How to Keep Moving Forward with your Fitness
By: Laura Kelly-Pifer
Last week on facebook, I had asked the question “What do you find harder? Eating healthy or exercise.” and an overwhelming number of you commented that exercise was harder.
So, breaking that further down, it seemed that lack of motivation was the culprit. Today I want to share with you some ways on how to stay motivated and keep moving forward in your fitness program.
Most folks struggle with motivation every day and I’ll be honest, I’m one of them. Exercise isn’t something that comes naturally to me. In fact, I was age 30 before I attempted to incorporate exercise into my daily routine and only just a few years ago, found what I enjoyed enough to stick with it. Do I ever lose my motivation? Yep, some days I do but I know that in order for me to move forward, I must keep going.
For you to be motivated, you need to find something that you enjoy doing. If you like to walk, like I do, make it a daily habit. I don’t know about you but when I’m walking outside, I’m able to see things in a whole new light. I’m able to think more clearly and I focus better on the things I need to do the rest of the day. I truly enjoy my morning walks. The same can be done with whatever fitness program you choose. If you don’t have a fitness program, I encourage you to find not only something that you enjoy but something that will challenge you and keep you interested. If you don’t like what you’re doing, you’ll be less likely to stick with it.
Another way to stay motivated is to write down your list of reasons why you are working out. For me, my why is as simple as this: I chose to exercise so that I can stay healthy. Feeling good and being pain free is important to me. I know that when I exercise, I’m not as stiff and I’m able to move more. Once you have written down your why, place it somewhere you can see it daily.
Now, for you folks how have weight loss goals and have hit a plateau, I know how hard and frustrating it can be when you’re not seeing the number on the scale move. A few things to keep in mind and do….
- Take a current picture and compare to your before picture.
- Take your current measurements and compare to your before measurements.
- If you’re only using the scale to gauge your progress, I encourage you to find a dress, a pair of jeans or shorts that you want to fit into and use them instead
- Talk to your Coach and ask for help.
- Contribute in your Accountability Group. Group support helps keep me motivated.
My point is to not allow the scale to be the only determining factor in your weight loss. Your clothes may fit differently, you may have more energy and you may feel better. Look at the picture.
To sum this up, I want you to meet your goals. I want to see you successful. I want you healthy, happy, and fit. I want to see you have the energy to keep up with your family and do the things that you want to do. I don’t want to see you fall because you lost your motivation and once again, be derailed. It’s time to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Are you ready? After all…
Fitness + Nutrition + Support = SUCCESS FOR LIFE
Wishing you good health!
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Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!