Do you find that you have big fitness goals every year and each year you never quite seem to reach your objectives? One of the biggest reasons why we tend to fail to stay committed to our health and fitness goals is a lack of long-term motivation. At some point, along the way, we’re bound to derail our progress either intentionally or unintentionally. Knowing this, it’s important that we find ways to re-find our motivation to get back on track.
Here are five ways to stay motivated and stick to your 2019 fitness goals:
- Write down your goals on a regular basis – Keeping track of what you want to achieve can help you achieve it. Writing down your goals goes beyond simply thinking or talking about them. Writing them down helps to cement your goals into your conscious mind.
- Plan something for every day – Whether it’s strength training, yoga, meditation, going for a walk, swimming, dancing, playing sports with the kids, or any other mental or physical activity, have a plan of action – big or small – for every day. This can help you stay on track with your goals and will help you to stay motivated by having a continual sense of completion.
- Reward yourself – Each time you reach a goal – whether it’s a short-term goal or a milestone – celebrate your success! Be proud of your hard work and reward yourself for it. Get creative with your rewards, too, so you’re more likely to want to reach the finish line. For instance, a reward could be a weekend getaway, buying new clothes, treating yourself to a mani-pedi, a massage, etc.
- Set a deadline – Those who succeed most at achieving their goals are those who give their goals deadlines. Deadlines give you a time frame to focus on, pushing your desire to follow through with your plan of action, which can help you to avoid failure. It’s important to be strict about your deadline but not so strict that you make it next to impossible to achieve. Test your limits but work without the confines of your lifestyle.
- Acknowledge hurdles and jump over them – While you certainly shouldn’t plan for failure, it never hurts to have a backup plan in place should the time come when you run into a hurdle. Work commitments, family commitments, emotional stress, laziness, etc., any one of these things can suddenly derail your health and fitness efforts. When this happens, acknowledge these hurdles and come up with a solution to overcome them.