Participation in a fitness program is one of the best ways to a countermeasure a sedentary lifestyle. Lack of physical activity is highly prevalent and creates increased risk of health issues. Oftentimes individuals experience failed attempts at sticking with a gym because too much emphasis is placed on the end goal with little attention placed on developing proper movement skills and exercise progression. Unfortunately, individuals who come up short or make over ambitious goals often have a decreased interest in any type of physical activity. The result is a sedentary lifestyle which can lead to health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases that evolve over a lifetime. To combat losing motivation and interest in physical activity, here are some helpful tips to stay motivated throughout the year and years to come.
- Set short term goals. Short term goals should last anywhere from 1 week to 3 months and are a great way to measure progress. Slicing up your long term goal into smaller, more achievable goals will keep you on track. Your success can motivate others through your continued progress because success begets success.
- Celebrate your small wins. After losing two pounds in two weeks a victory lap is appropriate. Brag to your co workers, celebrate with family, and cherish your goals because you deserve it.
- Work with someone. Find someone to hold you accountable and progress you smartly. Had shoulder surgery in the past? Have an autoimmune disease? If so, be sure you’re working with someone who has a higher level of education. An exercise physiologist who has concentrations in health and human performance will be able to progress you with a decreased risk of re-injuring that shoulder. Working one-on-one with someone holds you accountable for sticking to your exercise routine. Having an exercise physiologist is a fundamental and successful approach to long term development.
A body in motion stays in motion. Use these simple tips to keep yourself in the game for longer. Works towards achieving something, and find yourself someone who will get you there.
By Brandon Ayala, CSCS