If you’ve ever been on a diet or tried a new exercise regimen, you know how hard it is to keep your spirits up once you’ve faced your first set-back. Sometimes staying motivated on your fitness is just as difficult as the workouts themselves. Here are some tips to keep your motivation in tact:
Focus On How You Feel. If you’re working hard and the scale is not showing it, ignore it. Take into account how you feel rather than what a few numbers say. Those numbers don’t really matter and are oftentimes not as accurate as you think. If you’re feeling healthier and your endurance is improving, then you’re making exceptional progress!
Surround Yourself With Positivity. Don’t let the Debbie Downers and Negative Nancys get the best of you. You know what you’re capable of doing. If others can’t or refuse to see this, you may want to put them on hold while you’re focusing on making yourself better and stronger. Keep positive and supportive people in your life so you can achieve the best personal results without anyone injecting their negativity into your routine.
Set Realistic Goals. Don’t try to overextend yourself. It can result in disappointment and failure. Make short term goals that you know are reachable. If you want to lose ten or fifteen pounds, don’t expect it to happen overnight. Progress takes time, so give it that.
Accept Your Body. Your body is your body and you should love it for what it is. It may not be the exact shape or weight you want it to be but you can’t live life expecting that you’re going to look like someone else. Everyones body functions in different ways, because of that everyone loses weight in certain places. Make health and fitness changes for a better YOU. Learn what your body needs. Learn what it can do. Listen to it and nurture it. And most importantly, love your body because you only have one.
Remember, fitness is not just physical. It’s a state of mind.