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Are you perfectly content with the way you look? Unfortunately, not many of us are happy with the way we look, which is why so many people try hard to lose weight and get in shape. This is easier said than done – it takes a lot of time and dedication to see the results, and the majority of people give up after a while because they lose motivation. If you’re just entering the world of workouts, we have something for you: we’ve put together a list of things you can do to stay motivated and get the most of your workouts.
Invite a friend
Motivation is here to inspire you to get started, but after a while, it won’t be enough to keep you going. This is where determination and inspiration have to step in, in order for you to keep going. Sadly, many people find it difficult to keep going even if they were very motivated in the beginning, and they turn to others for help. If you want to work out longer, you should team up with like-minded people because you will encourage and inspire each other to keep going even when things get tough and you lose your focus. When you feel like you’re giving up, turn to family and friends for support and comfort, but keep in mind that your workout partner is there for you, too. When you workout in pairs or in groups, you will not see those sessions as ‘just workout’ but as a chance to socialize too, and that’s important in the long run.
Stick to a plan
When you decide to start working out, it all seems easy: “I will go running every day”, you say, or “I will go to the gym three times a week”. This is great, but it also becomes dull after a while. It’s necessary for workouts to be diverse and exciting; otherwise, you will feel bored and lose your motivation. You should always find a specific workout plan and stick to it because such plans are usually made with this very fact in mind – to keep things exciting but also to give you the best results in the process. Doing a new exercise or learning a new move will encourage you to keep exploring and experimenting and it will keep things fresh.
Just like when you can’t wait for a chance to put on your new shoes and grab your new bag to show to the world, the same psychology lies behind workout gear: you want to show off when you get your hands on new gym wear. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a new pair of shoes, a cute new sports bra, a stylish gym bag, or a nice hoodie – new gear means new energy. What is more, when you finally ditch your shapeless old cotton tee and put on a form-fitting one made of spandex and polyester, you will feel like you’re born again. There is a reason gym wear is made of artificial materials – it dries quickly and it’s much more comfortable. When you feel good in your workout clothes, you’ll feel like being in the gym, too.
Take it slow
It’s easy to say you’ll be working out every day but, if you make that commitment and you skip a day or two, you’ll feel discouraged and it will be hard to get back on track. This is why you should take it slow and take your time – working out three times a week for half an hour is a great start! It will not be difficult to find the time to do it, and when you build up strength and stamina, you can prolong the sessions and switch to a more intensive program.
Have different goals
Setting a goal is great, but there is no reason to aim high straightaway. Long-term goals are necessary, but you won’t be able to keep your mind on them all the time. This is why you should also have several short-term goals as well: you will feel like you’ve accomplished a lot and it will boost your confidence levels, which will, in turn, give you the motivation to keep going. Your long-term goal should be something you want to achieve in a year, and within that year, there should be about a dozen smaller goals. This will keep you on the track and make your workout journey more personal.
Remember, it takes two months for you to notice changes in your physique, so don’t give up even if the results are slow to come. Keep in mind that you can be your biggest motivator, and if you manage to find strength and determination within, there will be nothing standing in your way to the dream body. If you love your body and celebrate the fact that you’re healthy, you will be successful and your results will show. Never lose sight of your goals and you will soon discover that the journey itself is fulfilling, too.
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