Let’s be honest – sometimes it is hard to motivate yourself to exercise. If you are like me you might even love to exercise, you just hate getting yourself started doing it. There are other things to do, you might feel like being lazy, you don’t have enough time, etc. I have a long list of excuses that will creep up out of nowhere to stop me from getting a workout in. This past weekend those excuses and poor time management got the best of me and I didn’t exercise at all. Not one tiny bit.
Since I really do want to exercise, today I’ve been thinking about ways to motivate myself to do so. One of the best thoughts was setting a goal, like finishing (finally) the couch to 5k program. Personally that would be a good goal for me since I’ve started it twice and still never gone all the way through. Reaching the end of that program and being able to run 5k is very motivating for me and makes me want to put on my running shoes and head out right now.
Setting a goal can take many forms. You can set a goal for weight or body measurements if you would like. You can also set the more attainable goals of number of days to work out or a number of miles to walk this week. A lot of people like to set goals like walking 100 miles in a month. It takes dedication and plenty of exercise to reach that goal but at the end of the month you get the accomplishment of walking or biking hundreds of miles!
Be sure you set a realistic goal. If you set a goal of losing 100 pounds you will find the task huge and overwhelming. If you set a goal to lose, say 10% of your body weight, you can easily make that happen and find the satisfaction of reaching the goal. It is very rewarding to reach a goal you set and that success will further motivate you to exercise and reach your goals.
I think most of us set the weight/size goals. We all have those in mind, but I enjoy setting fitness goals more. So this week I’m motivating myself to exercise by setting some exercise goals to get me back in the groove. What are my goals? Well, I am considering restarting the C25K program (maybe week 2?) but that is not my goal for the week. My goal this week is to walk 15 miles. Considering I walked zero miles last week I think that is a mighty fine goal. I’ll let you know how it goes, and you let me know: do you use setting and reaching goals for motivation? Have any goals for this week? This month? Life?
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