Keep Going!

After the initial motivation of New Year’s resolutions and the start of a new year have passed, finding the motivation to keep going to the gym a few months into the New Year can be difficult. The last thing anyone feels like doing is getting up early to go for a run on a cold morning or heading to the gym after a long day of work. Finding the motivation to keep going is sometimes the hardest part of working out, but these five reasons can help keep you going.

1)     You don’t want to start over – Nothing is worse than working out on a regular basis for two or three weeks (or months) and then letting yourself fall out of the routine, only to have to start-up again a while later when you realize how much better you felt when you worked out regularly. I’ve done it to myself many times and having to start over is hard!

2)     The end goal is worth it – Keep your end goal in mind every day. Maybe you want to lose 10 pounds or need to tone up; whatever your goal, focus on what you want (lose weight, flat abs, etc.) to help keep yourself motivated.

3)     Getting where you want to be takes time – You can’t lose 20 pounds in two weeks or go from sitting in an office chair 8 hours a day to running a 5K in a week. Everything takes time. Instead of focusing on how far you still need to go, focus on how far you’ve come!

4)     Working out is hard work – Whether you want to lose weight or tone up, working out takes a lot of hard work. voxifit: The Voice of Fitness, a motivational fitness blog, says: “Many people still don’t realize that losing weight and having a healthy body takes time and hard work, it isn’t a fast track” (voxifit). Losing weight requires “putting time and effort into your commitments” (voxifit). Keeping this in mind is important because when you realize something is hard work from the beginning, it can challenge you to work harder.

5)     You feel better – This should be the number one reason to keep working out. Even after only a few days at the gym, it’s easy to notice a big difference in how you feel. Regular physical activity not only improves your mood and gives you more energy, but it also helps with weight loss and can help prevent a variety of health problems (Mayo Clinic staff).

Keep up the hard work! Focus on working out and making healthy choices this year, and you will start to see the results you want. Taking care of yourself should be one of your top goals for 2013 and in the end, you’ll be happy you stuck to it and kept motivated!

Sources:

Mayo Clinic staff. “Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity.” 23 July 2011. Mayo Clinic. Webpage. 20 Feb 2013. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676&gt;.

“Fitness Motivation – Patience, Passion, and Perseverance.” voxifit: The Voice of Fitness. 9 Jan 2013. Webpage. 21 Feb 2013. <http://voxifit.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/fitness-motivation-patience-passion-and-perseverance/&gt;

Photo from Flickr: quinn.anya. Creative Commons. 19 July 2010. Webpage. 21 Feb 2013. quinnanya/5024365316/in/photostream/>

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