Hello friends, and welcome! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! New Year’s week is upon us, and we all know what that means….time to pull out all the stops and prepare to work on some manageable and attainable resolutions! Most of us have probably already come up with a whole list of things we would like to change about ourselves; ways that we can better our station in life and look forward to a positive new year of growth and self actualization.
Maintaining these goals can be the trickiest part though, even with the best of intentions in mind. So with that, I thought this week’s topic on motivation in the New Year would be a perfect choice. I too have struggles with sticking to my resolve every now and again, so, as with many of my other posts, I will be learning a little bit right along with you! Reaching out and sharing with you all, and learning is one of my favorite parts about writing this blog each week.
Here are 5 stellar ways to keep motivated…
- Keep a log of your workouts (and/or) write down how you feel.
I personally love to do this. It holds me accountable and reminds me of what I have done for the week, what needs to be worked on and what days I can take a break. It also just makes me feel great in general, being able to look back on the progress I have made!
- Encompass yourself with motivation.
I am a firm believer in lists of all kinds. I write lists not just for groceries, but for things I need to get done each day and for goals I am trying to reach. All over my house you can find motivational sticky notes reminding me to do this or that. Some examples are:
>Positive quotes or affirmations.
>Suggestions reminding me to eat better, drink more water, etc.
>Attend more group fitness classes, stay motivated and so on.
>I put up a photo of myself when I looked my best….or a photo of another strong and smart minded woman who inspires me to keep moving and strive for my best! These are ALL good examples, and with them all over, I never have a chance to forget!
- Make the thing you like to do for exercise your favorite thing.
Whether it be Yoga, Climbing, Running or Racquetball…make the thing you love to do (or something you think you might love to do), and your workout one in the same. You will notice that soon enough you will be thinking about doing that ONE thing all day, counting down the minutes until you get off work. You won’t even think of it as exercise, because you will enjoy doing it so much. You may even start doing other types of exercise just to become better at that ONE thing.
- Use it as an excuse to make new friends or hang out with the ones you already have.
Try to think of exercising not only something that is good for your health, but also something that you can turn into a social call. As adults, most of us don’t get enough time to see our friends and family. I think it would be a fair guesstimate to say that almost anyone could benefit from physical activity, so why not use this time to spend with people you like! In addition, you can help motivate each other and cheer each other on!
- Think of all the amazing pictures you can take!
This is another of my personal favs, as I love to take photos in general. Ever since I was little, I have always had a camera in my hand in one way or another. I love to take walks, hikes, play disc golf or go exploring around the city for some great exercise! This gives me plenty of opportunity to capture some cool photos, and also gives me the chance to learn about parts of my city I didn’t know of before. Not only am I benefiting from the physical activity, but I am also doing something I really enjoy!
I hope this gives you some great ideas to begin your new year on a happy and confident note! I am looking forward to starting fresh and continuing to expand my personal improvement!
Come back and check out my next blog soon! As always, don’t forget to stay positive and LOVE YOUR LIFE!!
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