You can accomplish anything in life with enough time and positive motion. While some of life’s goals may require more time than a lifetime offers, there are ones that can be accomplished by anyone with a plan that works for them and determination to carryout that plan. Getting fit, losing weight and facing life as a healthier person with more endurance, strength and flexibility may seem difficult at first, but if you stick with it, it can be done.
“Put one foot in front of the other” is a message from a children’s song.
I love to Christmas programs and the messages of hope and love. One particular program, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, featured a song with inspiring lyrics. “Put one foot in front of the other and soon you’ll be walking across the floor. Put one foot in front of the other and soon you’ll be walking out the door.” I thought to myself when I heard it that it could be about exercise. Just do it and before you know it, you’ll be in shape. I read a motivating story about a man that was extremely obese, to the point that he could only walk a few steps. He became motivated by the possibility of never walking again and daily took those few steps, until they became a few more and finally, today, has lost more than three fourths his body weight and is running marathons. That’s the power of motivation.
Workout with a friend to stay motivated.
If you can buddy up to workout, you’ll find that it works better. Not only do you have someone else holding you accountable, you also have someone to help make the workout more interesting. That’s one reason group classes work so well. Not only does the trainer provide motivation, the whole group does too. It’s far more fun and let’s face it, having fun is truly motivating, too.
Track your workout and your progress.
It’s easy to say that you’ll workout, but you’ll be more likely to stick to a program if you track your workout and your results. Tracking is nothing more than noting the number of repetitions and sets. If you’re using weights, the amount of weight involved. It makes it more of a game, rather than a chore and you’ll get motivation as you see your progress improving.
- Snap a selfie once every two weeks. Either take a selfie or have a friend take a full body picture of you in the same clothing and in the same place. Compare pictures as you progress.
- Give yourself a reward. Don’t make it a food reward if you’re trying to lose weight, but a reward of a new outfit works.
- Keep a workout jar. Every time you workout, pitch a dollar in the jar that you can spend anyway you want after three months. As the money builds, so will your motivation.
- Break up your workout to smaller bites throughout the day. One client hated to start a long workout, so on her days away from the gym, broke the workout to four-ten minute sessions. She wasn’t nearly as reluctant to start.