Motivation to Achieve Your Workout Goals
Whether you’re an avid outdoor runner, a gym rat, or a yoga enthusiast, engaging in almost any kind of physical activity on a regular basis has a multitude of benefits. These benefits range from reducing your risk of heart disease to improving your mood and mental health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists many more advantages and explains how exercise works to produce these overall health improvements.
Knowing these benefits isn’t always enough motivation to get moving, so here are some tips to kick your workout routine into gear.
Write Down Your Goals
Writing your exercise goals on paper and keeping that physical reminder (or reminders!) somewhere you will see every day will help you remember that you wrote those goals for a reason. This may help you get back into the mindset you were in when you created your workout goals and give you encouragement to achieve them. Writing a checklist with boxes to mark as you complete your goals can also be inspiring and rewarding when you see all those check marks.
Get a Workout Buddy
A companion, whether a co-worker, friend, or family member, with similar exercise goals to yours can keep you on track to reach them. They can vocally motivate you and keep you company, making physical activities more enjoyable, and you will both be less likely to skip a workout since you have the other person to hold you accountable.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the power of the playlist for increasing the drive to workout and the intensity at which people exercise. Getting your mind off of the physical exertion and energizing yourself with upbeat music can allow you to work out longer and harder.
Doing the same mundane workout routine every day can get boring and doesn’t challenge your body after a while. Add interval training to your workout by alternating between high-intensity cardio and less-intense cardio, such as adding intermittent sprinting to your jogging routine. Interval training increases your endurance, burns more fat, and boosts your metabolism, which improves overall fitness.
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