Swimsuits, skinny jeans, doctors’ orders: Which is most on your mind? The promise to commit to a fitness plan is always a personal one, yet one we break time and again. No matter what sparked your momentum, staying the course is central to your weight loss goals. Here, a glimpse at the nuts and bolts of motivation, plus tricks for finding the enthusiasm to get moving when simply thinking about exercise seems like a workout in itself.
How to Rev Your Stalled Momentum
Grab a pen and list your reasons for slimming down. Dr. Nieman suggests that the habit of jotting down your motives and their rewards opens the door to embracing the reality of a new you.
Exit your comfort zone.
Sacrificing your routine allows you the chance to engage your mind and body in new and interesting ways. This is a key strategy to employ if boredom’s your motivational hurdle. For ten fresh workout ideas, visit the American Council on Exercise’s list of popular and budget-friendly fitness trends.
Give your fingers a workout, online that is.
There’s no better time than now to take advantage of fun, Internet freebies—from iPhone apps to music playlists grouped by workout type and genre, the Web doesn’t disappoint if you’re looking for pick-me-ups.