Every month it comes… the day your favorite fitness magazine comes out, and you get a fresh burst of motivation and some great new ideas on exercises to improve your fitness level and maybe even some great recipes for nutritious food that won’t pack on the pounds.
Then you finish reading through the magazine and set it aside after maybe trying a couple of the exercises and thinking about the suggestions in the magazine, and the motivation you got from it is gone as soon as you put it down.
It doesn’t have to be like that, though – you can use some things you learned in elementary school or (if you’re a techy type) a computer program – like a slideshow – to make sure the tips from that magazine help you keep your motivation level up.
Tips for Gaining Motivation From a Fitness Magazine
Make a Fitness Motivation Poster
If you don’t mind cutting up your favorite magazine, hang up a poster board (you can get everything you need for this at the dollar store.)
Cut out pictures of the models doing exercises you want to try.
Glue or tape those pictures near the edges of the poster board.
Then, cut out tips you want to try and attach them in the center of the poster board.
If you don’t want to keep the entire magazine after cutting out your favorite motivational parts, make sure to cut out any articles that inspire you and recipes you want to try before recycling the remaining part of the magazine.
Make your motivational poster as eye-catching as possible by adding some glitter glue around the photos, or use poster paint or even a permanent marker in your favorite color.
Add new images and tips to the poster any time you want – and if you find some things don’t inspire you for very long – just attach new ones on top of them.
Make a Motivational Slideshow
Making a slideshow is a great option for people who prefer digital magazines or for people who don’t want to cut up a magazine.
You can use PowerPoint or any slideshow program you like using to do this.
Just like making a poster, choose images of exercises and things that inspire you from the magazine.
Copy and paste them into your slideshow, then set it to run like wallpaper on your computer or device.
These two methods put the things that inspire you to be more fit and healthy in front of you on a daily basis, so your favorite fitn
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.
I woke up this morning, and I didn’t want to do anything but sleep some more, and I’m betting I’m not the only one who woke up today with no motivation and a major desire to procrastinate for a while.
So, instead of sleeping in, I got up and decided to see how my urge to just give in and let the day win could be used to help someone else who might be feeling the same thing – so here’s what I’ve found.
somethingthat motivates; such as inducement orincentive
In simpler terms, for the purpose of this short discussion, motivation is what causes you to act and make your life better.
By contrast, lack of motivation is what causes you to procrastinate – it stops you from getting things done and making changes in your life.
Motivation Versus Procrastination
Motivation is practically the opposite of procrastination, and here’s why… without motivation, without something propelling you forward – whether something internal (like intense desire) or an outside force (like the need to work so you can buy food) – you have inaction… you have procrastination.
For people who struggle with motivation, procrastination and a feeling of failure can be a lifelong problem, but I’m here to tell you that you can beat it.
It’s a choice, and it’s your choice to make every day.
Did yesterday go how you wanted it to? No? That’s okay, today is a new day, so choose one small thing to do first, then just – do it.
You’ll feel better, as long as what you have to do isn’t horrible, and even if it’s horrible, it will be done and out of the way so you can move ahead to whatever is next for you.
Why Do People Procrastinate?
A lot of things can make people procrastinate, such as:
Past failure or a negative experience
Getting overwhelmed or going through too much change at once
Feeling a disconnection between goals and end results
How to Stop Procrastinating
To stop procrastinating, you need to do exactly what I did when I started writing this article…. you need to act and just start doing the thing you’re putting off.
You don’t have to look at it as a chore, and you don’t even have to decide to do the whole thing – in fact – there are times when it’s better to give yourself permission to just work on something for ten or fifteen minutes.
Break big, long-term goals into manageable parts.
For example, writing this or any article today felt impossible when I woke up, but I thought about what I wanted to write about, researched what felt important about the topic based on what I was feeling, and how motivation and procrastination are such opposite things, and I wrote about each thing and shared what I found and what I feel and believe about them, and I have written over 500 words about the topic, hopefully you’ll find something here you can use, but if you don’t – I leave the comments open – just ask away – I would love to help you find some motivation to do whatever you need to do.
Compared to total inaction – which is what you get if you procrastinate – small action is significant – and it is the first step toward winning the race.
So, what about you? What can you do today to kick-start your own motivation?