They say actions speak louder than words and that’s definitely the case when it comes to exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. For most of us, we know that we should be working out and have the intention to do so on a regular basis, but oftentimes lack to motivation to act on it. These four simple tips will provide you with the motivation to live a healthier and more active lifestyle.
1. Create Milestones
Create objective goals and timelines for you to achieve them. Once you hit these short term milestones on a regular basis you will be consistently improving towards your long term goal and wll be more motivated to follow through. Regardless of how small the milestone may be I suggest creating weekly milestones to stay on track. An example of this could be drink 1 gallon a water each day or simply wake up 30 mins earlier and take a walk before getting ready for work.
2. Outsource Your Inspiration
One of the biggest motivational tools for many individuals is the inspiration of others to help them out in whatever goal that they may have. Find a friend who will hold you accountable and will check to make sure you’re staying on track with your fitness and health aspirations or check out the Pact app on your iPhone. Connect your credit card to the app, make a fitness goal and commitment, and if you check in with the app a certain amount of times a day, you will earn money. If you don’t check in, you will have to pay a set amount. This is a great source of inspiration since money is a huge motivator for many people.
3. Track Your Results
Use apps or logs to track your food, and monitor your weight, body composition and health vitals. This will allow you to see objective real-time results as you progress and can help anyone stay motivated and keep pushing forward to achieve their health and fitness goals. MyFitnessPal, fitbit, MapMyRun and the iPhone Health app are all great tools to log and track your results.
4. Make Your Goals Known
If your family and friends know that you are working to achieve a certain fitness or health goal, you are more likely to push through the difficult aspects and succeed. With the support of family and friends, you can stay on track and are more likely to avoid failure because you won’t want to let others down. However, if you ultimately fail in achieving your goal, it can seem a bit tragic to come to the realization that so many people know your goal, so while it’s smart to share, I don’t recommend boasting or oversharing .