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TRAINERS TIP - HOW TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN MOTIVATION

Have you ever started and stopped a fitness goal…..maybe more than once? Just a little preparation could mean the all the difference in achieving success!

  • Set a goal or vision. Clearly specify how you will know when you've reached your goal. You might take a picture of yourself now and every four weeks, so you can see how you're progressing.
  • Develop a realistic action plan. Create a clear, achievable action plan that includes frequency, intensity and duration of cardiovascular exercise, strength training and stretching. Start small and progress gradually to help you feel successful and avoid injury or burnout.
  • Use environmental cues. Put your gym bag by the door, so you remember to take it to work. Or schedule your workouts into your calendar or planner and set electronic reminders on your cellphone or computer.
  • Make it fun. Find an activity that you enjoy and will stick with.
  • Record your progress. Keep a written record of your exercise to provide information about progress that reinforces a positive exercise behavior.
  • Find a buddy with whom you can work out regularly. You can help and encourage each other, rely on each other for moral support and accountability.
  • Reward yourself. Treat yourself to something that is compatible with your health and fitness goals.
  • Believe in yourself. Keep your focus on what makes exercise meaningful for you and what you ultimately want to gain from your exercise program.
  • Be Persistent. Making good exercise and nutrition choices day after day can be a challenge. Be sure if you have momentary setbacks, accept them and get back on track right away.

Monika Salars
Personal Trainer
Billy Casper Wellness Center

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