The summer days are long gone.
Along with it is your motivation and self-discipline to commit to exercise. Don’t worry you’re not alone.
It’s our natural tendency to stay home or relax after a long day at the office especially when there is a drop in temperature.
However, maintaining self-discipline when working out is vital to helping you achieve results but the question inevitably comes to mind:
“How can I stay motivated to exercise and take action on days I don’t feel like doing anything?”. If you’ve asked yourself this question before, we’ve got the answers you need.
Create Very Realistic and Achievable Goals
The very first thing you need to know is what you want. When you know that, you set manageable goals and simple action steps to get you there.
Numerous studies show that people who set tangible goals are more likely achieve success.
This is because goals help you to define your intentions and maintain focus. For example, you can set a simple short-term goal to walk at a brisk pace for 20 minutes a day four days a week.
Taking the time to set a goal like this makes all the difference. It’s a realistic and achievable goal that you can easily do. Next, write a long-term goal. For example, you may want to lose 30 pounds in 6 months.
This long-term result will be based on your short-term goals. Your goals will direct you towards better decision making.
Develop Automatic Habits!
It’s important to develop the right habits when it comes to exercise. When you repeat the same behaviors over and over it helps you to form emotional stability.
It’s like a relationship you’re committed to. You invest in it and take action even when you don’t want too. In the upcoming week, use a daily planner and set specific times that you will commit towards exercise and physical activity.
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Set the time and specific days you plan to go for your walk. If you’re a morning person then 6:00 a.m. would be a good workout time. On the other hand, if you’re an evening person then you might choose 6:00 p.m. The important thing is that you’re consistent.
Your workout should be like an important meeting for which you must show up. Re-schedule if you have too but maintain the number of days you initially planned for.
Become Accountable To Someone or a Group
You’re busy during the day with legitimate obligations that prevent you from reaching your fitness goals. At other times it’s just easier to hit the snooze button.
Everyone who has ever started a workout program and quit always had good intentions. Make sure that your friends, family and co-workers are aware of your intentions so that you will develop a sense of accountability.
Our fear of failing, but more specifically failing in the public eye, will act as an added incentive. Equally important is working out with someone or a group that will cheer you on so you’re more likely to not quit.
You could join a fitness group where the energy of the group keeps you going during moments when you feel like quitting. You’re accountable to them on the days you’re there and even when you miss a class.
It is not impossible to be motivated and maintain self-discipline when it comes to exercise. Set your goals and work your plan. If it gets tough then grab a friend or two for support.
Remember, make it fun and do something you enjoy. Once it becomes a lifestyle you’ll start seeing results and even inspire others.