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.KiraDuMonde by:
Hi, if you haven't come across this yet there's some excellent tips on motivation in this earlier post that may help: http://dailyburn.com/communit...
I especially love the tips by anjag in this post.
When support is hard to find in your local setting, I've found using social websites and/or online forums as a great way to overcome this challenge. Try following those like-minded people that remind you daily why you've chosen a more healthy lifestyle. The more reinforcements you have, the more likely you won't "fall off the wagon" for lack of better words. If you can, I'd highly recommend following someone like anjag (Anja Garcia) on twitter and/or facebook - she posts some really great motivational tips every single day.
All the best!
I use the 5 minute rule. It takes a fair chunk of will power but for a very short amount of time. I use it for fitness, nutrition, and anything else. Basically, any time I talk myself out of doing something that I have the time to do, I'm not allowed to just say no. I must try the activity for 5 minutes, and I use the timer on my phone.
If, after 5 minutes, I still don't want to continue, then I can stop. But, I never have. 5 is always enough for me to get into the swing of things.
It even works in overcoming my considerable anxiety issue, give it a try, I hope it works for you :)
I think it's also important to switch up workout and/or routine on a regular basis--to keep your body guessing and your mind motivated to master your new routine. It's really about keeping your body and mind engaged in the process without getting comfortable. An inking of comfort is a trigger that it's time to switch it up--and fast! I trust you'll do it though. This DB community has great ideas--and we've all experienced this.
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.
I try to switch things every six weeks or so - I've found it really helps me prevent that sort of tapering off and eventually stopping all together that you're mentioning and that I have definitely experienced many times.
I log onto my fitness pal daily and all of my friends on there are complete strangers but they all are trying to lose weight. So we constantly do challenges and encourage each other. It's a great system.
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