What are some tips for staying motivated long-term?
Once I get past the first week 'I'm so sore I can't function' phase, I love working out and will get at it for months (feeling great, looking great). Then something inevitably comes along and pulls me back out that I DREAD jumping back into it. It's a bit more difficult for me as I come from a family that is overweight, has bad eating habits, and completely non-active lifestyles, so there isn't much support. I'm curious what other people do to stay motivated long-term.by: KiraDuMonde
I suggest signing up for an athletic event 3 - 6 months away like a 5k run, a mud obstacle course, or a cycling event. Just knowing that you have something to train for beyond just "working out" will give you a clear goal. Better yet, form a team of coworkers, neighbors, or motivate your family to join.
The DailyBurn team trained for a Tough Mudder event together last year, and it was a fun day. It gave us all a reason to work on our strength and conditioning for months in advance.
While I agree with Kelvin that switching up your workout can help keep you interested, I think routine can actually be an important way to keep yourself going long-term. For example, if you make it your routine to get up in the morning and throw on your workout clothes first thing, it will become habitual and working out won't be something that you have to find time and motivation for later in the day.
I also agree with Kate about signing up for athletic events. When I first started getting into running, I signed up for a 5k and did one about every 3 months or so. The first one was a huge milestone, and it was a great motivator to see my time improve at the later races.
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