You want to get fit but struggle to stay motivated. You aren’t alone. Over 160 million Americans are overweight or obese. Here are a few ways to get on the right track:
Set SMART Goals to Stay Motivated
Setting unrealistic goals is setting yourself up for failure. Vague objectives give you no place to end and no way to celebrate successes. Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based to stay motivated.
Find an Accountability Partner
Finding an accountability partner is a way to leverage peer pressure in your favor. One study found that committing to a specific goal with a specific person puts your chances of achieving that goal at 65%. Reach out to your support network or an online community to find someone you can depend on.
Get A Health Coach to Stay Motivated
An accountability partner functions well because you make a social committment to a goal. A health coach pairs that same accountability with loss aversion–“losses loom larger than gains”–and while the motivation to stay fit may wane, motivation to make your money work for you will stay strong.
Focus on The Feeling
How do you stay motivated once you have reached your weight or measurement goals? By taking pride and feeling joy in the process. People who eat well and exercise often report higher levels of energy and well-being. Pay attention to subtle improvements in your mood.
Be Clear on Your Reasons
Get clarity on why your health is a priority. Fitness is an end goal for some people but many of us find more meaning in another area of life–our children, grandchildren, or self-esteem.
Prepare for Setbacks
Failing to reach up to our ideal often sends us into a tailspin–“I slipped up which proves I can’t do this.” Instead, recognize that mistakes happen because you are the kind of person who works to better themselves.
Find Exercise and Food You Enjoy to Stay Motivated
Nothing will more quickly zap you of motivation than food that makes you gag and exercise that makes you feel weak. Find what works for you. Preparing meals with friends is a great way to explore the culinary world and walking with a dog may put a bounce in your step.
Finding your why and a regiment that works for you may take some time and tinkering but the extra effort will allow success to come easier.