1. Create a personalized workout playlist: Everyone has their favorite songs that pump them up and inspire them to work out. Exercise is hard and sometimes the best way to get through it, is with a kick ass playlist. I prefer rap when I workout because the fast paced music gets me motivated.
2. Start SLOW: A lot of people decide one day, "Okay I am going to start dieting and working out today". This is not necessary and will actually slow you down from achieving your health goals. You may for example try to run a mile on the first day that you decide to start working out and give up because you "can't do it". The problem is not that you can't do it however, it is that you must work your way up. Take it slow and if you want it bad enough, you will reach your goals.
3. Make a workout schedule: It is much easier to workout if you have a set day and time because then you have no option but to do it. Get motivated by writing down "Gym-10:00 AM" in your phone for example, and I promise it will make all of the difference.
4. Find a motivation partner: I have found that the best way to stay motivated is to have a friend or family member who is right there with you along the journey, who will keep you motivated and on track. I for example started working out because my boyfriend is always at the gym. I would think "What am I going to do while he is at the gym, i'll be soooo bored". One day I thought, "Hey why don't I just go to the gym also?". Since then (which was about one year ago), I workout a few times per week. By seeing his improvement and by talking about our workout every time together, it keeps me motivated and in check.
5. Write down the healthy choices that you make: It helps everyone to stay motivated by keeping a small notepad or even a list on your phone with you at all times, tracking your healthy choices. This may mean, writing down all of the healthy foods you ate that day and trying to one up yourself the next day. Or this may mean tracking your workouts. I personally have a calendar where I mark off every time I go to the gym, then at the end of the week I tally it up. This helps me see just how much I was working out that week and then I try to beat myself the next week.
6. DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF: The worst mistake that people make is comparing their body, wealth, happiness, job etc. to other people that they know or see on social media. It has taken me a while to realize this but, I will never be anyone else or have the exact life that they have, so there is NO reason to compare my life to theirs. Especially when it comes to fitness, there is no "right" way to look or "correct" way to be healthy. You find what works the best for yourself, and roll with it my friend.
7. Make your health a top priority: If you do not really have the drive to become a healthier version of you, then it is not going to work. What helps many people is to make a list of all of the reasons that it may benefit you to workout or eat less sugar, drink less alcohol etc. and then this might get you more motivated to actually WANT to get fit instead of trying to force something that is not important to you.
8. Get Inspo through others: A great way to get motivated is to see the stories of other people on their health journey and find out how they have done it! (But by no means compare yourself, this is only for inspiration). I like to watch YouTube videos and there are tons of people who post about their favorite workouts, recipes, tips and more!
9. Reward yourself: What is the point of hard work with no reward? Sure the satisfaction of becoming more healthy is great but reward yourself with something even if it is small! This could be a yummy smoothie at the end of a workout or even a vacation after a few months of constant self improvement.
10. Associate your bad habits with negativity: Most people make decisions based off of immediate gratification. You think about how much joy it will bring you if you eat that cookie. Well instead of doing this, you need to associate the cookie with all of the NEGATIVE aspects it might bring you. So find that negative consequence in the things you wish to cut down on, and focus on the end result instead of the immediate satisfaction. I promise this works wonders!
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