Sticking to Your Workout Plan
Find a workout buddy
It’s harder to hit the snooze button if you know there’s someone waiting for you to meet them at the gym or at the start of a jogging route. When “you” isn’t motivating enough, it’s time to enlist the help of others! Don’t wanna feel guilty, do you?
- Friends and family can be excellent motivators as you continue to lose weight. Not only can they offer you support along the way, they can also become participants alongside you.
- Gyms will often post listings for fitness partnerships or classifieds for training partners. Inquire at the front desk as to how you can be paired up with someone who is at a similar level of fitness.Be an equal motivator to your workout partners. Energize them, just as they energise you – the benefits should go both ways!
Think of being active, not just working out
Not every form of fitness geared towards weight loss is contained within a workout. Maintaining or pursuing a healthy body weight includes making physical activity a part of everyday life. Simply choosing to take the stairs over the elevator can help you reach your goals faster.
- In addition to the benefit of your waistline, moving frequently can alleviate feelings of sluggishness, and inspire you to continue moving throughout the day. Sometimes it’s the getting going that is the hardest part.
Get geared up
For most of us, shoveling out a chunk of change is a good way to get us feeling obligated to put that chunk of change to good use. Spending some of your hard-earned cash on workout clothes and gear can get you going in multiple ways:
- With new stuff, you’ll feel obligated to use it. Especially to get your money’s worth.
- You’ll feel more entertained – a new iPod, new music, a new water bottle – even the smallest stuff can excite an otherwise drab workout.
- You’ll look good. New clothes can make us feel like a thousand bucks. When we feel good, we’re more likely to reach for our goals.
Stick to what feels right
Even if what you prefer doesn’t quite go along with fitness trends or expectations, do it anyway. While it’s great to challenge yourself, it’s also great to pursue your strengths. By allowing yourself to be flexible in the way you pursue your weight loss, you’ll be more likely to hit your ideal stride. Little switch-ups can make a big difference. For example, consider basic questions like:
- Are you more likely to work out in the morning or in the evening?
- Do you like to work out in large groups, in smaller groups or by yourself?
- Are you motivated by rewards, or are they easy to turn down?
Once in a while – especially when we just get started – it’s easy to think, I’m gonna run 10 km a day and stick to 500 calories for each meal and I’m gonna lose 10 kg in 30 days. Well, for starters, no. Just no. That’s not how things work. Go easy on yourself – you don’t want to throw up the “Closed for repairs” sign on your doors just yet.
- Biting off more than you can chew is, aside from not good for your motivation, bad for your health. You can’t run before you can walk, so don’t aim for ridiculous workout (or diet) goals right off the bat. Ease your way into it. Only increase your workout by 5 or 10% each time, regardless of whether or not you feel you can do more. You may wind up hurting yourself or wearing yourself out so much you don’t get back at it tomorrow.
Mix it up
Running 5 km a day to stay in shape and lose weight is a great idea. It will be effective and get the job done. Until you get bored out of your mind and stop. Do yourself a favorit and switch up your routine. Your mind and your body is getting bored stiff.
- Don’t think of it as taking a day off, because you’re not. If you trade a day at the gym for a hike or a day at the pool, great! You’re still staying active. Then when you get back at the gym, it’ll feel that much better having taken a break. You’ll feel rejuvenated and re-energized.
- It’s basically the idea of doing a whole bunch of different types of workouts. Not only does it keep you mentally in the game, but it balances you out, too. Just running doesn’t make you in shape, nor does just strength training. Cross training means you’ll be ready for anything.
Sometimes we need little reminders of why we’re doing what we’re doing, and pictures can do just that. Get some pictures and post them around your office, the kitchen, or on your desktop. What kind of pictures? Glad you asked. There are two ways to think of this:
- Find old pictures of you that remind you of what you want to look like. Knowing that you had it once lets you know you can have it again!
- Find pictures of others whose bodies you want to emulate. Being bombarded with something you want and are working toward can be great motivation.
Whether it’s for a class or a 5k, sign up. Having some concrete activity to do or work toward keeps you training and keeps you in line. If it’s a race, you have a definite date you’re working toward, literally putting a deadline on your training. Nothing is up in the air anymore, floating around in a “I’ll get in shape when I get in shape” sort of way.
- Don’t know of any races coming up? The Internet is right in front of you right now. You’ve no excuse! Runnersworld.com and Active.com have fairly comprehensive lists of upcoming races being held all over the place.