Many people have a goal of getting fit, but do not have a “mental” plan in place to make it happen. Recognizing that the mental part may be more important than the physical part is just another step in the right direction of sticking with your exercise plan. Use these five steps to propel you toward reaching your fitness goals.
1. Feel Emotional
Have you heard the term “emotions create motion”? Feeling disturbed about your health and well-being can make all the difference in the world in making the switch to commit to a consistent exercise regimen. Try on a few bathing suits or take out an old photo of yourself when you felt good about your body or go get a physical. Make a list of what you want to change and allow your emotions to create the transformation.
2. Make a Clear Decision
Clarity allows us to get to the place we want to go. Rather than just wishing you could lose a few pounds, make a clear decision and a serious commitment to taking action toward your goals. Decide on the body you want and then motivate yourself by thinking of several long-term goals you're shooting for, like running a marathon or never wearing the size you're in again. Getting that clear picture in your mind will allow you to take action and commit.
3. Get Focused
The more focused you are while exercising, the more you are likely to challenge yourself in ways you never thought possible. Instead of thinking about the pain of the workout, focus on the movement and the energy it takes to move the muscles you are working on. Try keeping a mental picture of your goal in your head. Some people also find that listening to music helps motivate them to stay in a zone. Dr. Costas Karageorghis concluded that music is “an often untapped source of both motivation and inspiration for sport and exercise participants.”
4. Get Creative
Getting tired of the same exercise routine is pretty common and results in not exercising at all. Thinking of creative solutions to motivate you to exercise will help. The trick is finding something you love to do. If you are sick of the treadmill and the same exercises you continually do, then it’s time to make the switch and find something that excites you. Try incorporating kayaking, karate, or ballroom dancing into your weekly routine. Once you discover what you enjoy doing most then exercise will start to feel less of a chore and it will become more fun to do.
5. Be Realistic
Realistic, well-planned weight-loss goals keep you motivated and focused. Unrealistic and overly aggressive weight-loss goals can be difficult, even impossible to meet. For example, losing 25 pounds in four weeks in time for your high school reunion can surely undermine your efforts. And if your weight-loss goals are beyond reach, you're more likely to be discouraged and feel frustrated, and give up altogether on your weight loss plans.
Being mentally ready to stick with an exercise and healthy eating program is an important, if not, the most important step to reaching your goals. The more you practice these five steps to your mental plan, the more ready you will be, and the quicker you will reach your goals.
Talk it Out
Sometimes no matter how many steps we take in trying to come up with a plan of action on our own, it just doesn't seem to "gel" into anything that we believe will guide us to success. That is where the advice of an expert can come in handy. Why not schedule a consultation with a qualified personal trainer or wellness experts who can give you all of the information on fitness you need.
If you are in the local Chantilly, Centerville, Herndon Fairfax area, our team of certified female personal trainers can help you craft fitness plans for weight loss and general health and wellness that will get you great results!