Those resolutions we made in January seem like a long time ago now, and any initial motivation we had to get fit and turn over a new leaf with our health and fitness goals will be wearing extremely thin. Maybe you’ve already fallen off the wagon or you’re on way to doing so, to be honest who can blame you when the weather is cold and the days are short. Being tucked up in bed with some tasty food will win over a salad and an early morning run for most people. However it’s well worth re-evaluating your goals, our health is incredibly important- we only get one body so it has to be properly cared for. Even if you’ve not done as well as you’d hoped with your plans in the last few weeks, it doesn’t mean you have to give up. Get back out there and try again, soon the spring and summer will be here and when it comes to wearing your nice warm weather clothes you’ll be so glad you got back on your feet. Here are some of the ways you can motivate yourself when the going gets tough.
Start Using a Fitness Tracker
A fitness tracker is a great way to motivate you to do more. These little wrist-worn devices sync up to an app on your smartphone and tell you exactly how much exercise you’re doing, how hard your working, even how your fitness level matches up to others your age. You can use it to track calories, the amount of water you drink, your sleep and much more. It’s great for giving you an overall look at your health and habits. When you can see your data like this in black and white, there’s no escaping it. Many of us overestimate the activity we do, this means you can’t do that and gives you an accurate picture of how you’re taking care of your health. There are loads of models on the market for all budgets so do some research and go with the one that’s right for you.
Get Yourself Some New Workout Clothes
Feeling good about yourself and the way you look can definitely be a motivator. If you’ve already been working hard and have changed your body shape, why not buy some new clothes to flatter this? Even if you haven’t, feeling confident in what you have on can spur you on to get out there and workout. Brands like Stateline have high quality sportswear, otherwise you could try a sporting shop or even the high street. Lots of high street brands have a sports/ casual wear section and you can pick up a couple of things without breaking the bank.
Find Exercise You Enjoy
Exercise is undoubtedly hard work, but it shouldn’t feel like torture. If working out makes you feel like you’re punishing yourself and you hate every moment, then you’re doing the wrong exercise. When people think of getting fit, their first thoughts are usually going to the gym and running. These are fantastic but they’re not for everyone. If you don’t enjoy these activities there are many others you could try. A dance class, swimming, hiking, biking. You could do yoga, go trampolining, sign up for a sport. If you find something you enjoy you’re far more likely to stick it out, and the time will go quickly since you’re enjoying yourself.