Life is far too short not to take health and fitness seriously. So many people do not think that working out and a healthy diet is necessary for survival. I know you have heard it a million times, but maybe you need to listen to it just one more time before you take action… IT IS IMPORTANT.
Exercise and a healthy diet are proven to add years on to your life or think of it like this. You have a maximum number of years to live, you do not know what that number is, but for every day, month, the year you let pass by without exercising and stuffing your face with junk food you lose time off of that clock of life.
Motivating yourself to exercise can be a difficult thing to do, but why? Well because exercise is tough work. I am not going to lie to you, getting fit is EASY, all you have to do is do the exercises, it is the exercise that are hard. Stressing and straining your muscles hurts, sometimes stored up toxins are released from your muscles when you exercise, and you feel sick, your body is sore, etc. Here is the fantastic thing, once you work out, your body restores itself creating more energy, better metabolism and better health.
Here are a few unusual ways to motivate yourself to start working out.
– Goals with consequences.
Set a reasonable and relatively easy target for yourself. Tell a friend that if a specific date does not meet that goal, you’ll give them $10, and every week after that is another $10 until your goal is met. Make the goal something attainable and give yourself enough time. This is to start easy and get you going. Maybe the goal is to lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks and keep it off for another four weeks. Maybe its that you will run one mile 6 times in the next 15 days. And make sure your friend collects the money from you if you fail. Pick a friend that will take the money and not feel bad for you.
– Plan a Hike
Plan a hiking trip that is long and will take some training and preparation to do. Make it a camping trip with some friends, make it a 20-mile 3-day trek. Pay for campsites and train. Sometimes knowing you will achieve a goal and make it through the trip is enough to get you going.
– Pay yourself.
Pay yourself either in real money or junk food. YES, it is okay to treat yourself with junk food if its apart of your workout plan. The trick is that you have to limit your junk food intake so that when you reward yourself, it is a rare treat. For example, if you love Butterfinger candy bars. After you do a long hike or complete a three or 4-day workout, you can get yourself a Butterfinger candy bar. You can also use money. Pay yourself to run, or exercise and spend that money on whatever you want. Now make sure you budget this into your lifestyle and do not go into debt over it, but try it.
– Take your health seriously
You need to take working out and your health seriously. For some of you, you need to buckle down and do it. It is amazing how once you get into regular exercising all the sudden you miss it if you do not do it for a while. It can be addicting. Go for it and stay fit not fat.