You have been exercising now for about 2 weeks, if you just began after the first of the year! Congratulations!
If you are someone who isn’t new to exercise, and has made new commitments to your exercise routines, congratulations to you as well!
There comes a time for most people beginning a new exercise routine, they will come up against obstacles that keep them from completing their commitments. As we discussed before, it’s vital to have an accountability buddy or partner!
Each Sunday, write down your weekly goal schedule with the days, the hours you will firmly commit to your exercise you have chosen, and email this to your accountability buddy.
Remember to text or call your buddy after you complete your workouts!
A big reason a person allows obstacles to get in the way of continuing to exercise: they haven’t really tapped into their “WHY”.
What I mean by their “WHY”, is what is the reason, the real reason they decided to begin to exercise on a regular basis? Is it to lose weight, increase their health (ie lower blood pressure, help with diabetes etc), what is it? When we are changing things in our lives, whatever we are changing, we really need to get into the feeling of how it will feel, how it will look, when we have what we are striving for.
With exercise, as you saw suggested in earlier blogs, clarity is essential.
Put that picture up of you at an earlier weight, when you were in the size pants you want to be back into, or put positive, motivating affirmations, on your mirror or as Katherine Fossler said she does, on her dashboard of her car. If your blood test results are not in the range you want , put the ideal numbers up that you want to achieve.
And have fun with your new exercise routines! If you are exercising alone at home with a video or on your own equipment, put on peppy music before you begin or while you are exercising, or while you are walking. Music is a great motivator. If you are at the health club, listen to music that is uplifting or I often listen to a motivational speaker on my iPod, while I workout.
Lastly, remember to have someone you can share your successes and your discouragments with! Your accountablilty buddy would be one of these people.
Here’s to your success!