It’s just been about a month and a half since many of us have made resolutions for a fitter, healthier New Year. It is also the time that enthusiasm starts to drop off. But there are ways to keep up the motivation.
First, reevaluate the goals or resolutions that were made on January 1st. It might be time to tweak them.
It could be a matter of upping the ante or facing reality that what you thought could be done isn’t doable. Keep things realistic.
Second, put some variety into your fitness routine. It might be time to sign up for that Zumba class you have been thinking about. Or go outside the box regarding other ways to stay active, such as skiing. Even taking the kids sledding can burn a lot of calories going up and down the hills.
Third, schedule your workouts. So many of us struggle with making things happen because we don’t schedule them into our day. When you look at exercise as an appointment, you are more likely to stick to it.
Fourth, whatever your goals are, don’t just keep them in the back of your mind. Write them out. Post them somewhere that will remind you of what you are striving to accomplish.
If it’s to lose weight, post your goals on the door of the refrigerator. If it’s to tone up, post your goals on the mirror. Be creative.
Fifth, whenever you meet a goal, reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be with food. It could be a trip to the spa, a new outfit, or a new CD.
Lastly, if you miss a day of exercise, don’t look at your efforts as a wash. It’s not an excuse to indulge because you “messed up.” You didn’t mess up, you just missed a day. It’s not a big deal.