Trouble With Exercise Motivation? Just Keep Moving

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Keep Moving

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” – Anonymous When starting a workout regimen, one the toughest things to do is to keep consistent. It’s easy to get discouraged, whether it’s from the scale, our society’s view of “fit,” or from our own self-doubt. The key, though, is to just keep moving, stay active, and do at least one thing every day. Your body will thank you for it. Even though we live in a competitive world, it’s important to keep in mind that the most important competitor you have is yourself. What matters is how good you feel – and the key to feeling good is consistency. Even if you don’t feel well on a particular day or can’t get motivated to workout, do something low-impact such as walking, tai chi, or yoga; even the simplest of activities will help you get away from your desk, stretch your legs, and make you feel better. One trick you can do is to make working out a game. Start o ut with mini-milestones based on things like consistency, endurance, and strength – and then compare your results as you continue to work toward your goals. For instance, one goal could be to do something, anything, for 15-20 minutes a day. Once you work up to that, you can set and achieve another goal. Goals could be related to timing, strength-training, running, endurance, or anything else that you want to use as your own personal goals. In your own way, making a positive difference in your own health and fitness then becomes a game. When you make fitness a game, the goal becomes based on your own fitness achievements, not based on numbers on a scale. Keeping your eyes on the scale is one of the easiest ways to get discouraged and unmotivated in working out; we all reach plateaus and can get off track if we aren’t seeing results. If you focus instead on mini-milestones that are related to staying active and consistent, then you’ll lose weight and inches practica lly without even knowing it. Working out is a personal endeavor; we do it to improve our health, overcome health concerns, lose weight, and ultimately to feel fantastic. It’s okay if we need a bit of extra help – whether games, applications, mini-milestones, or encouragement from friends – every so often to stay on track. The key is to just stay consistent.

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