Exercise: How to Stay Motivated
We have all been there - the alarm goes off and instead of heading to the gym, you hit the snooze and roll over. It is recommended that Americans get in at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week (about 20 minutes a day), aboyt half of American adults are falling short of this goal. Regardless of what is killing your mojo - you have to pull up those tube socks and get back in the gym! Here are some ways to combat your motivational funk:
Think fun and variety - Change your exercise routine every four to six weeks by trying a new activity or changing your intensity or time.
Journaling - Write down your goals and review them daily. Dieters who keep a food diary loose twice as much weight as those who keep no records.
Use photos as a visual aid, i.e., a picture of yourself at your ideal weight pasted on the refrigerator door.
Time Block - Schedule exercise as you would a business meeting, a doctor’s appointment or other non-negotiable activity.
Fit it in were you can - If you have a busy day and can’t get in your full exercise time, break it up into 10-minute increments. March in place while watching TV. Run up and down your stairs 20 times. Take the dog for a short walk.
Track it - Wear a pedometer, FitBit, or Gear. Challenge yourself to get in a certain amount of steps per day (experts say 10,000 per day is the average of fit people).
Reach out - Find an accountability buddy or group. On the days your motivation lags, your friend(s) can be your cheering section. When they’re feeling lazy, you can talk them into working out.
Now, get up and get going!