We are well into February – are you still holding strong with your New Year’s fitness goals? I’m happy to say that we’ve been exercising consistently, and I feel pretty good about our family’s success. We finally found a gym (a local YMCA) that we love in our new area, which I think makes all the difference. As lame as it sounds, if a gym has equipment with televisions on them, it makes it easier for me to exercise for longer periods of time (because, of course, I have to see what happens on the House Hunter episode I watch!)
Despite staying pretty motivated this year, I’m the queen of being motivated
Enlist the help of others
I really believe that one of the best ways to meet your fitness goals is to feel accountable to others. I mean, you shouldn’t have to be entirely dependent on someone else – but sometimes it helps to have someone else rooting you on. There’s plenty of online fitness challenges if you don’t have anyone nearby, but I think finding someone to go to the gym with, or to go on daily walks with (or whatever you want), can make such a huge difference. Back in Provo, my friend and I would go to the gym together before she had her baby, and I went so much more often because I had someone asking – and reminding me – to go, rather than just relying on my own motivation!
Create small, measurable goals (and rewards)
If you are goal is to run a marathon, or to lose 100 pounds, the initial task can seem rather daunting. However, by breaking your goals down into smaller, bite-size pieces, you can be even more successful. So instead of saying, “I am going to run a marathon in a year,” you can say, “I’d love to run a marathon in a year – in a month, I’d like to be able to run three miles without stopping.” I believe if you have a goal
One resource I’ve found to be particularly helpful lately is Sears FitStudio, which is a free, one-stop fitness solution. It has everything from exercise product reviews and ratings, to free videos, tips for exercise and nutrition, as well as a way to track your progress and earn rewards for participating in daily exercise!
They have a goal center, so you can create these small, measurable goals, and then track your progress. I am a very visual person, so being able to see my progress helps. I’ve really enjoyed seeing some of the progress I’ve made in the goal center.
And, I’ve said it before, but I’m not above bribing. Sometimes it helps to bribe yourself with a new outfit, dinner, or even some kind of fitness equipment. I have a friend who is going to buy herself a fitness tracker when she loses enough weight (which I think is a GREAT reward. Love my FitBit.) If you want to go that route, the Sears Fitness Studio can help you decide which exercise product you want to be your reward!
Keep your Big Goal insight
Even with your smaller goals in mind, don’t forget what your goal is. Maybe you want to be around to see your grandchildren grow up. Perhaps you want to get pregnant at a healthy weight. Or maybe you just want to feel healthier and sleep better (exercising is linked to better sleep!) Do whatever you can to remind yourself that it is worth it to exercise and be healthy. You could tape pictures on your
Do something you enjoy
I know that sometimes I feel like I have to push myself to the limits when I exercise. While it’s good to challenge yourself, if it gets to the point where you dread every workout because you push yourself too far…it can hinder your success. I think it’s important to do exercise you enjoy. For instance, I’ve realized, after years of trying…that I’m just not a runner! It’s nothing something I ever find any joy in. So, instead, I opt for the the elliptical or group classes. I recently realized how much I enjoy going to group classes like Zumba and Pilates
Mix it up
Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you do the same exercise over and over again, your body eventually gets used to it and you might get bored of it eventually. There are so many great ways to exercise – it’s worth it to branch out every now and then! If you use Sears FitStudio, you can find some fun, free workouts you can do at home.
Make it part of your routine
You may just need to readjust your attitude about exercising in general – instead of feeling like it’s just another thing you have to do, think of it as just another part of your daily routine. I noticed a big difference when I started thinking of it as a necessity – not just a “nice to do if I can.”