It can be hard to always be motivated to keep up with fitness goals. When someone has a bad day, the weather is bad, or when there are other things that can be done, it’s hard to find the will to go workout. Having a source of fitness inspiration to keep you on track and meeting your goals is important.
One way to stay inspired when working out is to reward yourself when you reach your goals. If the goal is to go to the gym more often, reward yourself when you reach that goal. If you want to go to the gym five days a week, have your reward on the sixth day of the week. The reward could be a day out shopping, going out with friends, or going to a spa. Anything that is really enjoyed that isn’t done often can be a reward.
If the goal is to lose weight, set weight loss milestones that must be met before the reward can happen. Be sure that you don’t use rewards that can set your goal backwards. If ten pounds are lost, avoid using an all-you-can-eat buffet or drinks that are full of empty calories as the reward. The reward system is an enjoyable way to get your motivation back if its beginning to slip away.
Another method to help stay on target to reach the goals is signing a contract. Have some friends around and write up a contract stating what you will do to stay on track. Write down exactly what the goal is. If you are trying to exercise for at least an hour a day every day, write that down. Tell the friends exactly what the plans are. Have everyone sign the contract when it’s completed.
There can also be a consequence if the contract is not followed. For example, if the goal is to exercise every day and a day is skipped, pay a friend twenty dollars. This will help to provide motivation to stay on target since most people don’t like to give away money.
If you have a friend that is also working on a fitness goal, there could be a payment method to make sure that both of you are doing the things you are supposed to. If you both want to go to the gym five days a week, your friend could pay you ten dollars each week when you reach that goal. If you skip a day, you will have to pay your friend ten dollars. Your friend could do the same thing to meet their goal. Some weeks there might not be anything earned since you both will be getting ten dollars, but just exchanging the money can make it feel like there is something being earned.
Staying motivated to workout isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Figure out exactly what the goal is and what fitness inspiration will work best. Once you know exactly what motivates you to meet your goals, you can better figure out what target to set and when you have met it.