Keeping and achieving your fitness goals isn’t always an easy task. Whether you’re trying to get in the best shape of your life to compete in Ms. Olympia or improve your general health – it’s never easy. But, than again, nothing that’s worth it is ever easy. It also doesn’t have to be hard. Exercising or fitness doesn’t have to be dull, boring or hard. Once you learn to embrace it and go with the flow, it becomes a way of life. And even if you don’t like it, do it for your health.
Do what works for you:
You don’t have to lift it all too get in shape or do a million burpees everyday. If you’re a casual gym goer or your goal is to lose a few pounds, then find something you can stick with and go from there. What are your interests? If you like the outdoors, find some trails and activities to participate in. Many cities have charity walks and runs throughout the year. There are a million things you can do to stay active and get in shape.
Get a partner:
Grab a friend or even your significant other and do it together. It’s always easier and more enjoyable when you have a partner. You two can motivate each other. If you’re into fitness and your partner isn’t, get them involved – they’ll thank you later and you two will have more in common. Walking and talking or working out at the gym is a great way to spend quality time together. Working out, running, cycling and walking gets boring when you’re doing it alone. Time goes by much faster when you’re working out with someone.
Stay focused and motivated:
Die hard gym rats and those about that fitness life have no problem staying motivated. Some of us would die if we spend more than a day from the gym. I myself can’t go more than two days without lifting something. I got my first set of vinyl-covered-concrete weights at the age of 10, and it’s been on every since. Although, I didn’t get serious about weightlifting until 15. It’s been 32 years and I’m still hooked.
You stay motivated by associating yourself with like-minded people who also want or live a healthy lifestyle. You can find these motivators and friends in gyms and online.
Don’t give up:
No matter how bad you don’t want to work out, do it anyways. Yes, there are days when I’m not feeling it 100% and I still go, only to end up having a monster workout. But, the end results always keeps me motivated. And I’m not trying to lose 32 years of gains.
Don’t make excuses:
“I’ll go later” or “I’m not feeling that well” – Shut up and get it done. There are no excuses -EVER
Do it for yourself:
Do it for the love-of-self. Love yourself enough to want to take care of you. Do it because you love your family, friends, spouse and kids. They want you around for as long as they can have you. Do it and keep on doing it!! And LOVE IT