Five Mantras to Help You Stay Motivated

When you’re trying to stick to a healthy routine, having a wide range of motivation techniques in your arsenal can help you stay successful.  Keep these motivation tips in mind for when you need an extra boost.

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Just Do It

Monica from Run Eat Repeat suggests just getting out there, even for a short workout.  She points out that you’ll often feel good once you start exercising.  To set yourself up for success, set a plan for when you’ll exercise and what you’ll do ahead of time.  Make sure you have your workout gear ready so you won’t have any excuses.

Keep It Fun

Jenn from Fit Bottomed Girls recommends finding something you love and doing it often. Once you’ve found a workout you enjoy, it’s easier to create a regular routine.  However, don’t feel like you need to stick to the same thing.  Once you’ve developed a habit of regular exercise, it’s easier to branch out and try to things to keep your workouts enjoyable.

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Take It One Day at a Time

Janetha from Meals and Moves loves the saying  “I cannot build a wall in one day, but I can perfectly lay this brick today.”  She says it can be overwhelming to look at the big picture, but if you just focus on what you have to do today, things are a lot easier. Even breaking down your day into smaller, more manageable chunks can be helpful.

Be Social

Jenn also recommends bringing a bud, because everything is better with friends!  Working out with a buddy has actually been shown to help increase your performance.  Also, when you make plans with a friend to workout, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable and follow through on your planning.  If you can’t find a workout buddy, the group feel of a fitness class is another good option.  Try booking the class ahead of time rather than just dropping in if you’re having trouble sticking to your plans.

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Re-Think Your Goals

Jess from Big City Little Blog reminds us that it can take 2-6 weeks to see results and, even then, they aren’t usually dramatic.  When she set herself of goal of losing weight, she found that she didn’t really lose much weight – but she did have increased strength and muscle definition.  Setting a goal for overall improved fitness or to complete a certain exercise may be more attainable than specific goals like a number on the scale.

 

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