Getting in shape and losing weight are two of the most popular New Years’ Resolutions. The bad thing is that they are the two most easily broken Resolutions, as well. In order to stay motivated while working out, you first have to motivate yourself into setting foot in the gym. This is done by setting your goals and finding a gym that is convenient. You are more likely to enter a gym that is near your house or one that you pass on your way to or from work each day. Once you have taken that step, the next is to stay motivated while you are working out. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep moving in order to accomplish your goals.
Make an upbeat playlist to listen while you work out
There are dozens of different types of music that people listen to on a daily basis, but only some of them provide proper workout encouragement. Choose music with a nice, up tempo beat to it that fits into your genre of choice. Dance music, punk rock, metal, guitar rock, disco, funk and even upbeat country are all good to work out to, as they will make you want to get up and move around. Basically, anything that makes you want to dance around will work well.
Although you are going to the gym and are going to sweat in your clothes, that is no reason to wear something old, torn and beat up. Workout clothes that you feel good in – and that fit well (no tugging, pulling, or constriction) – will motivate you. The same goes for shoes. You need gym shoes that are designed for the workouts that you have planned, and they need to be comfortable. Just as feeling good in your clothing helps you with your self-confidence; it also helps you in your workouts.
Work out with a buddy
This works especially well if you are a competitive person, although having a friend nearby can also keep you moving when you feel like you can’t take another step. You can help your workout buddy with the same things. The two of you should set a “workout goal,” like completing so many miles on a treadmill or doing a certain amount of lunges, and then see which one of you meets it consistently.
Keep your personal goals in mind the whole time
Whether you want to lose five pounds or fifteen, or simply want to be able to walk a mile without getting winded and out of breath, your goals will keep you moving.
Do exercises that you enjoy
However, make it more interesting by stepping outside of your comfort zone occasionally. If you hate to use the treadmill, but force yourself to use it, you will lose your exercise momentum. Stick with the machines and classes that you enjoy and you are most likely going to be able to meet your personal goals.
However, try to do something different on occasion; you may find that you like that new piece of equipment and will want to add it to your routine. This keeps you from getting bored with your workout.
This article was written by Terry Wood, a contributor to the US Insurance website.
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