You may have read Part 1 of my blog on How to Start Becoming Addicted to Exercise. Well, I wanted to provide you with more tips on how you can make exercise and health a priority…how to make it a daily routine like brushing your teeth and showering.. So let’s continue..
4. Find a Fitness Coach and Motivator
Whether you’re a total newcomer to the fitness scene or you just need a little motivation and guidance, a fitness coach and motivator can help you set goals and develop a plan to make them happen. People think they can’t afford fitness programs, but they don’t realize that some gym memberships and just one or two sessions with a personal trainer at a gym can cost more that any at home fitness program. Investing just one or two hundred bucks can go a long way. Plus, a good fitness coach will also hold you accountable and will motivate you to work your hardest. It’s all about positive reinforcement and being there for the client when they need it. Fitness Coaches hold online or personal groups where like-minded individuals share concerns, triumphs and share stories.
5. Join an Online Challenge or Health and Nutrition Accountability Group
Working out is more fun with friends—and it’s a lot harder to bail on when you’ve got other people relying on you. I think that’s why my private online groups are so successful. It shows the value of the support system, which should be an integral part of any workout plan. Your exercise group could be an entire group full of people, or just one exercise buddy and your coach who makes sure you’re out of bed to meet them for your morning/afternoon workout. Feeling ambitious? Join an online health and nutrition group and join in the many challenges offered. A little healthy competition always gets you motivated! I usually run one monthly as well as Free a Clean Eating Groups. Contact me for more information.
6. Pay for it
Being accountable with money is a good thing. If you invest in a fitness program and have a great fitness and motivational coach, you’re more likely to work harder to get your money’s worth. Or, bribe yourself with smaller investments—treat yourself to a new pair of running shoes or a new GPS watch, for example.
7. Don’t overdo it
One way to put a stop to your new exercise habit before it even gets off the ground? Getting hurt. Beginners (or people just returning to fitness after a long break) need to be careful about trying to do too much, too soon, which can leave you sore and exhausted—or worse yet, with a real injury that will keep you sidelined for even longer. It’s normal to have some muscle aches and stiffness a day or two after working out muscles you haven’t used in a while, but if you start to feel sick or overly tired, you could be training too hard. Following your fitness program and doing modifications exactly as shown, and working with your Fitness Coach can help you make sure you’re progressing at a reasonable pace.
8. Get techy (and social)
For some people, the feel-good side effects of exercise are enough to keep them going. Others need something a little more tangible to get themselves up and out of bed every morning. If you thrive on statistics and numbers, you may find that using apps, computer programs, or wearable pedometers and fitness trackers can help you stay on track with a new routine. Whether you’re counting your daily steps or the number of calories you’ve burned, technology can help you challenge yourself to new personal bests every day. Once your friends start asking you about your new exercise habits, it may be harder to let them fall by the wayside. Staying in tune with your online accountability group is key. You can talk to your team mates about your new gadgets. How many extra reps you did. How your resistance weight increased. Documenting your workout and eating will definitely help keep up the momentum. I currently use MyPlate to add in my food, track my exercise and my calories burned.
9. Hold out on yourself
Trick yourself into looking forward to exercise, by making it the only time you treat yourself to something special. Maybe it’s a podcast or a playlist of songs that you only listen to you while you workout or wearing your favorite workout gear or checking in with your online group and team mates. When you associate exercise with positive experiences, you’ll start to look at it less as a chore and more as something fun and rewarding.
10. Count your calories
It’s not directly related to exercise, but paying closer attention to what you’re putting into your body can make you more aware of how you’re treating it, overall. (Keeping a food and fitness diary or using a calorie-tracking app can also remind you of how a few more minutes of exercising or more reps can help balance out that extra scoop of guacamole.) Plus, a 2013 Stanford University study found that people who adopt a diet and exercise program together are more likely to stick with both new habits than those who tackle an individual goal by itself. For those following the 21 Day Fix, although you need to only concern yourself about how many green or red containers you need in a day, it may still be beneficial to count calories.
I hope this article was very helpful. I would love to hear comments and some of your ways to help make exercise more addicting.. Please follow my blog and leave me a message letting me know how you like the ideas and tips I have mentioned in my last two blogs!