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vogue_junkie: Motivational Ideas!

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2006, 10:02 pm

Stay on Track and Reach Your Goals!

-by Bob Myhal, author of The Ultimate Muscle Mass Bodybuilding Program
-editted by me to fit the rules of the community.

Need some motivation to exercise? Having trouble sticking with your fitness program?

It never fails: About a month into a health and fitness program, most people begin to lose motivation to exercise, become less focused, and ultimately revert to old habits. In many cases this means they stop exercising and begin to fall back into the trap of eating an unhealthy diet. Needless to say, this lull in motivation has to be overcome if you’re to achieve your long-term fitness goals.

The Good News: The longer you are able to stick with your exercise program, the more likely you are to make the type of permanent lifestyle changes that lead to lasting success!

So if you’re stuck in a bit of a rut, if you feel your motivation slipping, here are a few quick ways to refocus your efforts and get back on track. Stay motivated by writing down the days you want to exercise.

1. Get Out Your Calendar! We make all kinds of appointments in our daily lives and we keep them! Make an appointment with yourself for your own health and fitness—and stick to it!

Write down which days you are going to exercise and block out the target time to do it. It is extremely important that you take the time to actually writing this down, especially if you’re prone to procrastination.

2. Make Time. The #1 excuse people give for not sticking to their programs is that they simply can’t find the time. Well, let me make this as clear as I can: don’t bother looking for the time to train and plan your nutrition and supplement programs—it’s not there.

You need to make time for these priorities in your life. Enough said.

3. Monitor Your Progress. Set concrete goals and find an objective way to monitor your progress. Make a goal for how many hours you exercise each week, how many miles you run in a week, how many hours you bike in a week... the possibilities are endless. Write down your progress in a notebook or calendar.