7 Smart Tips to Motivate Yourself to Workout and Lose Weight
How many times have you planned or even started out on a diet and exercise regime, only to lose steam a couple of days later? Fitness or weight loss is not 50% diet and 50% exercise, its 100% commitment. Your body goes where your mind pushes it. Staying motivated is the key to achieving your fitness goals.
Here are 7 tips to help you work out even when you just don’t feel like it.
Set up the Workout Space
Where do you workout? A gym is a great option for those who are comfortable with it. But, going to the gym can be a chore. If just showing up for the battle is 80% of the job done, isn’t it much better to simply workout at home? Sure is! For many overweight people, all those intense looking gym equipment and the fit looking people on them can be quite intimidating.
You can set up a mini gym in your basement or keep it simple with just a set of dumbbells and a place to roll out an exercise mat. Rather than feel you are out of your element and give up hope, exercise in the comfort of your home, till you are ready for more.
That said, home can be a little too comfortable with that inviting couch and TV. So how do you resist temptations to lounge and get down to a solid sweat session? Try out the rest of our tips…
Find the Time and Pencil it in
Make an appointment to work out and enter it into your diary. However busy or filled with unexpected turns our lives are- we generally show up for our doctor’s appointment. Slot in specific days and times for your physical activity and stick to them. Yes! You do have other obligations, but trying to fit in a few workout sessions here and there is of not much use.
If you are serious about losing weight or building muscle, you have to find the time to make it happen. Getting positive results depend on the consistency, frequency, and efficiency of your actions.
Go Digital to Find Something You Love to Do
You need to find and develop exercise routines you love to do. Get online and do your research. Download worthwhile fitness apps that remind and guide you. With the internet and mobile phone apps, the exercise world is right at your fingertips. Use them to get guidance, motivation, and variety. If you find something you love to do, you don’t have to battle yourself to get it done.
If Zumba dancing is your thing, there’s no shortage of tutorial dance videos. Want to focus on toning up any particular part of your body – You can find a great variety of exercises like the Ultimate Ab Workouts and you can also read up on post workout Nutrition to learn more about what to eat after your workout to optimize the muscle growth.
Get Started and Go Halfway
When you feel too lazy to work out, try telling yourself –I’ll just do half of it. Most of the time, it’s just starting trouble. Once you get started out, you’ll find that you are able to perform some of the best workout sessions ever. As for the other times wherein you end up giving in at the halfway mark, you can console yourself that something is definitely better than nothing and you are indeed a step closer to your goal for having tried than not at all.
Dress Smartly to Sweat It Out
The clothes you wear for a workout can make a difference in how you feel before and after the exercise session. Wearing the wrong type of clothes can affect everything from your motivation levels to your workout performance and after workout recovery. Rather than half-heartedly exercising in the dress you wear to slouch around the house, dressing up in smart workout gear is a great way to motivate yourself to workout properly.
Some people tend to wear baggy clothing to hide their bulges. Your clothes should not hamper the way you exercise. The material should be stretchable, for example, spandex and polyester. Surely the last thing you want to do is to rip your trousers while you stretch out.
A good workout session leaves you exhausted and sweaty. Moisture wick types of fabrics can keep the body really cool and ensures no moisture is left on the skin. Dress up for your workout using lightweight, absorbent and breathable dress materials teamed up with an appropriate pair of shoes.
Rewards are always a motivation. You can reward yourself with a cheat day and eat your favorite foods when you reach mini goals along the way.
A snazzy new set of workout clothes or shoes, a facial or a pedicure, tickets to your favorite game….you know what exactly tempts you and will motivate you to reach out for it. However, I don’t recommend a reward for every time you work out. You can set down small weekly rewards for staying on course, a bigger reward for the month’s achievements and a fabulous reward for when you reach your set goal.
Get a Workout Buddy
Having a workout buddy is a great way to motivate yourself to work out – whether at home, at the gym or even if it is as simple as going for walks.
Having an appointment with someone else holds you accountable. When you have someone else counting on you, training with you, you try harder as you don’t want them to think of you as a failure. Exercising with your buddy is fun and you will find that you’re doing it regularly and stick with the exercise program longer.