You started your training plan with such a provision. You were positive and motivated to get fit and sticking to your goals! What happened? After hitting the treadmill day after day for a few weeks, it is easy to get bored with your routine, frustrated when you do not see the results you want right away, and start losing excitement about the goals you initially set out to achieve. Remember that it is never too late to turn things around. Here are some tips to help you get right back on track
Forgive yourself. This is by far the most important step. To re-center your motivation and be positive about achieving your goals again, you must get rid of all those nasty, negative thoughts that get you nowhere fast and allow yourself to move on! Accept that there will be times you will slide, but do not let a coupon be ten. It’s okay to take one step back, as long as you take two steps forward. Forget yesterday. Tomorrow is a new day and you have the power to make it a success.
Schedule your workouts. Literally. Set aside time in your calendar and treat it like a meeting. This way, you establish it as a priority and fit it into your busy life from the get go.
Hold yourself accountable. An excellent website that has helped me with this step is www. kicks people. com. Write down measurable goals and track your progress. Figure out how many calories you should consume daily. Determine how many calories you burn each workout. Track calories and log your workouts. Weigh yourself once a week. Take before and after pictures. Meeting the smaller goals along the way will keep you motivated to achieve your ultimate goal!
Pair up with a buddy. Find a friend who shares some of your fitness goals and keep each other motivated! Go for a run outside, lift some weights at the gym, or make a healthy dinner together.
Take advantage of group training. Get involved in classes at your local gym. Do you like playing sports? Become an intramural team. Better yet, sign up with a fitness buddy. You will be surprised how exercising with other people will motivate you to work harder!
Spice up your routine. The body adapts to your workouts and get stronger. So, if you do not keep challenging it, you most likely will not be getting the results you want. Try to add strength training 2-3 days per week fitness plan. Try 20 minutes of interval training on the treadmill, walk for two minutes, then sprint for two minutes as fast as you can. Rinse and repeat. Or, if you get bored easily, do 10 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes running on the treadmill, followed by 10 minutes of biking.
Be creative. Grab your scissors and tape. Create a collage of photos and inspirational quotes that motivate you. Viewing the prominent somewhere you will see it all the time.
Hire a personal trainer. This is a great option if you need that extra push (and can afford it). Working one-on-one with someone will help keep you on track during each workout and evaluate your progress.
Practice yoga. With everything going on in our lives, it can get a little hectic, and you can lose sight of your goals quite easily. Yoga teaches mental discipline. Empty your mind of all negative thoughts and focus on something other than your breath. Afterwards you will be ready again to take on the world!
Tips and Warnings
Working in an office? Try a 12-week “biggest loser” contest with your team. The person who loses the highest percentage of their body weight wins
Create a playlist on your iPod of all the songs you like to train to-it will help to keep you pumped up during training
Reward yourself every time you achieve a goal. Get the long overdue massage, buy a new pair of shoes, or treat yourself to a movie night!
It’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor before starting a new fitness plan.