By Gelyne Cayetano
For some of us who are starting or have reached our fitness goals, we all know we don’t stop where we are at. They say fitness has no finish line. We keep going to maintain our health and to stay active.
Whatever reason you might have to stay fit, making your way to the gym, doing a morning run, or working out in the evening can be difficult. It requires personal motivation.
So how do you keep yourself motivated?
Here are four ways that can help you stay motivated so you can achieve your fitness goals:
1. Set goals that are important to you
First of all, what are goals? Goals are ambitions to work towards and succeed on.
Before you start your fitness journey, always make sure you have a goal that you can clearly see yourself achieve within the next 3 or 6 months. Setting goals can be fun. However, it’s important to ask how you will accomplish them? You have to think of a goal and make it important to you. This way, you will have more focus in achieving it. It will give you direction and control.
With that said, when you set your goals, know that it won’t be easy to achieve them. Be ready to face many challenges, sweat and pain.
They say no one finishes the race without stumbling on a bumpy road.
Have a focused vision every day, before you sleep and when you wake up. Think about your goal and repeat them in your head. Tell yourself every day that you will reach your goals.
One biggest mistake people make is that they set goals that are beyond their limits. Be realistic with your fitness goals. Think of your lifestyle and the changes you would make and how far you will go to reach your goals. Keep your goals smart. Do something that you can realistically do given your current life situation. Don’t create goals you can’t reach.
2. Have a fitness agenda
If you’re a busy person and you find yourself juggling time for yourself, work, house chores etc., or if you’re a parent who has children at home, or you’re a student, or whatever life situation you’re in, write yourself a fitness agenda.
Time management and day planning is important. If you can plan out what time you have to get up in the morning and be at work, you can easily plan out the time you will be exercising.
It’s easy to lose track of time without an agenda. Writing down your schedule each day can help you stick with your fitness plans. If you do this consistently over time, exercising will become a permanent part of your agenda.
3. Make your health a priority
Sure, work, school, your favorite TV show can be really important to you, but make your health a priority.
Your health is always going to be with you. The last thing you want throughout your lifetime is a health complication. You can’t go to work if you don’t take care of yourself. You can’t take care of your family if you’re feeling sick or weak all the time.
You wouldn’t be alive today if you haven’t been taking care of your health. Your body is what keeps you alive. Sometimes, your health suffers by not staying active. When you do your errands, you get tired easily and realise you’re out of shape.
When you realise that poor health is the main cause of negative feelings about yourself, it’s time to do something about it. When you focus on putting your health first, the motivation to keep yourself healthy and fit will come easy.
4. Surround yourself with positive people who believe and inspire you
Having people who surround you with positive vibes will help motivate you in accomplishing your goals.
There is this awesome spiritual feeling you get when you have people around you who truly believe in you. They cause you to find that courage to believe in yourself. Their energy and support tells you you’re not alone. Just as they inspire you, the goals you have will also inspire them. When they tell you that you have impacted them, it makes you want to keep moving forward.
I believe that not having positive people around you is the reason why most people fail. If you don’t have people supporting you, you might not continue with your goals.
Having negative people around you can take you away your motivation. That’s why it’s so important to be with the right people so you can stay positive. We all want to become better. To do so, we need to be around people who will lift our spirits and truly make us feel great about ourselves.
Gelyne Cayetano, fitness enthusiast, started her fitness journey on Oct 1 2014. She battled with being overweight. She’s now lost 70 lbs. She’s a full time student and single mother with two kids. She loves to empower anyone around her especially those who are struggling or needing some guidance. Her journey helped changed her life. Her goal is to change people’s lives – to make them believe and achieve their goals.
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