Despite our love for staying settled in our comfort zone, we know by now that any type of physical activity is necessary for good health. We should incorporate a moderate exercise regimen to receive the benefits that a healthy lifestyle has to offer. And if you are a food lover like me, then you must have already realized that mere intentions to lead an active lifestyle are not going to prevent you from those “oh so delicious” delicacies unless they are backed by a stronger motivation and determination to become healthier. And believe me, I am sharing this from my personal experience.
In fact, motivation is the foundation for everything you wish to achieve. According to the ever-inspiring, Jim Rohn, motivation makes you move, but habits enable you to keep going. The same applies to following a healthy lifestyle. If this healthy lifestyle thing becomes a part of your habits, you would no longer need any motivation to stay healthy. This important factor is often overlooked.
Many people start their journey toward the force but most often they become distracted. The motivation eventually fades and they revert back to their former lifestyle habits. Is there a way to transform a healthy lifestyle into a newly formed habit so that no further motivation is required to continue the path? Of course!
Below are tips, techniques, and suggestions to help you to stay the course until your fitness regimen integrates with your lifestyle. These tips and techniques will help you stay motivated during the initial stages and pave the way to healthier habits.
Here is the top list of several tips to start your fitness regime and staying motivated throughout the course:
- Consider exercise as a necessity: Exercise is extremely crucial for better health, however, the workouts are put on the back burner due to other priorities. Many people feel that they do not have the luxury to spend time in a gym or elsewhere due to family responsibilities. While this holds true, you have to consider that if you want to remain healthy for the long haul and spend a contented life with your loved ones, you must lead an active lifestyle and include a moderate level of exercise in your daily schedule to start. Do not procrastinate on your exercises, otherwise, you may not be able to lead a longer and more active lifestyle as you age.
- Start with small and easy exercises: Complicated exercises kill motivation. If you start your fitness regime with simple exercises aiming toward smaller workout goals, you will not face any problems in achieving that goal. For example, you can start with just 10 minutes of jogging. If you feel that is too much, you can cut it down to five minutes a day. This will help you exercise regularly, which is where you want to be. The next week, you can add another five or ten minutes to your workout schedule.
- Introduce variety to your fitness program: Performing the same workouts in the same surroundings may bring a sense of boredom to your fitness regime. Keep the workouts fresh and exciting by introducing variations of where and how you exercise. For example, you can achieve the same muscle toning by switching from free weights to the machine. Take a strength training class. Similarly, you can switch to outdoor activity – which just so happens to be my favorite! Inviting friends to workout with you is the surest way to spice up your fitness regime!
- Add fun to it: Whether you are exerting in a gym, home or outdoors, it is important that you enjoy what you do. If not, working out will not likely become a habit. You will view it as a chore and will eventually give it up. So make sure that your workouts are an enjoyable experience for you. You can choose your favorite outdoor activity or exercise within the comforts of your home. Slap on some music or naming your workout regime as “Operation Sexy Hips” may introduce some fun with it.