7 Tips to Keep You Motivated

One of the biggest reasons people quit their fitness program is a lack of motivation. Maybe you’re not seeing the results you wanted. Maybe you need more variety. Maybe you’re just getting back into workouts and you’re not sure what to do to lose weight or reach your fitness goals. Need some motivation to keep going?

Here are seven tips that will help you stay on track.

1. What’s your goal? When you have a lot of weight to lose, it can be easy to get discouraged when you don’t see results quickly. In my morning boot camp in North Las Vegas, I tell clients to expect to take six months to a year to lose 50 pounds or more. When you set your goals too high, you can’t always meet your expectations. Instead, set a goal for the number of days you want to work out every week and I can help meet your expectations and hold you accountable. If your goal is to attend boot camp three days a week, it will take longer to reach your goals than if you expect to be in class five days a week.

2. Are you having fun yet? You’ll never meet your fitness goals if you’re not having fun while you’re doing it. Several weeks ago, I took some boot camp clients to the climbing wall at Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Everyone had fun trying a new, albeit it difficult, activity. Try to add something you enjoy to your workout schedule, whether it’s a weekly volleyball game, a bicycle ride or a yoga class. The variety will keep you interested in working out.

3. Are you doing it daily? Maybe you’ve heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Research shows that it may take as many as 66 days until something becomes automatic in your life, according to a study in the European Journal of Social Psychology. In order to make exercise a habit instead of a chore, you have to schedule it in your life. When it becomes something automatic that is party of your daily life, it’s easier to stay motivated to continue.

4. Are you writing it down? Hold yourself accountable by writing down when you exercise and what you eat. In my boot camp, I give everyone a food journal where they can write down what they eat every day and I go over the results every morning to keep everyone headed in the right direction and offer tips. It also helps you see progress.

5. Do you have co-conspirators? Sometimes you feel like you’re in this alone. You’re not. You need to surround yourself with like-minded people. In my boot camp, you automatically have a group interested in reaching the same goals as you. If you’re not in a group fitness program like boot camp, find friends, neighbors or relatives who will help you meet your fitness goals.

6. Do you have a reward in mind? Sometimes you need to give yourself some props for all the hard work you’re doing. Maybe you treat yourself to new running shoes. I have one client who buys new workout clothes to stay motivated. Or maybe you treat yourself to a reward meal when you reach a weight-loss goal or attend class for a month. Whatever your reward, it will keep you motivated to keep working toward your goal.

7. Do you fail to plan? During World War II, Winston Churchill said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” We all have slip ups. One way to prevent overeating, going to boot camp or even achieving your overall goals is to plan ahead. Make a grocery list with the healthy foods you need. Plan meals that are healthy. Set your alarm to get up in time for boot camp. And when you do decide to have a reward meal, plan it so you don’t go overboard.

With all of these tips, you should be motivated to stay on track and meet your health and fitness goals.

If you need a winning program try Workout Quest Boot Camp. I started Workout Quest Boot Camp started in 2009 with a vision to create new, fun, group-oriented workouts and a better alternative to the current health and fitness clubs. The boot camp offers five 50-minute sessions every week. The program includes a nutritional success manual for weight loss. Fitness assessments are given every four weeks to measure progress.  For more information, call 702-882-4021.

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