As the year draws to a close, we have plenty of reasons to celebrate, but that’s no excuse for letting go of workout goals and routines.
Heading toward the New Year, there are lots of distractions—from Thanksgiving, Chanukah and year-end holiday parties to the winter solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve itself.
Any and all of these can be used as excuses to stray from a solid exercise plan, but if you are following a Paleo approach to your eating and workouts, now is the time to rededicate yourself to staying on track for excellent results.
The key to success is finding your internal source of motivation. As good as the Paleo approach may be, it is only good if you make sure that you follow it.
That said, what can you do to improve your motivational levels throughout the holidays? Let’s go over four quick tips that can keep you coming back for more each and every day.
Get a Workout Buddy
Having a good workout buddy is the first step—someone who will be there every step of the way, especially on those days when you are really struggling and just can’t seem to work up the desire to get to the gym.
When you know that someone is waiting for you to arrive, it may cause you to think twice about foregoing the workout. Also, if you are competitive, making up a competition with your workout buddy can help give you that extra edge that’s needed.
Make a Goal List
The second thing that you should be doing to stay motivated with your workout program is to have a list of specific goals that you want to achieve. For example, how much weight do you want to lose? How much weight do you want to bench press? How fast do you want to run a mile?
The more specific you can be with your goal setting, the easier it will be to imagine yourself having success. When there’s no clear end point in sight, that’s when motivation can start to wane.
In addition, make sure that you set your goals on a weekly basis. Having short term goals on the way to long term goals is a perfect way to keep you working hard week after week.
Along with your goals, be sure to have a reward system in place. Far too many people don’t give themselves credit for the hard work they put in and the goals that they achieve.
Even if it’s as simple as taking the time for a hot bath or to read your favorite book for a few hours, that’s still something that you will look forward to achieving.
Focus on Internal and External
Finally, make sure that you focus on both internal and external goals. Don’t make all your goals related to how you look; keep some related to how you feel and what your health level is, as well as how you perform. The more types of goals you have, the easier it will be to stay motivated during difficult times.
So keep these four quick tips in mind and you’ll surely to end this year with a bang, not a whimper.
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