Exercising comes with a lot of benefits for the body and the mind. However, many women find it very difficult to keep up the habit. Aside from hectic schedules and fatigue, just getting started can be quite intimidating for some.
In order to have a successful workout in spite of these conditions, it’s important you find ways to keep yourself motivated, especially in the tougher early days.
Need some help? Here’s how to stay motivated about exercise both during and after your workouts:
- Make a workout support system
- Try a new sport or exercise
- Always challenge yourself
- Keep track of your fitness goals and progress
- Change your eating (and drinking) habits
- Remind yourself why you’re exercising
- Patience is key
- Take regular breaks from working out
- Set realistic fitness goals
- Celebrate every achievement
- Stay active outside of your workouts
- Make exercising fun!
Let’s break down the steps needed in each one.
Make A Workout Support System
Exercising on your own takes a lot more effort than you might expect. When I decided to work out, I didn’t really know how to go about it and because I didn’t set up a proper schedule, my workouts became incredibly sporadic. It wasn’t until I signed up for a workout class that I began to show some improvement. For one, I was now held accountable by everyone for showing up for the classes and when the workouts were particularly tough, we encouraged each other to push through.
Now you don’t have to join a workout class to get this kind of support. You can do the same with friends or family members who are also having difficulty staying on track and are serious about getting in shape. Whichever way you go about it, working out with other people makes the experience much easier.
Try A New Sport Or Exercise
One of the best parts about working out is that there are so many ways to go about it. Aside from boot camp training, HIIT, or CrossFit to name a few, you have other ways to get your workout in like martial arts, yoga and dance. Classes such as these offer great opportunities to learn something new, and even just applying some aspects from areas like these can make your workout a whole lot better.
Always Challenge Yourself
At some point of our journey to getting in shape, you might notice that the things you once found hard to do on day one are not so difficult anymore. On the one hand, this is good news as it shows that you’re making good progress. It’s also a sign that you need to change up your workout if you want to keep on making some strides. If ten pushups are too easy to you, add some more reps. If the five pound weights are too light to carry, use heavier ones.
Another way to make your workouts more challenging is by adding more intense exercises. It will be a welcome change to your current routine and is a great way to bring in more variety. It’s small changes like this that can go a long way for getting in shape.
Keep Track of Your Fitness Goals And Progress
With all of the tech that we have today, taking note of our progress is much easier. It can also come in handy as a small boost of encouragement. Checking it daily isn’t going to do so much, but checking it on a weekly or monthly basis is enough to put your mind at ease.
Checking your progress isn’t just restricted to tracking your weight, however. How many miles you’ve covered, keeping a food diary, or making sure you’re drinking enough water are some things that can help you ensure that your workouts go more smoothly.