Staying Motivated to a Fit and Healthy YOU!

Staying Motivated to a Fit and Healthy YOU!

Posted by Lori Shemek; November 9, 2012

It’s the same old story: you are all fired up, ready to make your mark in the fitness world, change your bad habits and then it happens. Days later you can’t even budge off the couch. The thrill is gone. Yes, I know, it seems impossible at times to get off that couch – you’re not alone!

Here are a few fail-proof tips that can really help you stay motivated to a fit and healthy you:

  • Lack of proper goal-setting can derail the most motivated person! In order for you to be successful, you must include small goal setting. I see this over and over: too many people focus on the larger end-result such as “I have to lose 50 pounds.” Instead, set smaller more reachable goals such as 1-2 pounds a week. This creates success from the start!  When you see and feel the success of losing your goal of 1-2 lbs per week, you will be motivated to keep going. Motivation is key in your exercise success.
  • If you are having a hard time getting started, it may be because you’re thinking too big. You may be thinking that you have to do these intense long workouts 5 days a week. NO — instead, do small, tiny, baby steps to start. Small steps ensure success. Success breeds success. The most effective workout for fitness and fat loss?  High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This form of exercise keep you feeling strong, confident and it burns fat like nobody’s business. Just 12 minutes – 3 times a week! It’s so easy, you can’t fail. The best part? You start out at what you can do and reach for more. Even top-notch fitness pros always reach for more, so can you.
  • Schedule your exercise – this works like a charm with my clients. There is a name for it: accountability. There is much research showing that just the act of writing down the date and time you will be exercising ensures success. Honor it as you would a doctor appointment. By scheduling your work-outs, you are creating strong neuronal pathways in the brain that set-up the expectation that you will be exercising on a certain day and at a certain time. After roughly three weeks, you will have literally created a habit.

By taking these simple steps, you are creating success in your life and fully integrating positive healthy behaviors. The result? A fit, confident, strong and lean you.

Author of the best-selling book ‘Fire-Up Your Fat Burn!’