5 Tips for Staying Motivated

When it comes to working out, staying motivated and sticking with your routine can be difficult at times. Over time, it becomes far too easy to start making up excuses to avoid your workout. If you have found yourself in a slump or if you feel as if you are heading in that direction, you might want to put these tips to work to help keep yourself motivated.

Tip #1:  Make Sure Your Goals are Realistic

One reason people give up on their workout routines is because they set high expectations for themselves or because they expect to see immediate results. Choose the time of the day that is most convenient for you so you don’t feel stressed out or pressured to squeeze in your workout. Also, choose an amount of time to dedicate to your workout that you know you can stick to and don’t become discouraged if you don’t lose 10 pounds in the first week. Remember, those who lose weight and keep it off over the long-haul lose only about 1 or 2 pounds per week.

Tip #2: Choose the Right Activity

You should also explore all of the different types of activities that are available and then select those that you enjoy doing most. If you have a couple different activities that you enjoy, try rotating them so your body doesn’t become used to your routine and so you don’t get bored with your activities.

Tip #3: Subscribe to Magazines and Newsletters

Magazines and newsletters can keep you inspired by providing you with ongoing advice and feedback. In addition, magazines and newsletters often include inspiring stories that can help you keep moving forward.

Tip #4: Sign Up for Activities

By signing up for physical activities, such as races and walk-a-thons, or by participating in team sports, you will be motivated to keep working out so you will be in shape for that particular activity. Not only will this help you keep your eye on a goal, you will also have a great time as you socialize with other people who are participating in the same event.

Tip #5: Reward Yourself

Everyone wants to be rewarded for a job well done, so why shouldn’t you be? By building a rewards system into your workout routine, you will be more inspired to stay committed to your workout.  Make a list of the things you will reward yourself with once you reach certain goals and then make sure to follow through with the reward – you deserve it!