Like most people, you probably made a new year’s resolution to start exercising regularly. Now, approaching three months, it’s getting harder and harder for you to keep that resolution.
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You’re not alone in that sentiment, research shows that there is a 46% gap amongst those with the intention to exercise and those that actually exercise. In fact, even though the World Health Organization recommends around 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of intense activity per week, only 20% of adults in the US actually meet the said guideline.
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That doesn’t mean you should give up however if you’re truly serious about maintaining your resolution and continuing to exercise, we have some tips that might help.
Remember why you started
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Everyone has their own unique reasons for starting to exercise. For some it could be because of a health scare, for others, it could be because they didn’t like the way they looked in the mirror.
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But for most of us, the grueling day to day commitment of exercise makes us forget why we started it all in the first place. We start questioning the effects of what we’re doing and slowly doubt sets in.
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When that happens, you need to remember why you started this ordeal in the first place. What pushed to make the resolve to exercise. What kept you going throughout these past few months? Remember why you wanted to exercise.
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To persevere at our weakest, we need to remember ourselves at our strongest. And you were at your strongest when you took that first step to begin exercising.
So the next time you’re thinking about skipping your exercise, think back to why you decided to embark on this path.
Reframe your attitude
One of the first things you need to do is change your mindset. If you don’t see yourself as someone who can exercise or maintain exercising for a long period of time, then you’re just setting yourself up for failure. You need to be resolute and strong in your conviction. If you don’t believe you can do it, then you can’t.
Next, when it comes to setting up goals, be SMART;
Specific – What is it exactly that you want to achieve? We all exercise to be healthier or lose weight, but those are too general. Be more specific, for example, “I want to lose belly fat”
Measurable – Make sure you can measure your progress, so taking the example above, you can measure your waist to track your progress.
Realistic – You aren’t going to get a 6 pack in one month, if you set unrealistic standards it’s going to hurt your motivation when you don’t meet them. Start small and make sure your goals are attainable.
Time Sensitive – Set a deadline, people are more likely to do something when they set a clear time table. Otherwise, they would keep pushing it off to another day.
Also, don’t be afraid to be flexible with your exercise. There will be times when a certain exercise might be too hard or too time-consuming, instead of continuing to do them, and ultimately being put off by them, have some backup plans and work your way towards the more challenging ones.
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Finally, one of the best ways to change your mindset is to find like-minded friends. People who are also working towards a similar goal. Exercising and socializing is a great combo as friends can provide you with tips and tricks to improve, plus motivate you to continue during the times when you start doubting yourself.
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