Weight Loss Tips For Motivation
Becoming motivated is about finding reasons. The first step to
weight loss motivation is creating a list of things you want to get out of losing weight. Carry around a note
pad and pen for a few days and write down every benefit you can think of that relates to weight loss. This
will become your personal motivation list, which you can refer to when you begin your
Here are a few examples:
- More energy to spend quality time with
family and friends.
- Fit into all your clothes.
- Live a long, healthy life
- Not be uncomfortable in public
- Not become breathless climbing stairs
- Do "active" things
- Wear nice clothes
Make a long, extensive list. This may not seem important, but it
is critical to be able to read this list when your motivation to exercise is waning. It's a powerful way to
quickly get "re-motivated".
Other ways to help stay motivated:
- Exercise with a friend. Statistics tell
us that people who exercise with a friend are more successful at exercising consistently. You can keep
each other accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with them can be great
motivation to show up and get it done.
- Exercise first thing in the morning, every morning. Our
bodies were made to be active on a daily basis and people who in the morning, are more successful at exercising
- Train for a local 5k or 10k walk or run in your area.
This can be great motivation to exercise on a regular basis.
- Reward yourself.
- Keep records. Write down your exercise time (minutes)
each day. Keep a running total for the month and year. Calculate your average exercise time per
- Make your exercise as enjoyable as possible. For example,
if you're a walker, you may want to get a good CD player to listen to music or books on tape, etc. If you're
exercising inside, set up a TV so that you can watch it while exercising. On the other hand, you may just
prefer peace and quiet. Do whatever makes exercise most enjoyable for you. You are much more likely to exercise
consistently if you enjoy it.
- Wear good shoes that are appropriate for what you're
doing. Injuries seriously affect your motivation to exercise. Most people, especially walkers and runners, wear
their shoes far too long. Worn out shoes will make you much more prone to injuries.
- Seeing the positive results.