Can you believe we are halfway through 2015 already? Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Are you still on track with your goals? If you are, that’s awesome! If not, don’t get discouraged and instead make a half-year’s resolution? It’s a chance at a do-over. It may not have all the hoopla of a New Year’s resolution but being summertime, maybe there’s something new to add to your list that incorporates the warm weather. Look back at these past six months and see what went well and what you can improve on. Evaluate your goals, set a plan, and get to work. Let’s have a great second half of 2015.
What are your half year’s resolutions? Please share them in the comments section below.
How do you find motivation to exercise when you just don’t feel like it? I get asked this question every now and then so I thought I’d write a post about it. There are many ways to motivate you to exercise; here are a few that have worked for me. Just remember there are days you will struggle with exercising and that’s normal.
- Think about how you will feel after a workout. I always feel great after a good workout. It’s a high. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “runner’s high,” same thing can be found from any good workout.
- Make time for you. We make time to take care of many people in our lives yet we can forget to take care of ourselves. Make your “you” time a priority, and don’t miss that exercise appointment.
- Rewards. If you exercise for a few days, give yourself a reward! A week? Another reward. Do it often in the beginning to help you form a habit. Don’t make that reward food as you don’t want your reward to ruin your progress. I like to buy new fitness gear.
- Fitting into new clothes. Want to look good in a smaller size? Work out! Find that pair of pants you have avoided and work to make them fit great.
- Visualize how you’re going to look. Imagine a slimmer, fitter, healthier you. Let that visualization drive you.
- Read a Magazine. It motivates me to read fitness magazines. Reading through Men’s Health and other magazines can really help my motivation.
- Read a Book. I recently finished a fun running book. It made me want to lace up my shoes and head out the door every night I read it.
- Blogs. I enjoy reading other blogs about people who are into running, or losing weight. It can show the ups and downs they go through which tells me I’m not alone in this struggle and you can learn from their experiences.
- Calories burned. If you count calories, you know that the more you exercise the more calories you burn and the bigger your calorie deficit.
- Success stories. I find the success stories of others incredibly inspirational. The teambeachbody website always has success stories and they are inspiring.
- Stress relief. All wound up after a long day at the office? Get out and work off that stress. This is a major motivator for me. Somehow exhausting myself can be the most relaxing part of my day.
- Time for contemplation. The quiet of exercising is great for your thinking and sorting out your thoughts. Most of this post was written in my head during a recent run.
- A workout friend (accountability partner). I have a few friends I like to meet to go running on Saturday mornings. It’s great to have the company and catching up with them on how the week was. It’s also motivating to get my butt out of bed and go run as I know they will be there waiting for me and I don’t want to disappoint them.
- An exercise log. Write it down. There’s just something hard to explain about the feeling when you can look back and see your accomplishment.
- 5K race or other fun runs. Just sign up for one and you’ll be motivated to train. I keep a few races on my schedule to push me year round.
- The dreaded “blah” feeling from not working out. I hate how I feel when I skip a workout. I remind myself of that when I feel tired.
- Your before picture. You often don’t realize how far you’ve come. Take pictures as it’s a great way to see your progress. The scale doesn’t tell the whole truth. A measuring tape is another great way to track your progress.
- Think about it as being fun. Exercise should be fun. If it isn’t, try a different kind of activity that you enjoy. As long as you’re moving, it’s good for you.
- Reaching a goal. Set a goal for weight, or your waist measurement, or a number of days to work out, or a number of miles to run this week. Setting and tracking a goal helps motivate you to complete that goal. Make it easily achievable. I like to set short-term weekly goals and long-term goals that are obtainable if I’ve followed through on my weekly goals.
- Post it on social media or your blog. Tell people you’re going to lose weight or exercise daily, and report to them.
- Motivational quotes. I like to save a few to my desktop on my computer.
- Friends commenting on how good you look. When someone notices the changes in your body, it feels good.
- Think about that upcoming vacation or summer time. Swimming suit season is a big motivator for some.