“80 percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen
When it comes to exercising regularly, this is crucial! Few points to keep you motivated to do what seems to you like the toughest-assignment-under-the-sky, EXERCISE!
1. How you feel after a workout??
Almost everybody always feels great after a good workout. It’s a high. And I let that motivate you the next time: “You know how good you’re going to feel!!”
2. Time for you.
While you make time to take care of kids, spouse, other family and friends. You don’t often make time to take care of yourselves. Make “ME” time a priority. Take this chance of having a quality time for yourself and your contemplation.
3. Calories burned.
If you count calories, you know that the more you exercise, the more calories you burn — and the bigger your calorie deficit.
4. Having fun.
Enjoy the time!! Exercise should be fun. If it isn’t, try a different kind of activity that you enjoy. If the walls for the gym makes you claustrophobic, take up walking or swimming. If walking alone bores you, make your iPod work hard or still better have a friend who too needs a walk-partner! As long as you’re moving, it’s good for you.
5. How you’re going to look.
Imagine a slimmer, fitter you. Now let that visualization drive you. Being attractive!! That’s always a good motivator, as I’m sure we all know
Read fitness magazines. The success stories of real people is so inspiring. If they can, can’t you?
And the Cover models! Sure, they’re genetically blessed and probably Photoshopped to perfection. But for some reason, looking at how good a cover model looks helps motivate more than 60% people to work harder.
7. Blogs and success stories.
I enjoy reading blogs about people who are into running, or losing weight. It can show the ups and downs they go through, and you can learn from their experiences.
I find the success stories of others incredibly inspirational. If a fitness website has success stories, I’ll almost always read them.
8. Common Forums.
Join a forum full of like-minded or like-goaled peopled. Check in daily. Discuss the motivations and obstacle faced. It really helps.
If you exercise for a few days, give yourself a reward! A week? Another reward. Do it often in the beginning.
10. Fitting into new clothes.
Wanna look good in a smaller size? Work out! Think about the pretty gazes!!
11. Stress relief.
Wound up after a long day at the office? Get out and work off that stress. It makes a world of difference.
12. A workout partner.
Best thing you can do.
13. An exercise class.
Sign up for a class or gym, preferably with a friend, and you’ll be motivated to get there and work out. Just make sure, you don’t take the friendship to greasy eat-together after your classes. A coach or trainer is great for the motivation.
14. An exercise log/graph.
For some reason, writing it down is extremely important. Really!! Do it for a week and you’ll see how it helps.
15. The scale.
It’s not motivating to weigh yourself every day, as your weight fluctuates. But if you weigh yourself once a week, you’ll be motivated to have it keep going down, instead of up. Combine the scale with the measuring tape, and measure your waist.
16. Reaching a goal.
Set a goal for weight, or your waist measurement, or a number of days to work out, or a number of miles to run this week. Setting and tracking a goal helps motivate you to complete that goal. But remember to make it achievable. If you are need to reduce half your bodyweight and you target in 3 months, it won’t work, adding to your demotivation. Make small practical goals, work hard and rejoice success! (and don’t forget to call ME in case you are throwing a success party!)
17. Motivational quotes.
I suggest to print them out or put them on your computer desktop or cell-phone screen.
18. Others commenting on how good you look.
ULTIMATE!! When someone notices the changes in your body, it feels good. And it makes you want to work out more.
Eager to know your secrets about motivations! Please leave a comment!