By Gelyne Cayetano
Once you’ve embarked on a fitness journey, it has no finish line. You keep going to maintain your health and to stay active.
Whatever your reason might be 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.
The question is, how do you stay motivated?
Here are four ways that can help you.
- Set goals that are important to you
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.
It’s also important to ask how you will accomplish your goals.
Make your goals meaningful so you can stay focus on achieving it.
When you set your goals, know that it won’t be easy to achieve them. Be ready to face many challenges, sweat, and pain.
Have a focused vision of what you want to achieve every day – before you sleep and when you wake up. Think about your goal and repeat them in your head. Tell yourself that you will reach them.
One 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 must make and how far you will go to reach your goals. Do something that you can realistically do given your current life situation. Don’t create goals you can’t reach.
- Have a fitness agenda
If you’re busy and you find yourself juggling time for yourself, work, house chores, etc., or if you’re a parent, a student, or whatever life situation you’re in, write yourself a fitness agenda.
Time management and day planning is essential. If you can plan out what time you have to get up in the morning and be at work, you can plan out the time you will be exercising.
Losing track of time without an agenda is easy. Writing down your schedule each day can help you stick to your fitness plans. Do this consistently over time and fitness will become a regular part of your day.
- Make your health a priority
Work, school, your favorite TV shows – these can be 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 life is health complications. 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.
When you realize that poor health is one of the leading causes of negative emotions, 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.
- Surround yourself with positive people who believe and inspire you
Having individuals 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 tell you you’re not alone. Just as they inspire you, the goals you accomplish 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 in life 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 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 spirit 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.