The self-esteem movement is at an all-time high. From self-help gurus to giving every child a trophy (at least in most youth sports today), the current culture is all about cultivating self-confidence.
So you’d think that motivation wouldn’t really be an issue, right? How hard is it to get off the couch and exercise, for example? Actually, much harder than many people realize. Despite the constant focus on self-esteem and inner well-being, there’s a disconnect between intended consequences and real-life results.
And that has a major impact – mostly negative – on how most people start off the new year. Expectations are almost always too high…but why?
Just Do It (in 2016)
Nike popularized the saying a few decades ago, but those three little words are still relevant when discussing fitness and health goals for 2016: just do it. Action trumps inaction every time. By the time you’ve spent time thinking about everything – what exercises you’ll do, when is the best time to workout, what clothes you should buy, how the weather impacts outdoor exercises – you’re already set up for failure because you could have already been on-the-move and working towards your fitness goals.
Proper motivation isn’t entirely about mental makeup. It’s a huge part, but certainly not everything. Here are some different ways to get motivated – and stay motivated – for your New Year’s fitness plans.
Gear up like you’re serious about exercising. You’d be surprised at how often the wrong attire contributes to no workout. Much like your professional career, you dress for the job you want. In the fitness world, you dress for the results you desire. Do you want to lose 10, 20 pounds for 2016? Get the apparel you’re most comfortable in and wear what works for you now.
Remember to reward yourself. Go ahead and indulge once you’ve reached a milestone. Enjoy the little things along the way. Too much deprivation is simply too much for your inner mojo to overcome.
Set obtainable goals. Not everyone’s fitness journey is like “The Biggest Loser.” Set a realistic weight loss number. Go after a feasible reduction in time for your 2-mile run. Whatever you’re after, break it up into small steps to keep the motivation rolling.
Realize that 2016 isn’t just January. Most New Year’s fitness resolutions are through by February. To tackle twelve months, separate each month and use it as an individual stepping stone. Once you start trying to cram a year’s worth of exercises into one month, the motivation factor becomes a non-factor.
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Stay motivated for a healthier you in 2016 – with support from Urgent Care Extra and the Powell Metabolic Program, you can make it happen. The average patient loses over 10 pounds, and they keep the weight off, too! Call or stop in today!