Exercise Program and Motivation - Why They Go Hand in Hand
Have you ever noticed how a lot of people actually make dieting and exercising as their primary New Year's resolution? And yet from among the millions who promise to do better each year, only a handful actually delve into an exercise program that they religiously follow. There are many reasons presented yet at the very bottom of each of these reasons is the single, simple truth - lack of resolve.
So, if lack of resolve is the common denominator, then you must learn to combat it with its arch enemy - motivation. Being motivated is a major part of any exercise program and you must not begin without one.
First, you have to specify your goal - would you want to lose weight or would you simply want to maintain your current figure? And always remember to begin with the end in mind. What's your goal weight? Be sure to write it down.
It is also important to take one small bite at a time, so to speak. Avoid making unrealistic goals such as losing 200 pounds in just one week. In your plan, be sure to prepare for intermediate goals. These goals should be able to motivate you to get up out of the couch and to throw away the bag of chips.
One good goal for an exercise program is for you to finally wear that size 4 dress that you've long been hanging in your closet. Try to add little details as much as you can such as your boyfriend spending more time with you since you'll look more gorgeous with your new body size!
Once you're done writing your goal, it's time to go to your doctor and ask for his advice. His professional opinion matters. He'll also be able to give you great advice on how to withstand the physical stress brought about by exercising - and you'll need that. He could also be one of the greatest motivators that you could speak with. Learn and find ways on how he could help you establish an exercise regimen that would actually work for you.
Yet another part of staying motivated is to get a buddy who knows your goals and who could join you as you exercise regularly. Your buddy should constantly remind you about your goals and if this isn't enough, go ahead and tell everyone you know that you're trying to establish a routine.
Pick an exercise program that you and your buddy would enjoy, one that would fit your current lifestyle and even your personality. Don't force yourself into doing difficult programs all because many other exercise enthusiasts are into it. And remember to make a habit out of your program and it should naturally become a part of your healthy, everyday life!