The first day of a new fitness routine is (usually) easy – you’re excited about the healthy new body and lifestyle you’re going to have and maybe even planning out the new clothes you’re going to get – but then the second day arrives…
If you worked out hard the first day, you’re probably waking up with sore muscles.
Then, you hop on the scale to see how much weight you lost from your amazing first day of a new diet and you find out you gained three pounds.
There goes the motivation, but this is the wrong time to give up if you really want to be fit and healthy, so you need to find some ways to stay motivated through the second day and through any future days that are rough.
4 Tips to Maintain Motivation for a New Fitness Regimen
Have a backup plan (a simple one) that you can easily push through when you aren’t feeling motivated – or when you’re sore.
- For exercise, this can be as simple as taking a short walk or choosing a few of your favorite songs to listen to while you dance around the house – not every workout has to be intense.
Plan for healthy eating and snacking ahead of time.
- For your diet plan, have on hand (or get) some healthy foods you can eat without a lot of preparation time, so you aren’t so tempted to grab a bag of chips or cookies when you’re hungry or tired – but if you do nosh on a bit too much ice cream – so what – it’s just one snack – so go ahead and enjoy it, then get back on track afterwards.
Feed your spirit while you are changing your physical state.
- Add some positivity exercises, such as affirmations, meditation, or meditative yoga to your plan to make a holistic fitness plan – increasing your positivity is only going to help you in the long run.
Have realistic expectations because change can be rapid but it doesn’t happen overnight.
- This is where you need to give yourself a break — if you have fitness problems, they didn’t develop overnight and it’s going to take some time to put them behind you – plus most weight problems have some emotional baggage behind them that you need to address for successful weight loss and to have a healthier lifestyle.
Stay Motivated! You Can Do It!
Life changes can be hard, especially when you’re talking about something like weight or a fitness issue because they often are so intrinsically linked to emotional pain, so it’s really important to build success into your new fitness regimen if you want to succeed,
Stay motivated through the second day of your new fitness plan, and through every day, and you will find it much easier to reach your fitness goals.