Many people start with exercise program but can’t stick to it. You may feel excited for few weeks, but initial excitement starts going down after a week or two; you find that you are losing your motivation to exercise. Every day you come up with some new excuses like not enough sleep; sometimes, it is too cold! And other times, you just want to enjoy the morning sleep! Sticking with exercise starts with finding a program you enjoy and that fits in with your lifestyle, goals and needs. That means being realistic about what you’ll really accomplish each week. The key to sticking to an exercise program is finding a way to keep the original motivation The best way to stick to your exercise program is:
CONSISTENCY + VARIETY+ EFFICIENCY= POSITIVE RESULTS, all the time!
Whenever you start your exercise program keep a target for your exercise program
Set a short goal: many people start out with a killing workout. If you set tough goals in the beginning then you won’t be able to achieve them. In the beginning set a short goal, do easy exercises, and once you are used to this type of routine you can increase your activity level and workout harder. Setting time frames for your daily workouts is a great motivator. It keeps you focused, you feel more productive, and in the end workouts do not feel like a big effort.
Motivate yourself with reward: when you reach a goal reward yourself. Reward can be any activity that makes you feel good, you need not spend money to reward yourself. You can go for a walk with your friend, go for shopping, and watch your favorite movie.
Get a partner: Your workout becomes more interesting if you have someone to give you company. A partner will keep your motivation to exercise on a higher level. Partner could be anyone you like your friend, relative, wife, husband.
Make your exercise fun: Try to make your programs fun and effective in the shortest possible time you can. Choose activity which ever you like the most like walking in a favorite garden, swimming, yoga, aerobic dancing.
Think about the benefits: think about what you will get out of it. For example, instead of thinking about how hard it is to wake early, focus on how good you’ll feel when you’re done, and how your day will be so much better. The benefits of something will help energize you.
Read inspiring stories. Inspiration can come from others who have achieved what you want to achieve. Read inspirational blogs, books, and magazines.
So if you want to sustain a healthy exercise, do not create an environment that raises anxiety. Start with little steps and soon you are able to handle more.
“SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE”