Sometimes it’s hard to motivate yourself to workout. There’s always something to do in Houston, TX, that can divert your attention from exercise. The same thing is true of every city and municipality in the country. Whether it’s a busy schedule or just dreading the workout, it can end an exercise program very quickly.
One way to motivate yourself is to remember why you started working out in the first place.
Was it a glance in the mirror that made you wince or how tight your favorite outfit was? Sometimes, it’s not about looks but having stamina to keep up with others. A health scare is another motivating factor. Write down your reason for starting your program and post it where you can see it. When you’re tempted to skip a workout, that subtle reminder can help. Visualize accomplishing your goal or have pictures or posters that represent that visual.
Take a picture of yourself before you start your workout.
Every two weeks put on the same clothing and take a picture in the same spot. Changes are slow, and seeing the changes is very motivating. By taking pictures every two weeks, you can see the changes. If you’ve worked out for several months, comparing the before with a recent photo is eye-opening and dramatic. Those changes can spark pride and make you glad you started exercising.
Trainers get results. Holding you accountable is one reason.
If you’re working out at home and don’t have a trainer, you can get some of the benefits of a trainer by having a workout partner. When you workout with a trainer, you know the trainer is waiting for you at the gym, giving you more impetus to go. Like a trainer, the workout partner can do that and push you harder when you’re not putting forth enough effort. A workout buddy can provide friendly competition, too.
- Be consistent and make your workout a habit. Put your workout in your schedule as you would any appointment. Doing it the same time each day makes it a habit, which is harder to break.
- Change your mind. If you dread working out, it makes it harder to start. Find reasons to love your workout. Focus on how you feel, how it will feel to accomplish your goal or the new control you have over your muscles.
- Track your progress and make it a game. Write down every workout, the number of reps, and how hard it was to do. Record your weight, endurance, or any way you measure your success.
- You might not see changes in your body immediately, but you will notice changes in your energy level in the first few weeks. Look for every change and write it down or make a mental note about your improvement.
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