Ways to Focus on Getting Fit

Here are other ways that you can motivate yourself to lose weight and exercise regularly:

Here are other ways that you can motivate yourself to lose weight and exercise regularly:

Make specific goals
Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight.” But “I want to lose 20 pounds in a year.” Your goal needs to have specific timeframes and be something where you can measure your progress.

Be realistic
Never expect to lose 20 pounds in two weeks or even three. Set goals that are realistic with the effort and commitment that you can give to them. Also, make sure you have the resources available to achieve your goals. Don’t choose swimming as your form of exercise if you don’t have access to a pool, or running outdoors when it’s going to be freezing outside for the next few months.

Set reminders
Post sticky notes where you will see them, reminding yourself of the benefits of exercise and sticking to your goals.

Schedule your workout
Put time for exercising on your calendar, just as you would a doctor’s appointment or work. You can use your phone to set an alarm when it’s time to get moving.

Put it in writing
Keep a journal with your goals for the week along with your results. After working out, write down what you did and for how long. When you look at the numbers and see progress, it will encourage you to keep going.

Consider the obstacles
Think about what might get in the way of your going for a brisk walk or biking at least three times a week.

Get a partner
If you have the tendency to bail from exercise at the last minute, finding a partner who can keep you accountable might be a good strategy.

Talk to a trainer
It’s important that your exercise routine be made of activities you like. The more you like them, the more motivated you’ll be to do them. However, you may need a personal trainer to teach you how to properly do the exercises you’ve chosen and set up a routine that you can live with easily.

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