This morning I have a guest post all about how to stay motivated when it comes to exercising and weight loss. There’s some great tips here, enjoy!
Weight Training for Weight Loss – How to Stay Motivated
Although you may have already accepted that you should lose weight to either become or remain healthy, you may still find it difficult to maintain the motivation. It is quite common to begin a new diet with enthusiasm and a burst of energy and then lose that excitement as you progress through your daily workout regimens. You may also find it hard to stay motivated if you put on a few pounds that you had recently lost or if you hit a plateau when no amount of exercising or eating healthy seems to work. However, if you can find ways to stay motivated, you will not only feel better both mentally and physically, but your body will be healthier as well. Here are some tips to increasing your chance of keeping that excitement and motivation as you work to shedding those extra pounds:
According to Women’s Health magazine (1), a recent study conducted by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity concluded that individuals were more likely to follow through with an exercise routine if they listened to music while they exercised. Results showed that music with beats per minute that matched the listeners’ heart rates were most effective.
Avoid Fad Diets
If you are following a decent meal plan, you may be more likely to follow through with your commitments. Avoid approaches that involve self-induced vomiting, severely limiting calories or limiting your diet to one category of food, eliminating complete categories of food, crash dieting, or use of over-the-counter weight loss products, diuretics, amphetamines or laxatives.
Move toward Permanent Changes
Nearly all short-term diets, whether they are fads or not, are recipes for failure; you start the diet and then go off it when you lose the weight. However, you may find that when your eating habits return, you put the weight back on. Instead, work toward long-term weight loss by making permanent changes in how you exercise and what you eat. By keeping this goal in mind, you can remind yourself that changes in behaviour take time; be patient with yourself.
Clean Your Closet
According to Shape Magazine (2), cleaning out your closet, making good on promises to others and paying off your debts can help move you toward sticking to your commitments to yourself. In other words, if you practice integrity in other aspects of your life, you may be more likely to follow through with your weight loss goals and strengthen your own belief that you can uphold the promise you made to yourself.
Create a Plan
You may be more likely to remain motivated if you create a weight-loss plan and stick to it; without such a strategy, you may fall behind since you do not know what you are trying to achieve or how you will accomplish your goals. Instead, write down exactly what you need to accomplish and set a deadline for yourself; work backwards to develop a monthly schedule with specific and realistic goals.
Many times, people give up on their diets because they do not see the results immediately; they give up and mistakenly believe they are never going to reach their goals. However, if you reward yourself halfway through the journey or for meeting smaller, more realistic goals, you may be more likely to continue with your weight-loss efforts. Instead of waiting until you get to the big finish line, allow yourself a trip to a spa or tickets to attend a sporting event as a reward; you will be less likely to throw in the towel when things begin to get tougher.
Give Tough Love
While imagining yourself fit after having reached your goal is one way to stay motivated, oftentimes the reverse holds true as well. Think about what you will look like or what your life will be like in five, 10 or 20 years from now if you continue down the same path you are on. While nobody likes to imagine feeling badly and realizing they missed out on life, oftentimes it is this “tough love” that can help to put a spark in the flame to push to reach the goals ahead.
Some individuals enjoy working out by themselves; it is calmer, more relaxing and less stressful. For others, competitions help tremendously. In fact, according to a recent study, this social influence of team-based competitions focused on weight loss can help you lose up to 20 per cent more weight than if you were to attempt exercise routines solo.
Think about Why You Exercise
If you are to stay motivated throughout your journey, you must understand why you are exercising and attempting to lose weight in the first place. For instance, if you are inspired by your family, start by focusing on how these permanent changes will help you to watch your children grow old. Also try to include these motivators in your routine; if you are dedicated to your family, cook healthy meals for them, play tag with your children or have a date night when you and your partner head to the gym.
If you keep your goals in sight, reward yourself little by little and remember why you are beginning or continuing on the weight-loss journey, you may find yourself more motivated than ever. Remember that people do mess up, but that is never any reason to throw in the towel completely. You are human, so give yourself a little credit and inspire yourself to keep that motivation going.
This piece was written by the team at Orbit Fitness, Perth, Western Australia’s biggest supplier or treadmills and other gym equipment.
I think the tip about rewarding yourself and having a plan are great, they have definitely worked for me! How do you keep yourself on track and motivated?