5 Fitness Tips to Keep You Motivated

Fitness is not about being better than someone else… it’s about being better than you used to be.

It’s so easy to tell yourself that you are going to do something about your fitness. Unfortunately, it is also too easy to say that you are going to do something but then continue to either push the idea away until another day or get bored and quit. There are many elements that come with the word fitness. Not only does it have the obvious physical benefits such as helping your muscle and bone strength, your balance, and your energy, it also has mental benefits that can help you in other areas of your life and as you grow older. Fitness improves your focus, your independence, and your self-esteem. As we age and fitness becomes more of a challenge, it’s important to motivate yourself and keep all of these benefits in mind because they become crucial to living a healthier and happier life.

Here are 5 fitness tips to keep you motivated:


  • Set small goals.
     No one is saying that you have to run a marathon on your first day. You also don’t need to keep up with the person next to you. Give yourself a long-term goal and then make a list of smaller goals leading up to it. Make fitness easy and achievable for you. Even if you have been one to work out in the past, you can’t expect yourself to run 4 miles on the first day back out. Be realistic and your fitness plan will be a whole lot easier.
  • Do something you love. It may come as a surprise, but fitness can be fun! There are plenty of ways that you can stay active. Combine fitness with the things you enjoy most. If you’re not the kind of person to go to a gym, or if you are bored with your usual routine, try something new and move your body differently. You can find fitness in so many activities including ballroom dancing, kayaking, or Pilates.
  • Incorporate fitness into your daily life.  With our busy lives and schedules there is no doubt that it can be difficult to find time for fitness. But that is no excuse. It may take some time to fit working out into your schedule but when you do get into the habit of making time for it everyday you may be able to find that you can be active in things you do already. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs!
  • Listen to your body when it talks to you. Don’t stress your body out. If something is too hard and you feel that it is straining rather than strengthening you, bring your activity down to a much easier pace that you can handle and are comfortable with.
  • Let your doctor know. It is always good to make someone else aware of your fitness plan. Letting your doctor know about your goals and activities can make him/her more educated about you if something doesn’t feel right down the road. Your doctor can always advise you if you’re pushing yourself too hard or if they think you can push yourself more.

Fitness is all about balance. It is about doing what is right for your body but also keeping it fun and enjoyable, and it’s about pushing yourself but not to the point where it becomes unhealthy. You know your limits. Motivate yourself and take it bit by bit, and all of it will add up in the end.



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