Even with the best intentions, most of us struggle to make the time to focus on our health and wellbeing. There is always something else to do that steals our spare time from us. We fill our heads with excuses and reasons to postpone getting active and gradually the months and years pass us by.
When your workouts feel like a chore, and you keep starting fitness programs only to find yourself quitting soon after, don’t beat yourself up. You are not alone! However, understanding the effective methods of highly motivated exercisers can help you to start thinking like them:
- Set goals – start simple, then modify your objectives – but always stay realistic. It’s important to make small achievable goals to set yourself up for success.
- Make fitness a lifestyle – schedule workouts like any other important activity. Incorporate some physical activity throughout your day to get your body used to moving around more.
- Surround yourself with fit friends – Having workout buddies will help ensure exercising is fun, minimizing the risk of skipping workouts. Take the time to find a friend, colleague or family member who you can exercise, with. They will get you out on the days when you are looking for excuses and you will return the favor to them. Consider it part of your social life and a privilege to be able to get out and get moving.
- Think about the payoff – If you love eating, your daily fitness regime allows you to indulge in this – in moderation of course. When we exercise, the body creates endorphins which give you those happy feelings after exercise.
Unfortunately, it is often a serious health scare that ends up being what motivates someone to stick to the exercise and diet changes they need to make. Don’t let that be what motivates you!
If you live in the Las Vegas area and are looking for ways to treat obesity and the many other illnesses that go with it, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. He and his expert team can help you find the treatment you need.