Staying Motivated to Achieve Your Fitness Goals in the New School Year
If fitness is a priority to you, you will find time to devote to it. Here are six tips to help motivate you to find that time:
1. SET "SMART" GOALS These goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant + Time-based. Your SMART goals should have a time frame so that you won't push them off. Examples of SMART goals include: running a 5K in the next 3 months, taking 3 fitness classes a week, or doing 10 consecutive push ups by the end of the month.
2. MAKE FITNESS WORK FOR YOU Finding an exercise regimen that suits your lifestyle is easier than trying to force yourself into a regimen that doesn't work or feel right. Exercise for whatever amount of time you can find, and you can always build from there. 3. DIVERSIFY You're less likely to stick with a workout that you do not enjoy, so it's important to try different options until you find workouts you like. Also, keep in mind that variety prepares our bodies for different aspects of our physical lives and reduces the risk of injury by avoiding repetitive strain on the same parts of the body.
4. SOCIALIZE Whether in-person or remotely, having a friend to hold you accountable or join you in quality time can provide motivation to continuity. 5. AUDIO Play music or listen to a podcast to keep you motivated and/or distracted
. 6. START SLOWLY + BE KIND Starting an exercise regimen that is too hard, too fast can result in an injury or a loss of motivation. It is healthy to give your body AND mind time to adjust and adapt. If you don't feel like working out, sometimes you just have to start going through the motions, and your motivation will kick in.