Staying Motivated For The Long Haul

  1. Set a Goal: Whether you’re trying to lose weight, start a diet, or just eating a little healthier, it’s important to set goals. Set a few short-term goals and one or two long-term goals to work toward. Envision yourself healthier, lighter, and in better shape- research shows this can actually increase your motivation to get moving!
  2. Don’t whether the weather: Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to use the weather to your advantage. Incorporate the sunny outdoors into your workout regiment by visiting a local park, taking a walk with your family or playing tag with your kids outside. As an added bonus, you will get a healthy dose of vitamin D!
  3. Join forces with friends and family: These joint forces will help you to stick to your exercise and diet commitments. With encouragement from your peers, as well as any guilt-tripping they may impose, a little tough love never hurt anyone and can help you stick to your plan better!
  4. Jot it down: Keep a food and exercise log to track your progress. When you’re feeling uninspired just go back and read all of the positive decisions you have made to keep yourself on track.
  5. Make it fun: Change your scenery, try a new kind of physical activity like yoga, hiking, or tennis. Even try a new type of healthy food/cuisine! Anything to mix it up and keep it fresh will keep you excited to continue incorporating new exercise/diet ideas into your life.
  6. Incorporate Other Outlets: Buy a new piece of workout apparel you’ll want to wear. Make a new workout playlist on your ipod your itching to listen to. Or, read an article or health magazine to keep inspiration coming from multiple outlets.
  7. Reward Yourself: Bribery is a successfully proven tactic, so moderately indulge in a personal favorite for a bit of self-reward after completing an extra tough workout or week of dieting. Buy yourself a new outfit, let yourself to sleep in an extra hour if you’re a morning workout person, or take a cardio/weights break and devote a day to just stretching.
  8. Plan ahead: Plan your meals ahead of time so you avoid making unhealthy, mindless eating decisions. Or keep a regularly planned exercise regiment so you stick with a routine that your comfortable and familiar with, like packing a gym bag to keep at work to ensure an afternoon gym session.
  9. Stay positive: Staying positive is one of the most difficult things to do in an exercise or diet program. Next time your feeling a little down about your progress, remind yourself of 3 positive decisions or actions you made recently to prompt continued success.
  10. Take a break: Your body needs REST in order to absorb in the progress your making, change, and produce results. So don’t overexert yourself, and take a day or two to rest and recover.

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