Today I am very excited to feature a guest post by Beth Waters, the extremely talented writer behind blog Carrots Over Cake. Beth loves being healthy and living an active life. Through her blog, she shares her advice and words of encouragement to help others do the same. Today, Beth gives some tips on how to stay motivated about exercise:
Exercise is crucial to feeling healthy and retaining your energy. You may, however, experience trouble staying motivated about exercising. Although a lot of people who start a new exercise regime lose motivation after the first few months, there are several ways to stay motivated push yourself over the proverbial fitness hump. Here are a few simple ways to help keep your exercise routine fresh, and help get you excited about exercise.
Mix it Up
A great way to stay motivated about exercising is to constantly
change your routine. On some days, maybe go for a walk in the park.
When you’re oozing with energy, it might be a good idea to do some kickboxing.
Maybe some power yoga will work better than step aerobics. Even if you don’t
have some of the luxuries like kickboxing or aerobics, you can always find a
way to add some variety to your exercise regimen.
Expand Your Horizons
If you can’t change how you burn calories, you can always change your scenery. Something as simple as doing your daily walk in a different location can make all of the difference.
Find a Workout Partner
Another great way to keep motivation high is to find a workout partner. By simply finding a workout buddy, you’ll be able to add a social aspect to your exercise regimen. It doesn’t even have to be the same person who exercises with you each and every time. If you have a workout buddy who you’re accountable to, it’s much harder to simply skip a workout. Aside from enabling you to socialize, a workout buddy will help to keep motivation high.
Setting a new goal is another great way to stay motivated. Although many people workout for the aesthetics, setting a goal can be much more powerful. You could, for example, set a goal to compete and finish a 10k race. Maybe you enjoy swimming and want to complete an event that involves swimming. Regardless of what specific goal you choose, simply make sure you have set some kind of goal. The purpose of setting a goal is to give your daily exercise a deeper meaning, which will help to keep motivation high.
Add a Little Incentive
You can also use treats. It doesn’t matter if it’s a heart rate monitor or some other accessory; you can give yourself a gift to keep motivation high. Also, accessories can make your workout endeavours much more challenging and engaging.
Try Keeping a Log to Chart Your Progress
Another way to stay motivated about exercising is by keeping a workout log. Regardless of what your fitness goals are, you should always track your progress. A workout log will enable you to quickly assess the fruits of your labor. Another benefit of maintaining a workout log is the fact that it enables you to make adjustments to your exercise regimen.
Finally, make sure to always reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in. By using just one or all of these tips, you should have no problem keeping your motivation sky high.
Beth is the mother of two children and would call herself a “supermom,” but she believes every mom has super capabilities. She dedicates her life to teaching her children to live healthy and happily. Her knowledge and proficiency in health and fitness comes from her experience writing for medical companies such as Liberty Medical. You can also check out other fitness, health, and family related posts at her blog.