Reward yourself for getting this far
If you have stuck to your workout schedule for 2 moths, treat yourself to something special. However, be careful of your reward. Make it something that’s not food related, like a massage or a new workout outfit. Build in regular incentives to keep yourself motivated, such as rewarding yourself upon completing a Flexible or Happy Hour Punch Card, even if it’s as simple as buying yourself some flowers to place on your desk.
Get everyone on board
Make sure that your friends and family are aware of your goals and workout schedule. It’s more difficult to back out if you’re told others about your plan. They’ll also be more supportive and encouraging. And you’re less likely to get any interruptions or tempting foods.
Don’t do it alone
Get the support you need, whether it’s finding someone to watch the kids while you exercise (on-site childcare is available through Discovery Bay) or finding a workout partner. Group Fitness classes are deigned to offer motivation and camaraderie, and you’re less likely to skip out if you become a regular in the class with other participants and the instructor will notice your absence.
Create a realistic plan
Give yourself time to achieve your goal. Break it down into accomplishing smaller victories throughout the year leading to your final goal. Life often gets in the way of the best laid plans. So anticipate this and think of ways you can stick to your goal. For instance, if you’re unable to get to the club or are called out of town unexpectedly, do you have a home or travel exercise routine to fall back on?
Adjust to your plan
As you progress, realize that your goals may change. A goal you may have set at some point might seem to easy or too difficult a couple months later. Adapt you goal accordingly and keep moving forward.
Hold yourself accountable
It helps to write down your goals, log your exercise routine, and meal track. Continuing to journal on a regular basis will help you uncover your “Achilles heel” as well as recognize and celebrate the positive steps.
Anticipate motivational dips
No one is perfect. Even elite athletes struggle with motivation from time to time. Preparing for these feelings ahead of time can help you combat them and stay on track. If you’re lagging in your own exercise or having a hard time doing it alone, hire a personal trainer or join on of our many group classes. The group’s liveliness and camaraderie is sure to get you re-energized.
Buy figure-flattering workout wear
Just like a well-tailored suit, well-designed, flattering and supporting workout clothes can make you feel successful and self-confident. And when you look good and feel good, it’s amazing how motivated you are to exercise.
Leave your gym bag by the door
It serves as a gentle reminder to head out for a workout, and its also time efficient as you’ll be ready to go. And when you get back from your workout, put your dirty clothes right in the washer. Nothing puts you off exercising more than having to rummage around for workout gear.
Get professional help
Whether you’d like to lose weight, build muscle, run a race, eat healthier, increase your flexibility, or live a longer, healthier life, our experts are here to help you. Recognize where you may need assistance and then enlist the aid of a personal trainer, dietitian, group fitness instructor, physical therapist, massage therapist, or any of the many experts we have at the club. We’re here to help you achieve your goals.
Originally from PRO Pulse March-April 2010