Written by Dr. Scott Silverman Thursday, 03 December 2009 12:53
In order to train hard and stay motivated year round, here are some suggestions for the athlete, fitness enthusiast or beginner.
1) Familiarize yourself with the benefits of exercise. We are more motivated to do things that we'll benefit from. Knowing exercise improves both physical and mental health can motivate people to continue it. The more we benefit, the more motivated we are.
2) Create your "reasons list." Keep a piece of paper and pen handy for a couple of days. Jot down EVERY reason you can think of that you want to get healthy/get fit/lose weight through consistent exercise. Real life examples include: improve health, look good, improve athletic performance and prevent heart disease. Also, exercise creates more energy to spend quality time with one’s family.
3) Exercise with a friend. Statistics tell us that people who exercise with a friend are more successful at exercising consistently. You can keep each other accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with them can be great motivation to show up and get it done!
4) Try to exercise first thing in the morning, every morning. Our bodies were made to be active on a daily basis, and when we are, all sorts of positive things happen. People who exercise six to seven days in a week first thing in the morning are much more successful at exercising consistently than those who do it twice a day. It doesn't have to be a huge workout everyday. Get out there and take a 30-minute walk.
5) Train for a local walk or run in your area. This can be great motivation to exercise on a regular basis. I've seen many people transformed from sedentary beings to lean exercisers because they decided to enter and train for a competition. Don't think you can't do it...YOU CAN!
6) Reward yourself! Aside from the obvious health benefits, you may try the biggest loser type motivator, whereby if you meet a certain goal you can allow yourself that special reward.
7) Keep records. Write down your exercise time (minutes) each day. Keep a running total for the month and year. Calculate your average exercise time per day. Set some lofty goals and try to attain them.