Did you start off 2013 vowing to be at the gym everyday And that you would have your beach body by summer but have since gotten off track a bit? Everyone starts off the year with good intentions. Some may keep their vows, and some may not. I often hear people say that they are too busy, too tired or too something to exercise. These excuses aren't going to get you in shape. It might work your jaw muscles complaining, but definitely not your abs! Here are some stay motivated tips to keep you, or get you back on track.
1. Change your mindset
In order to be a healthier individual, or athlete you need to think like one. Keep reminding yourself over and over what your goals are. When you are in line waiting to order lunch, ask yourself what would an athlete eat here? This will help you make better choices. And STOP making excuses! You are the one standing in your way out the door to the gym. If Mr. President can find time in his schedule to exercise so can you.
2. Set a goal
Making realistic, attainable goals will keep you motivated to achieve them. Set a goal and a time frame. Say it out loud, tell people. If you make your goal known people will cheer you on. It can be as simple as loosing a pound a week, or running a 5k. If you need a healthy event to strive for check your local charities for their events. The Susan G. Koman 5k for breast cancer, a run or walk against bullying, the color run, or warrior dash to name a few. There is an event virtually every weekend. Get a group together and train for this goal. Make sure you set a realistic goal so you don't set yourself up for failure. Not everyone can run a 5k. So you walked the whole thing this year, shoot for running it next year. At least you finished!
3. Make a date with the gym
Treat your workout like an important appointment. Sit down with your weekly schedule and set aside time for you to exercise. If you miss an appointment reschedule within that week. I understand life gets in the way sometimes, but you need to make a concerted effort to make exercise a priority. After all there is only proof that exercise and a healthy lifestyle benefit the body.
4. Have fun
Who cares what you look like. So you don't have the newest sneakers or most expensive workout gear. You are there, you made it, now get sweaty! Everyone is at the gym to be a healthier individual, no one cares that you are galloping sideways on the treadmill, or making goofy faces as you push through the last 2 bicep curls. Also expand your horizons. Shake your money maker every which way in Zumba, or stretch out your muscles in yoga. If you keep your mind open to different ways of working out you will never be bored.
5. Support, Support, Support!
All athletes have a support system. It may be their trainer, family, friends or all of the above. If you have a support system to keep you motivated there is little room for failure. Surround yourself with people that have similar goals. This will keep everyone on track. Look at the people you have cheering for you to succeed, you don't want room disappoint! There are a number if social networks that offer support as well.
If you keep these simple steps in mind you are well on your way to being in better shape and a healthier person. You may not have shredded abs or a sculpted back by summer, but at least you are trying and trying today makes things happen tomorrow.