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Five Ways to Stay Motivated

by Corrina Underwood

Because you want to feel and look good, you’ve set a goal to get in shape and stay in shape. Whether it’s going to the gym, taking a morning run or walking instead of taking the bus, it’s feels great when you get started, but after a while you may find yourself skipping a day, then a few days and then, well why bother? Keeping yourself motivated is key to sticking with your program. Believe it or not, there are ways to stay motivated even on days when you feel like giving in. Here are five ways to get and stay motivated.

Get Real with your Goal
“I’m gonna lose 20 pounds by the end of the month.”

The first rule to staying motivated is getting real with your goals. Okay, so you want to make some big changes in your life, but if you set your goals impossibly high, when you find you can’t make them, you’re going to feel defeated and your motivation will melt away faster than ice on a hotplate. Write down your main objective, then break it down into smaller, landmark goals that you can spread out over a reasonable timeline. Don’t be in too big a hurry; just think how great you’re going to feel every time you reach a goal.

Get Pumped, Stay Inspired
“I was all raring to go when I started, but now, it’s just not the same.”

Every day is going to be different and that means you won’t always feel as pumped up as you did when you started out. So, what can you do to get yourself fired up again? Firstly, remind yourself of your goals, and how good you’ll be looking and feeling when you’re back in shape. Secondly, think about how each day that you stick to your plan, you’re getting a little close to that goal. Thirdly, get inspired by real people. Look to your favorite artists and actors, see what shape are they’re in, and how they stay there.

Understand What Makes you Bored
“I’m just tired of going to the gym everyday.”

If you’re feeling bored, then you’re already on the way to quitting. If your routine isn’t working for you, maybe it’s because it’s too routine. You don’t have to go to the gym everyday. Some days you could go for a run, shoot some hoops, or take a few laps of the pool. Adding variety to your program will keep you motivated. The same applies to your diet; don’t deprive yourself of all the foods you like. Remember, variety will help fuel your drive.

Lose the Excuses
“I got up late this morning, so I don’t have time to go to the gym.”

When you’re finding reasons not to stick to your program, it’s time to take affirmative action. Before you skip your workout try some positive thinking to boost your motivation.
“I’ll feel good after I’ve worked out.”
“I’ll have more energy for the rest of the day.”
“I’m getting stronger every day.”

Reward your Achievements
“I’ve reached my first goal. I’m gonna buy tickets for tonight’s concert.”

You’ve made it this far, go ahead and reward yourself; you’ve earned it. There’s no better feeling than when you attain one of your landmarks. Giving yourself a big pat on the back is another great way to stay motivated and get you ready to move on to the next stage.

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