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5 Ways To Maintain Your Fitness

Sticking to your fitness goals can be challenging, but it is also very rewarding. If you stumble every now and then, the most important part is that you are not discouraged. Get back up and try again.

Learning to be healthy takes time and dedication to your goals. Sticking with those goals also takes time and patience to perfect. Here are some tips to help you stick with your fitness goals.

1. Start Small And Set Specific Goals

When choosing your fitness goals, start with small goals and work your way up to the bigger and longer goals. Make your goals fun and easy. Take each goal one step at a time. Don’t set a goal that will be too hard to manage. Anything we make hard we will stop doing sooner or later.

Categorized your goals into short and long term goals. Short-term goals are specific action steps that build up to long term goals. Starting with smaller goals will help you to build momentum.

Break each goal up into steps that are easy to put in place. Even a hard goal is easier if you break it up. Each goal that you complete will empower you to start working on the more challenging ones.

2. Commit to Succeed

Make fitness more than a goal, make it a lifestyle. The more committed you are to your fitness goals the more likely you will be to stick with them.

Write it down: Write down your commitment to yourself and the specific goals that you want to reach.

Tell others: Every so often it is good to reaffirm your commitment to being healthy and fit. Let others know about your decision to be healthy. When we make public our intention to be fit and healthy we also make that commitment more real in our minds.

Teach others: Teaching others gives you a unique perspective on how fitness works. The repetition will also help you master the skill as you teach others.

3. Get Motivated

Motivation is the key element in sticking with your fitness goals. It is the driving force that pushes you to succeed and to keep with it. Here are some tips to keep motivated. Remember why you made a fitness goal. Stay connected with the reasons you started in the first place. When you stumble, use those reasons to stay motivated.

Reward yourself!! When you do good and you push through a hard workout remember to reward yourself. If you workout without acknowledging the payoffs, it will be much harder to stick with your goals. A reward will help you to remember how gratifying all the hard work can be.

4. Build Momentum

Motivation is the driving force, but momentum is what makes the whole process easier. When we have momentum on our side, nothing can stop us. It’s only when we lose that momentum that it becomes hard to stick to our goals.

Don’t take long breaks: Too many breaks between your workouts, this will cause you to lose focus and momentum. When you feel that momentum, keep it going.

Just do it: Time spent thinking about a workout rather than doing it will trigger inertia. Your mind tend to talk you out of doing workout.

5. Switch It Up

Your exercise routine should not become boring. Once your workout becomes boring it won’t be long before you stop doing it. Try new things, and keep it fresh and exciting.

Take a class: Instead of doing your same old workout try taking a class. There are so many different classes and teachers, each with their own unique approach. Classes can be fun, with an energetic and motivating teacher and group. Also, classes are great places to meet other fitness conscious people. When you have people with a fitness mindset in your life you are more likely to stick with your fitness goals. Aerobics, cycling, kettlebell, CrossFit, Pilates, tai chi, yoga, Zumba, spin, and kickboxing are just a few of the classes available.

Hire a personal trainer: They are experts at motivating people to work out. They provide fresh ideas for your workout and can guide you to take your fitness to the next level. This can be motivating in in of itself. The other critical benefit of getting a trainer is that it gives you someone to answer to. It is much harder to skip a workout when you have an appointment with a trainer.

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Final Thoughts

Motivation and momentum are critical to sticking with your fitness goals. Use your commitment to strengthen your resolve and take each goal one step at a time. Make your workouts fun, exciting and different. Most of all, don’t forget to reward yourself!

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