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6 tips to help you stick with your fitness goals.

You decided to change your routine and your life by working out. You feel motivated and hyped, it’s your first day and you end up with a crazy session. The same thing happens the entire week, days pass by and you feel better, one day your alarm wakes you up at 5 am like everyday, but this time you don’t feel like even getting out of the bed. You say to yourself-” fine it’s just a day maybe I need to take some rest, I am going to get back on track tomorrow “ – and that’s were the problem begins. One day becomes two, two days become three, and it goes on and on and on. But the question is how can I stop this from happening ? Well we will tell exactly what you should do to prevent this from happening.

1. Mix it up

Above we wrote that in the beginning everything is great you feel motivated and hyped but after a week and two it gets boring. Why does this happen ? Actually you might be surprised from the answer. The problem is that our brain is used to sticking into one routine everyday this makes it easier to complete the tasks but that has a downside because your brain makes it less exciting we you do the same thing repeatedly and this can lead to motivation loss.

2. Workout with a purpose

That’s why it is important to change your routine once a month just to get you more excited, but you don’t need to change exercises, only by changing the orders of the exercises. Just by doing this you will be at least more excited through the day about the workout.

Working out just to say you did is wonderful, but not much in the way of long-term motivation. If you don’t have a plan or a purpose for working out, it will become difficult to stick with an exercise program.

Losing weight is a goal many women have in mind when they begin a lifestyle change. However, it is wise to consider other benefits of an exercise program such as improved health, increased agility, coordination and overall fitness level. Those are all tangible reasons that will serve as motivation to continue a long-term exercise program.

3. Make sure to drink plenty of water.

When you work out more, you need more fluids to replace the minerals and nutrients lost via sweat. Yes, you should be breaking a sweat during your workouts. A great combo drink that will be sure to hydrate is half coconut water and half water. The coconut water—or other sports drink—contains electrolytes and the water hydrates your body.

Also, a good rule of thumb to know how much water you need daily is to take your current weight, divide in half and the number you are left with is the amount of ounces you need to consume per day to be hydrated.

4. Empower yourself.

Find a few inspirational quotes that resonate with you and schedule them as “pop-up reminders” in your calendar or cell phone, especially during times of the day you find most challenging. When you see the quote pop-up, take a moment during your day to close your eyes, take a breath, and repeat it several times. Believe it, and live it. Your mind and thoughts are powerful tools—use them to be productive.

5. Envision your goals

Have a mental vision of what you want to look like. Remember to be reasonable; we can’t all be fitness or swimsuit models. Find a picture of an athlete that has a build similar to yours and post it on your refrigerator or hang on your office wall. Put an inspirational saying under it and make it your daily mantra. On the harder days of your journey, remember how you want to look and keep pushing toward that goal.

6. Start small

When motivation is high, it’s easy to plan an unrealistic lifestyle change, like working out every day and cutting out all junk food. If you start small, it’s more maintainable, giving you a greater chance for success. For example, if you are new to working out, consider aiming to work out three days a week as you get started. When three days becomes routine, consider building on your goals. As your small changes become habits, your habits may become your lifestyle.

Source: Webmd; Imbusybeingawesome; webmd 2; muscle and fitness; active; newsroom.uhc, image credit pexel