Staying motivated along your fitness journey can be tough after the initial excitement of joining the Y and getting started begins to fade. We completely understand what you may be going through at the moment. Perhaps you started out with a plan to come to the Y five days a week, then it dropped to three, and now you're struggling to find the urge to make it to that group exercise class once a week. Don't give up! Here are a few ways to stay encouraged as you work to meet your fitness goal.
1. Make it Fun Not everyone enjoys riding a stationary bike or an elliptical machine. Find an activity or a sport you enjoy and make it part of your routine. At the Y, for instance, you can play basketball, volleyball, wallyball, racquetball, and tennis, just to name a few. Also, with over 500 group exercise classes taught weekly at the Y, there is a class that will suit your ability and interest.
2. Set Smaller Goals Maybe your goal is to lose a certain amount of pounds or to one day run a half-marathon. While those are fantastic aims, they won't happen overnight. It can be easy to get discouraged if the numbers on the scale aren't going down or the distances aren't going up as fast as you'd like. While you're working on those larger goals, setting smaller ones along the way will help you stay driven. For instance, instead of focusing on losing pounds, focus on being active for at least 10-15 minutes every day.
3. Keep Your Music List Up To Date. While there may nothing worse than working out in silence, a close second might be working out to same songs over and over ... and over ... again. Create a list of high-energy songs that can help you get your blood pumping and remember to change out some of the tunes and/or shuffle the order regularly. Lastly, make sure you don't accidentally slip a dud in the list. You don't want to hear a song you weren't expecting and ruin your momentum. (Note: the author of this post actually had the J. Geils Band's "Serves You Right To Suffer" pop up unexpectedly during a workout. True story.)
4. Keep Your Workout Clothes And Gear In View. We all have competing interests in life - families, work, church, etc. - so it can be easy to forget to work in a few minutes of activity during the day. Placing your favorite fitness outfit on your dresser at night or a pair of dumbells on the bathroom vanity provides visual clues kickstarting your brain and helping you remember to make your health and wellness a priority.
5. Workout with a friend Having a fitness buddy is one of the best ways to stay encouraged along your path to better health. Working out with a friend helps you stay accountable and motivated, and you benefit by participating in two-person exercises and friendly competition. You can also save 20% off your membership dues a the YMCA of Greater Birmingham as well. Click here to learn how.
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