Health Motivation: Why You Lose It and How to Maintain It - The Smiling Heart

Health Motivation: Why You Lose It and How to Maintain It

It is quite easy to lose the motivation to exercise especially when you’ve been doing the same workout routine every day. Though there are often a lot of factors involved, this is one of the many reasons why many people tend to take breaks from their workout, and eventually end up losing the motivation to get back to it again. Mental preparation is very crucial if you want to get motivated and get back to your workouts. By mentally and physically preparing yourself, you’ll give yourself the motivation needed to get back to your workouts and achieve your workout goals. In this article, we have complied tips that will not only help you get back to your workout, but will also help you maintain your motivation.

1. Set Goals
You should start by setting your fitness goals. Having fitness goals is a perfect way of staying focused and maintaining a consistent workout routine. If you’ve certain fitness goals set, you’ll find it much easier to stay accountable and meet the set fitness goals. Having clear long term and short term goals will make the process much more exciting. For instance, if you set a goal to lose 20 pounds before the end of summer, then you’ll be more committed and focused with your efforts. You can write down your fitness goals, and then place them on your refrigerator so that you’re able to see them every single day, and remind yourself exactly why you started working out in the 1st place. Have a goal to work towards, and when you achieve it, set a new one. By doing this, you’ll be truly amazed at the motivation this will create, and how much you will be able to accomplish.

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  1. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
    You took up this health kick for a reason, can you remember why? That is the biggest risk to your goals, forgetting what they are and why they are important to you. There are many different ways to keep your goals in mind, you just need to work out which one is best for you. Some things which have worked out well for others are:
  2. Setting an alarm on your phone at around the time you tend to be most tempted to either take a day off or break your diet. Add a note to your alarm explaining your goals to yourself. It might sound silly but it works.
  3. Find a motivating picture, such as one which highlights your body goals or what you want to be able to achieve with your better health, and print it on canvas then hang it somewhere you will see it every day. The permanence of the print, and the fact that you see it many times a day really helps keep you on track.

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This image is used with permission from TheCanvasFactory.com.au

  1. Make It Fun
    The best way of motivating yourself is finding a way for you to enjoy exercising. For instance, you can make running or jogging fun by listening to your favourite music when doing it. You can also download radio shows and podcasts about the topics you enjoy, borrow audio recordings of books from your favourite authors, and then listen to them as you exercise.4. Start Small
    Starting small means different things, to different people. To some, this can mean trying on the old running shoes, and then going for jog. But whichever the case, any action will inspire motivation. If you are having trouble exercising every day, you can start with 2 times a week, or even once a week, and then build from there. Remember, always start with something which you can be able to do effortlessly.
  2. Have a Workout Buddy
    When you make a fitness plan with a good friend, you will have someone who will support you all along the way, and someone who will hold you accountable. When you exercise with your friend(s) on a regular basis, you’re less likely to miss the workouts. Moreover, your friend(s) serves as an excellent support system to help keep you motivated. On the days you do not feel like working out, your friend can encourage and convince you otherwise. Remember, choose a friend whom you get along with, and one who is fitness oriented. You need to have a friend who shares the same goals with you. Someone you can talk to, and one who fully understands how important it is for you to achieve your fitness goals.

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