If you are reading this article, you have most likely already taken critical steps in your fitness journey. You have decided to pursue a healthier, more fit lifestyle, and that is great! What comes next, though, is staying committed to that choice. Long after the emotion of the decision has worn off, what are you going to use to keep you motivated for success?
Well, if you have set it up the right way, you should have a fitness game plan that is going to keep you committed, motivated, and moving forward.
Each of these eight keys for staying committed to your fitness goals is going to help you keep going strong. Whether you are feeling tired, bored, or are simply lacking motivation, if you will apply each of these steps, you will be a lot more likely to continue forward in your pursuit of a healthier life.
Set Realistic Fitness Goals
Have you ever watched a motivational movie or listened to a motivational speaker and just felt like you could take on the world? In that moment, it wouldn’t have mattered what was asked of you; there was nothing that you couldn’t do, or at least like you couldn’t do. This is what sometimes happens when it comes to making changes in our lives. We get all excited to make a change, set unrealistic goals, and then wonder why we fail two weeks later.
So without killing any of your fitness excitement and motivation, sit down and take the time to figure out exactly what you want to accomplish. Your goals need to be personalized specifically for you. They must also be both challenging but achievable. This is the right mixture for setting goals that are going to allow you to be successful.
Also, when setting goals, you need to have both short-term and long-term goals. You need to know what you are ultimately working for, but you must also give yourself smaller challenges to accomplish along the way. This will allow you to experience some success as you go, and will also let you know that you are headed in the right direction.
Write Down Your Goals
Don’t try to keep everything up in your head. Take the time to write it down. This will allow you to remember what you are working towards, and it will also help to keep you accountable.
After you write everything down, put it somewhere that you will see it regularly. If you decided to use a pen and paper, set out your list of goals somewhere that you will see it daily or even multiple times a day. If you chose to type it out on an electronic device, set yourself reminders on your phone, smartwatch, etc.
Make a Gameplan
The next thing that you need to do is come up with a game plan for accomplishing your goals. Your game plan is like a map showing you where to go. The better your game plan is, the easier it will be for you to stay committed to your fitness goals, and ultimately complete them.
If you are unsure of where to get started, get online and do some research. There are plenty of excellent fitness websites out there that offer resources for all levels of fitness enthusiasts. Use their expertise to better help you come up with a winning game plan.
Get an Accountability Partner
When it comes to your fitness journey, if you are able to find someone that can help keep you accountable, your percentages of being successful skyrocket. An accountability partner is going to be able to help you on two fronts. The first being the encouragement that they can provide you as you continue to stay committed to your fitness goals. The second thing they are going to be able to do is to keep you accountable if you are not doing what you should be doing. Both of these tactics will help you to stay on the right path and will help you to continue moving forward.
Make it Fun
Have fun with it. Getting in better shape isn’t meant to be a punishment; it is something that should be enjoyed. If you enjoy playing a sport, doing yoga, walking nature trails, etc., add it to your workout plan. Do the types of fitness activities that you enjoy. You are going to have a much better chance of staying committed to your fitness goals if you are having fun with it.
Embrace the Challenge
So much of life is about mindset. When we face something challenging, we can allow it to intimidate us, or we can embrace it and enjoy the struggle. It doesn’t mean that it is always going to be easy, but it does mean that you see value in pushing forward and overcoming the obstacles in front of you. So don’t be intimidated by your fitness goals. Instead, face them head-on and embrace them as a challenge that you know you are going to overcome.
Mix it Up
Boredom can be one of the great fitness killers. What started as a fun and challenging workout can become dull over time. When this happens, you are going to have a tendency to skip days, and then may even altogether stop. That is why it is important to mix things up and continue to challenge yourself. Do some TRX exercises, join a fitness class, start aerial training or try out a bodyweight circuit. It is up to you to continue to challenge yourself.
Get Back On It
There are going to be days where something unplanned comes up, and your workout falls through; that is part of life. What you need to make sure of is that you don’t let one day turn into two, and then three, and so on. If you miss a day (or a few), don’t wait to start up again, get back on it. Take a minute to remind yourself of your fitness goals, and lock back in on staying committed to them.
Starting something positive is great. The real battle, though, usually comes in staying committed to something once the initial motivation and adrenaline begins to die down. This is when it becomes critical that you prepared the right way and have yourself set up for success.
Hopefully, whatever stage you are at, you can use these keys to help you better stay committed to your fitness goals. By writing down your goals, keeping your workouts new and fun, finding an accountability partner, and so on, you will be able to have a better chance at success.
So take advantage of as many of them as you can, and continue to stay committed to your fitness goals! And, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them below.
In happiness and health,
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