How do you get yourself back in shape when you’ve been out of it for so long? It’s not easy, however, today I’m sharing some of my most successful strategies to get motivated to workout that works for me.
#1. Set Goals to Stay Motivated to Workout
Every year, I set goals for myself. In the past 5 years, I’ve set some pretty high goals like running in my first half marathon and competing in my first triathlon.
This year, I’m getting down to the basics by working on my nutrition, core and getting stronger.
Setting goals helps me plan my year and see exactly how I want to tackle it. Once my goals are set, I break them down in smaller objectives that are attainable.
Write down those goals. That will keep you accountable. Keet them somewhere visible so you’ll see them often! Grab my free downloadable running log. There’s a spot in there to record your goals.
#2. Sign-up Yourself Up For A Challenge
One way I keep motivated is by signing up for a charity fun run or one of my favourite Niagara races. You can start with a 5 Km but maybe test your limits and pick another longer distance later in the year, like a 10 Km race.
This year, I’m working on gathering some coworkers to run in the Jordan 5 km in April.
Also, training for a spring race is a great way to stay active during the colder winter months. Pick another race later in the fall so that you keep your focus on your training!
#3. Recruit a friend
Recruiting an accountability partner is a great way to stay on track. Pick someone who’ll be comfortable with or someone who loves a healthy dose of competition.
I’m lucky to have an identical twin sister who shares the same interests as I do. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a twin. You might, however, be blessed with a supporting husband or very close friends with common interests.
If you don’t, I suggest joining a group and finding new friends with similar interests. Perhaps by joining a fitness class or a running club, you will meet like-minded people.
#4. Journal your experience
I blog! Writing and sharing about my successes, discouragements and inspirations help to keep me motivated, but others might want to keep a diary instead of a publicly viewed blog. I keep records of my races and personal best times. I continually try to improve and push myself physically.
Download your free Running Log and document your journey there!
To summarise, I keep myself motivated to workout by setting goals, signing up for challenges, recruiting some support and journaling and sharing my experiences.
How do you get motivated? If you have valuable tips, please share it with us in the comments below.
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