In present day modern times, most of us are multi-tasking against tight time scheduless. Taking time out to exercise canbe a bit of a challenge, but we have to find ways to overcome it, without making any excuses for not making it to the gym or to simply exercising on our own. As a woman, it is imperative for us to exercise, not only to look good, but also to have the added strength and muscle power we need to cope up with all the multiple tasks. This becomes increasingly important as we get older, as cells stop multiplying and we have to make the that extra effort to keep our metabolism and energy up!
We all know of the benefits and the ‘feel good factor’ of doing regular exercise. Hence, most of us start off strong with an exercise program, and then within a few weeks they’ve got an excuse for not being there!
To avoid these demotivating spirits, follow the following tips from the start of your exercise planning:
1. Make workouts a key part of your schedule, not a mere recreation. Write your workout times into your calendar and stick to them just as you would a vital business meeting. Note: Working out is as important as ANYTHING in your life, even as important as LIFE ITSELF.
2. Don’t start too aggressively. This will lead to over tiredness and pain in body.
3. Set achievable goals. It’s inevitable that as you start a new program, you picture yourself looking like the models. But if you set your sights too high, you may find yourself discounting the gains you are making. Instead of looking far into the future, give yourself intermediate weekly and monthly goals. If you always have new goals to shoot for, it stays interesting.
4. Chart your progress. Gains from one workout to the next can be subtle, and the only way to know how well you’re really doing is to write everything down. Keep a journal of your workouts, as well as what you eat. When you write it down, you can compare results, see what is and isn’t working, and see that as time goes on YOU’RE REALLY MAKING PROGRESS.
5. Mix it up. Doing the same workout over and over again gets old fast, and your results won’t be as good as if you try a variety of exercises. Instead of doing 40 minutes daily on the treadmill, try the different aerobic machines in the gym and go on hiking, in-line skating and bicycling adventures whenever you get a chance.
6. Go one on one. One reason working out can seem less enjoyable than playing sports is that it lacks interplay with others. But there are lots of ways to have some spirited competition in the gym, whether it’s racing on treadmills or competing with your weightlifting buddy. When two guys are on the same regimen, they can make things more fun by having mini-contests.
7. Work with a trainer or coach. Workouts seem easier and are more effective with a professional prodding you on. When there’s someone watching you and keeping an eye on your progress, there’s incentive to keep going.
8. Force yourself to hang in there religiously for the first three months. Nothing sustains motivation better than results. However, whether you’re a beginner or a competitive bodybuilder, your muscles must be given enough time to adapt to the growth and recovery periods that strength training requires.
9. As soon as you miss a workout, re-motivate yourself. This is the danger zone, the time when most people start giving up. Hence take care and keep working out!