Fitness Motivation

Feeling lazy? Already a month into the new year, and maybe you don’t have the motivation to keep up with your daily exercises or gym routine. Hopefully these helpful tips can give you some motivation and keep your drive going. It’s not an easy task to accomplish, but it is achievable and can lead to a long-term, healthy lifestyle. A rule that I personally go by is that it takes about 21 days to get into a routine or habit for anything, and it takes 90 days to begin to make that a lifestyle.

One easy tip is to not set your goals too high. Truth is, being fit and living healthy takes hard work and dedication. If you make goals that will take a long time or are unreachable in the time frame you want, you are going to lose your motivation because you won’t reach them right away. Instead, create mini goals for yourself. This way you can see the progress you want and keep progressing until you finally end up where you want to be. This technique is very important because as you keep seeing yourself succeed, you will want to keep up the hard work and you won’t lose your motivation.

Another thing that is extremely helpful is to have a partner or friend that you can work out with or have keep you motivated. Having someone to hold you to your routine can be very motivating, especially if they perform it with you. They can push you to stick to your plan and assist you in overcoming your mental obstacles.

Making small goals for yourself and having a friend to keep you motivated will help you in achieving the life you want, but in the end, it’s up to you to accomplish this. Realize that there are no short cuts or cheat codes you can use to make exercising, eating well, healthy living, or any fitness goal you may have easier. It will take time and commitment, and accepting that is the first step to carrying out your daily routine each and every day.

Dr. Nima Patel

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