How to Stay Motivated to Reach Fitness Goals at the End of the Year
It's October, and that means there isn't too much time left to hit those 2016 New Year's Resolution goals. If you fall into any of the following categories, this article is for you:
Below are six quick tips for beginning or maintaining a fitness routine as the year winds down.
Rewrite Your Fitness Goals
When it's October and you're struggling with your fitness objectives, it helps to sit down, refocus, and rewrite your goals. Think about your "why." Why did you want to make a resolution in the first place? What made you excited to get started back in January? Write it down, and display it prominently. You can recapture the excitement and focus you had at the beginning of the year if you spend some time considering your goals and why you want to reach them.
Talk to Yourself Positively
Skip the negative self-talk. Don't dwell on the time you may have lost working toward your fitness goal. Don't berate yourself for not having done more. Remember that fitness is a long-term, constant task, and any time you spend on it, even if you have had setbacks, serves to make you healthier and stronger. Focus on positive self-talk; what is one small thing you can do today, one not-so-great choice that you could replace with a healthier one? Start there, and talk yourself up about accomplishing it. Positive reinforcement works better than negative, even for self-training.
Find a Motivation Buddy
Someone you know is very likely to be struggling with end-of-year motivation, too. Find that person and commit to using the buddy system. Send each other positive, encouraging texts or Facebook messages at the beginning of the day. Brag to your buddy when you accomplish a fitness task for the day. Everything in life is easier with support from like-minded people. These people may be different for varying aspects of your life. Find one who can encourage you and motivate you in your fitness goals, and do the same for them.
Keep Track of Your Success
Write down or otherwise keep track of your successes. It doesn't matter if it's big, like "Ran 5 miles today," or small, like "Ate a banana instead of a cookie at the office today." Write it down so you can see how many positive decisions you actually make for yourself every day. Seeing them written down will encourage you to make more great choices, even if it's just so you can write them down.
Develop a Morning Routine
If you don't already have a morning routine that includes fitness, strongly consider developing one. Getting up, getting going, and getting your workout done in the morning can have dramatic effects on your overall health and whether or not you reach your fitness goals. If you need help developing a routine or want to know more about why it's important, take a look at our article "
Use a Pedometer
A pedometer is an incredibly motivating little device. When you can see your steps adding up, it really encourages you to keep walking. Just
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Following these six tips can get you refocused, re-energized, and back on track for finishing strong with your 2016 fitness goals.
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