Do you find yourself skipping workouts or struggling to get in the gym?
Do you have trouble being consistent for more than a few weeks or months?
Is it hard to stick to your healthy diet?
Is it difficult to reach your weight loss goals?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone.
Many women struggle to stick to their weight loss and fitness plans. It’s only natural. Changing your body usually involves a change in daily habits, something that can be much easier said than done.
To avoid getting in a weight loss rut, here are 6 things you can do to stay motivated:
- Get a workout plan. Having a set plan that tells you day-by-day exactly what exercises you should do will be more likely to keep you on track and prevent you from skipping a day. It's much easier to workout if you know exactly what you need to do. There are a ton of great workout programs on-line. You can get mine for free right here.
- Double your motivation by getting a workout partner! Give your workout plan to a friend, go to the gym and do the workouts together. On days you want to skip, your friend might be rearing to go. This prevents you from tripping up and missing a day, which can lead to a week… two weeks… and then eventually a month. The best part about this is that your friend doesn’t even have to be in the same city, state or country! You can get a virtual work out partner. Email someone your workout plan and set it up so you both workout on the same day. You will be a lot less likely to skip a workout if you know you will be disappointing your workout partner.
- Keep track of your progress and try to beat your fitness records. Try to break your mile time or your bench press record. Keeping track of your progress will make exercise more personal and interactive. You will be able to watch yourself grow into something better. This can actually make exercise a little addictive -- for me, going to the gym to try to beat my old records has become a fun personal game!
- Write down 30 reasons why having a better body will be beneficial to you and will help your life in some way. Having one vague reason like “I will be healthier” is not motivating enough. You need to sit down and think of at least 30 specific reasons why getting in shape will really make a difference in your life. It will be a lot harder to skip a workout when you have 30 awesome reasons to go in.
- If you get bored, do something else! If you are sick of your current routine, switch it up. There are a ton of different exercises to try, so don’t get stuck doing the same 5 over and over. Exercising should be fun, not dreadful! If you are tired, bored, or angry about exercising you are probably doing something wrong. Check out my free fitness guide here for a bunch of fun new exercises!
- Make simple changes in your diet. It is better to go slow and stick with it for the long haul then diet hard and binge a few weeks into your program. Try simple changes like eating breakfast, eliminating most or all refined sugar from your diet, eating veggies and a piece of fruit at every meal, and drinking calorie-free liquids. These four simple changes will make a huge difference.
Working out and eating properly doesn’t have to be difficult or painful. In fact, with the proper environment it can be the highlight of your day!
So set yourself up for success from the very beginning. Remember, there is no need to rush to get in shape. A good diet and exercise program needs to last a lifetime, so it’s important you create an environment that is really fun and sustainable.
Experience a fun and motivating workout and nutrition plan that you can start doing right NOW to help you reach your fitness goals!