Gym Closed? Christopher Lee, a certified fitness trainer from Buffalo, New York, discusses incentives that could help you stay on track with your fitness goals below.
Do you have a plan in place for keeping fit, such as a daily jog, swim, or workout? If so, that’s great, but are you sticking to your schedule? Many people struggle to keep to their fitness routine, however modest, so if you’re dropping back on yours, be assured you’re not the only one. What you need is a powerful incentive that will keep you committed day after day.
Share your keep-fit commitment, so you’ll feel compelled to stick to it or lose face. Tell your friends, family, and social media followers, with pledges to update them regularly. With so many people following your progress, you’ll have to keep pushing forward for the sake of your image and reputation.
2. Supporting another struggler
If you have a friend or relative who is struggling to keep fit, encourage them to share their exercise routine. This way, you’ll find yourself automatically adhering to your daily target while focusing on supporting them. This is a great way to lighten the burden of your own commitments, also giving you the pleasure of helping someone you care for.
3. Tracking your vital statistics
Before embarking on your fitness plan, check your weight and measurements to monitor improvements through the days and weeks ahead. This can be a highly rewarding approach and will spur you on to keep exercising long term. If you have blood pressure and heart rate monitors, you can track them too, for the extra encouragement they should bring over time.
4. Looking in the mirror
For a simple incentive, involving no one but yourself set a target for looking trimmer in the mirror. Check your appearance once a week, take a photo or two for the record, and compare those weekly images and mirror impressions through the months.
5. Taunting yourself with clothes
If you’re trying to lose weight, buy a piece of clothing one size below yours at the starting point. Hang it up on your door or mirror, or in some other prominent place where it will remind you of your goal.
6. Granting yourself edible rewards
Allow yourself a modest edible or drinkable treat to reward yourself for your diligent efforts. It might be chocolate, a glass of wine or beer, or something you don’t usually buy. But keep treating yourself in moderation, or you could undo all your hard work by over-indulging.
7. Preparing for a demanding enterprise
If you’re trying to get fit in preparation for a particular event or role, this ultimate goal should spur you on. If you’re shaping up for a race, for instance, the prospect of challenges ahead is sure to keep you training hard.
8. Inviting sponsorship for a good cause
Choose a worthy cause to support, and invite sponsorship for your fitness challenge. The thought of that worthy cause and all the generous pledges of support you receive will carry you forward when you’re struggling. The greater your daily achievement, the greater your pride and joy, with that fine cause in mind.
A word of warning
These recommended incentives will help you keep to your targets, provided they are reasonable, doable ones. But take care not to set the bar too high for yourself, as over-exertion can be as bad for you as idleness. If necessary, adjust your goal to ensure you can realistically and safely work to achieve it. Your starting point and ultimate goal will be unique to you, so judge your achievement on your own, personal circumstances, and expectations. Every step in the right direction deserves praise, so pat yourself on the back for every effort.
With these incentives, you’ll soon get into the swing of your daily workout plan, however reluctant you may feel sometimes. What’s more, you’ll impress your friends and family, and even yourself.
About Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee is a certified fitness trainer from Buffalo, New York. Christopher specializes in designing workouts plans for clients that make them look and feel more athletic, helping them avoid injury. Mr. Lee emphasizes a healthy diet and lifestyle so clients can fuel properly to get the most out of their workouts and reach their fitness goals. When he is not working with his clients, Christopher Lee can be found at a hot yoga class, practicing martial arts, or spending time with his friends and family in Buffalo.