How To Stay Motivated To Achieve Fitness Goals

Fitness Goal
Fitness Goal

Most of us want to live healthier and more active lives, so we tend to set goals in these areas, but oftentimes we lose motivation or simply give up and don’t reach those goals. Life may get busy, we may get sick or frustrated, or laziness sets in and we decide that achieving our fitness goals is too much of a hassle.  It sounds easy enough in theory, but the practical application is not so easy.
Eating healthy and exercising sounds simple enough, but the truth is that it takes a firm commitment and plenty of self-discipline to living a healthy lifestyle.  It is easy to make some sort of resolution to get into shape, lose a few pounds, and eat healthier, but too often within a couple of weeks we are right back into our bad habits.  I’m sure you are aware that plenty of people make New Year’s resolutions to get and stay into shape and within a couple of weeks they fall back into their old routines.
How can we stay motivated to achieve our fitness goals?

  1.  Make a list of your goals.

It is important to write down your fitness goals and put them somewhere that you can view them on a daily basis. It is easy to forget goals so be sure that you take a look at them often. You can even write down the reasons why you have fitness goals to serve as a reminder for the days when you don’t really feel like exercising or making positive food choices.  Post sticky notes on your fridge, at the office, or in the bathroom to serve as reminders of your goal to become healthy.

  1. Become educated on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

Knowledge is a wonderful tool that can act as a change agent in our lives. Learn about healthy foods and how exercise benefits physical and mental health.  Read encouraging and motivational books that will keep you motivated to keep up the good work with your life.

  1.  Make small changes over time.

Don’t expect to become a health and fitness guru in a day or two.  Introduce bits and pieces of healthy foods and various exercises into your life over time.  One week you may try to eat 2 pieces of fruit per day and the next week you may want to add two vegetables as well.  Do the same for exercise.  Maybe one week you can walk 3 days a week and the next week incorporate a group activity like yoga or tennis with a friend.

  1.  Visualize success.

See yourself healthy and fit, even if you aren’t feeling like it. Close your eyes and envision eating healthy foods and moving forward in your fitness goals.  Visualizing success causes thought patterns to change from negative or neutral to positive and helps keep one motivated to achieve goals.
You can stay motivated on a daily basis to work toward attaining your goals.  Follow these tips and be proactive toward a healthy lifestyle.