When it comes to fitness goals, procrastination can be our worst enemy. It’s easy to convince ourselves that we’ll start working out tomorrow, next week, or even next month. But before we know it, months have gone by, and we’re no closer to our fitness goals. The truth is fitness goals are not going to achieve. It takes hard work, dedication, and motivation to see results. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that procrastination will only hold us back. Here are a few tips on starting your fitness journey and avoiding procrastination.
1. Set a specific goal.
It’s much harder to procrastinate when we have a specific goal. So instead of telling yourself you’ll “start working out,” set a goal of working out three times weekly for 30 minutes each time. This way, you know exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it.
2. Ensure your goals are realistic.
If you’re someone who has never worked out before, don’t expect to be able to run a marathon tomorrow. Start small and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
3. Make a plan.
Once you have your goals, it’s time to make a plan of how you’re going to achieve it. This could involve signing up for a gym membership, investing in some home workout equipment, or simply making a list of exercises you’ll do each time you work out.
4. Set a deadline.
Another tip is to set a deadline for ourselves and make sure that we stick to it. Whether signing up for a race or committing to working out three times a week, having a goal to work towards can help motivate us.
5. Make it convenient.
If you can’t find time to go to the gym, try working out at home or even taking a brisk walk during your lunch break.
6. Set a regular time for exercise.
If you don’t set aside time for exercise, it’s easy to let other things get in the way. Choose a time that works for you and stick to it.
7. Find a workout partner or group.
Having someone to work out with can make it more enjoyable and help you stay on track. It is crucial to find a group or partner with similar goals to you so that you can help each other stay motivated.
8. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
If you miss a workout, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back on track and keep going.
9. Find an activity that you enjoy.
If you don’t enjoy the exercise, you will likely procrastinate. So find an activity that you look forward to doing. Whether taking a brisk walk in your neighborhood, swimming at the local pool, or taking a yoga class, find something you’ll enjoy so that you’re more likely to stick with it.
10. Reward yourself.
Pat yourself on the back when you reach your fitness goals. And don’t forget to enjoy the results of your hard work!
Starting a fitness journey can be daunting, but it’s important to remember that every journey starts with a first step. If you’re struggling to begin, try setting some small, achievable goals. Once you start seeing results, staying motivated and keeping going will be easier. Remember, there’s no need to go overboard at the beginning. Ease into things and focus on making small, sustainable changes. If you stick with it, you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier you.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.