Friday, April 24, 2009

GET MOTIVATED TODAY!

GET MOTIVATED TODAY!

Starting an exercise routine can seem overwhelming to some people, they don’t know how or when to start or they just don’t understand how important it is to exercise daily.

I hear all kinds of excuses why people don’t exercise. I often hear, "I wish I was motivated to exercise…" Well, it all comes down to caring enough about you to take charge of your health and wellness now!

As with everything in life you have to prioritize what’s most important to you. If losing weight is one of your desires then you have to make time for exercise each day. Set attainable goals that you can achieve. Make fitness a priority! Your body craves fitness just as much as it craves sleep and proper nutrition.

By making simple lifestyle changes you'll have more energy, you’ll feel happier and healthier as well as you'll feel empowered and have more self-confidence. Here are some motivating tips to assist you in getting moving today!

CAROL'S TOP-10 WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED

1. MAKE YOUR WORKOUTS A HIGH PRIORITY
Schedule your workouts on your calendar as you would a business meeting. If you can workout first thing in the morning that’s perfect! You’ll have it done for the day and have a feeling of self fulfillment, it’s a great feeling. You’ll also have extra energy to get you through the day.

2. SET ATTAINABLE GOALS
Write down 5 short term goals in the present tense followed by a completion date. Create a detailed plan for success. Be specific such as, "I workout 30 minutes each day." or "I eat a small balanced meal every 3 hours." Then see yourself as though you have already accomplished your goals. Feel what it feels like to be at your perfect body weight, imagine your world as you want it to be.

3. CHOOSE A LOCATION TO WORKOUT
Choose a gym close to home or create your own gym. All you need are dumbbells, a bench and a mirror and you’ll have your very own gym right at home! Create your gym by making it fun; have a fitness poster to motivate you, have a TV & a DVD player to follow along with your favorite workouts, or have a radio to play music loudly to add liveliness to your workouts.

4. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Love everything about you. Loving yourself unconditionally will open your heart to believing in you! I always say "Believe in your dreams because dreams really do come true!" If it’s your dream to be fit and thin then BELIEVE YOU ARE NOW. Our minds are very powerful. By loving and believing in you all things are possible.

5. STAY POSITIVE & HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Be grateful for your body as it is now. Give thanks as though you have already accomplished your fitness and wellness goals. See yourself as the perfect health, size, shape and weight as you aspire to be. The more you are grateful for the more you'll have to be grateful for!

6. KEEP A FITNESS JOURNAL
Journal keeping is imperative for fitness and weight loss success. Having a journal for diet and exercise is a great way to track your growth and improvements. Using a diet journal holds you accountable for everything you eat & drink, it will help you immensely. Be honest and write down everything you eat. You'll begin to think twice about what you put in your mouth.

7. CREATE A SUPPORT GROUP
Having a buddy system is a huge benefit to assist you in your weight loss efforts. Tell all of your family and friends your goals and then you will feel less likely to want to overeat at a family gathering or social events with your friends. Exercise with a friend, it’s so much more fun to workout with friends. Surround yourself with people that believe in you and that will support you in your fitness goals and dreams.

8. HIRE A FITNESS COACH/TRAINER
Hire a fitness guru to help you learn how to properly plan your meals and exercise routines. Be selective; follow your heart in choosing the right coach or trainer for you. There are all sorts of trainers and coaches from yoga to bodybuilding to choose from. Finding the right one for you will give you more self-confidence in the gym and more will-power at home. Being accountable to someone who you look up to will skyrocket you to success.

9. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Sleep is an imperative to achieving a lean, fit body. Your body repairs worked muscle tissues during sleep. Try to get to bed by 10:30 pm each evening so your body can recover properly. You’ll not only have more energy the next day but you’ll feel stronger too!

10. FOLLOW THROUGH
Start your fitness plan today. Follow through with your goals, journal writing and exercise routine daily. Set your goals, write down a timeline when you will reach your goals, then reward yourself when you do. Get a pedicure, see a movie you've always wanted to see, or read a good book.

If you commit to regular exercise you'll soon discover that it will become a way of life. Staying motivated is a mindset. Believe in yourself and enjoy the new you!
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