How to Stay Accountable and Focused for a Long Fitness Journey:
Tips to Keep you Motivated
If you have ever started a long fitness campaign to achieve your set physical fitness goals which could be that perfect physique you admire so much, to lose some body fats or just to generally stay fit and strong and then somewhere along the course of the program, you call it QUIT. If you fit into this description, then you are not alone my friend.
Victory belongs to those who persevere, and perseverance allowed Jason Wittrock to rise from the ashes of personal tragedy and become an elite athlete and inspirational force in the lives of many. Majority sign up for a long fitness campaign but call it quit as soon as they start feeling bored of the repetitive routine, they don’t find it enjoyable anymore or the results they expect are not forthcoming as they anticipated. If this is the case, here are some tips to help keep you motivated.
Define your Goals:
It is best to commence with simple goals and then gradually advance to longer range goals. Bear in mind that your goals have to be realistic and achievable. When your goals becomes over-ambitious, that’s when it becomes easy to quit because such ambitious goals takes great deal of time and effort to build and you as a beginner may not be that patient.
For many young adults considered healthy, the recommendations of the Department of Health and Human Services is about 2 hours and a half of mild to moderate aerobic exercise or an hour of intense aerobic exercise. If your set goals are to meet up with demand of this recommendation and maintain it, you will start seeing results before you realize it.
Add Fun to it:
Discover the sporting and physical activities you enjoy and apply them to your fitness routines. Also add variety to your routine to help keep you on track always. If you work out routine is not fun to you anymore, feel free to try another thing, the main issue here is not really what you are doing but the level of intensity you put in. Sign up for a volleyball or softball league. Take a ballroom dancing class or training sessions. Check out a health club or martial arts center. Discover your hidden athletic talent.Remember, exercise doesn't have to be boring, and again, you're very much likely to stick with a fitness campaign if you're deriving fun doing it.
Surround Yourself with Like Minded People:
The only way to reach your potential is to be in an environment where everyone has the same goal: to get better. You cannot contribute the level of effort needed to achieve greatness when 30 people behind you are riding exercise bikes and watching TV, Who you surround yourself with is going to make a big difference on your Focus, and I get that not everyone is blessed with the support of their loved ones at home…so if that is the case, it is even more important to go out and find yourself a support system! I run an online Accountability group for people doing the fitness programs and following the eating plan, and the reason I run these groups as long-term groups as opposed to only keeping them in the length of their 21 day program for example is because I know the importance of community, motivation and accountability. Things will happen in life that will throw you off your game, but when you are surrounded by positive like-minded people it makes it much easier to dust yourself off and get back up!
Finally, there’s no need being hard on yourself. There’s typically no easy way to success and achieving set goals. Those with different views to this are really making a mistake they’ll realize sooner than later. Working hard, coupled with determination is pre-requisite to making any dream come true and it also applies to fitness goals. Anybody with any form of body build or physique you admire started on a small scale and the most important thing is, they never gave up amidst all the challenges and disappointments and setbacks. Imbibe the attitude and mindset of positivity in all your efforts and you will be less likely to call it quit when the going gets tough.