While you may have started and quit an exercise program dozens of times, this time around it is "excuses begone"! By setting goals for yourself, rewarding yourself when you achieve these goals, and exercising with a great group of friends, you will have no reason to skip out on your exercise. You'll achieve your fitness goals in no time at all.
Set Goals for Yourself
Research has found that one of the best ways to initially provide some motivation if you are interested in starting as exercise program, as well as keeping your motivation going, it to start by setting goals for yourself. Simply stating that you want to start an exercise program is too broad of a goal--and typically, you will begin to come up with reasons why you can skip your daily exercise session. Instead, come up with specific goals, as well as a time table for when you want these goals to be achieved. For example, you may say that you want to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year. While this is a great long-term goal, it is also important to come up with several, short-term goals that will be effective in helping you reach you ultimate goal. For example, some great short term goals include exercising five days a week, losing 5 pounds of weight in a month, or increasing the amount of time you spend exercising. Having a goal and working to achieve it is a great way to motivate yourself.
Obviously, coming up with some great, short and long term goals is an important step in helping to motivate yourself. However, rewarding yourself when you achieve these goals is also very important to keep you motivated and on the right fitness track. Each time you accomplish one of your goals, such as losing five pounds, exercising five days a week, or walking for a longer period of time, give yourself a small reward. This doesn't have to be anything big. In fact, it can be as small as a new bottle of nail polish. However, by treating yourself each and every time your achieve one of your short term goals, you will be more motivated to continue on to your long term health or fitness goal.
Join a Group or Class
Finally, if you still have concerns about your ability to motivate yourself, you may want to consider joining a group exercise class. Exercising with a group of people is often more enjoyable than exercising alone. In addition, once you begin to meet the fellow participants in the class, you will become great friends. In addition, they will notice if you skip a day of exercise, and will be sure to call you on it. Talk to friends, family member, or coworkers about exercise classes in the area. They typically will be able to provide you with the names of some great organizations.