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Set Your Goals and Track Your Progress

Looking to the future (goal-setting) and the past (tracking progress) can be a very effective way of keeping motivated.

Make sure your goals are easily achievable. Setting yourself an unrealistic goal will only de-motivate you when you fail to achieve it. The sense of achievement from completing multiple realistic goals will help keep you motivated.

  • Set short term goals, one of your first goals could be – 'to make exercise a habit'.
  • Set health goals, not weight goals. As we’ve said before, exercise will not make much difference to your weight in the short-term. You need to get into the habit of exercising for the benefit of your health and well-being, not just for your weight.
  • Set time-related goals, not distance or speed-related goals. After all, it is the time spent doing an exercise that is most important with regard to your health. The advantage of a time-related goal is that you can alter the intensity of your exercise depending upon how you feel each day, but you need to keep clocking the minutes up.
  • Keep a written record of your progress, all the goals you have made and completed. This way you can look back and see how much you have achieved.
  • If you are feeling particularly unmotivated, repeat your very first workout. You will probably be amazed at how easy it seems. This will allow you to see how much progress you’ve made.
  • Think of exercise as cumulative; when going about your daily life you should be constantly adding to it

Get Into the Habit

Make It Enjoyable

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