the spa does your body good, so does workout . If you look at it that way, it's not so daunting right?

Plan for Lazy Days

Yeah, we all have those days when getting to the gym or working out outside seems feels like too much of a hassle or its just not convenient that day. That doesn't mean you get a free pass. There are so many resources online where you can find free  workout videos that can be done in the privacy of your home. You don't need gas. Your outfit doesn't have to look cute. Just grab your mat, some light weight if you have and you're ready to get your sweat on!

Mix Things Up!

Truth be told: I've never stuck to one routine for more than four week. That's just me and I get bored with my routine very . That's why I always mix things up by trying new workout routines that strike my interest. You may want to try Pilates one week or a HIIT class next week. Go for it! Even if you don't like it, at least you've narrowed down the list of what works for you on your journey to a healthier and fitter you!

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