In the beginning, it is easy to talk yourself out of exercising. If you really don’t want to exercise, finding an excuse is not at all difficult. However, if you do want to continue working out, but need a little help until it becomes a habit and part of your daily routine, these tips and tricks may work as well for you as they have for others:
Set a goal
Without an ending point or something to look forward to, what is the point of exercising? And how do you know if you are making progress or not? Set a realistic and attainable goal to give you the motivation you need to keep working toward success. In the beginning, it will be tough, but as you start to see results and move toward your goal, it will get easier.
There will be times when you just don’t feel like exercising. But you drive on and do it because you don’t want to let your buddy down. However, the truth be known, there probably have been times when your buddy didn’t feel like exercising either but did to not let you down. Exercising with a friend is one of the best motivators to keep exercising. Find one with about the same goals as you and work out together. Each of you will gain support from the other.
Doing the same thing over and over gets boring after a while. And because of the resiliency of our bodies, they get used to doing the same thing and do it more efficiently, meaning you don’t burn as many calories now as you did when you first started that routine. By mixing it up, you are challenging your body, forcing it to burn more calories, plus you are using different muscle groups which will become more toned – all adding to the lean long body that you desire. Plus, having to focus on new exercises will keep your mind sharp and from getting bored.
Not only does exercise help you lose weight and tone muscle, making you look fabulous in the mirror, but it can stave off and even prevent some serious diseases, like obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis … need I go on? These, for the most part, are things you can’t see in the mirror, but not only can improve the quality of life but actually extend it. Most of us want to live in the best health for as long as we can. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help make it happen.