Proper motivation is crucial for anyone who wants to get in shape. It’s the added ingredient that gets you up out of your chair on a cold night. The following advice will help you to stay motivated and on track to achieve your goals.
Set Achievable Goals:
Having goals is great for motivation – whether it’s to lose ten pounds before the summer, or build a body like Arnie, goals give us something to aim for. But to constantly experience progress, break your goals down into smaller more manageable chunks, and reward yourself each time you reach a target.
Visualize Your Success:
One of the secrets of top athletes is that they constantly visualize themselves achieving success, winning races, etc. The mind then directs your behavior towards achieving those goals. The secret is to picture yourself the way you want to be – how will you look when you’ve lost ten pounds, how will it feel to win the race, etc. Visualize this first thing in the morning, throughout the day, and as you go to sleep at night. You’ll soon be on your way to realizing that vision.
Monitor Your Progress:
Many people keep a training log or diary – it’s a great way to keep track of your progress, and also a motivator on those bad days – it will remind you of your efforts so far, and encourage you to not let them go to waste.
Exercise with a Partner:
Having a partner is a fantastic motivator. It’s more fun to workout with a friend, they’ll help to push you harder, and on those days when you just don’t feel like it, it’s much harder to bail out knowing that someone else is depending on you.
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