How to Start Working Out AgainCredit: Manoj Patel

Are you new to working out and cannot seem to stay motivated? Do you start off well and then just find yourself repeating old habits? It seems like fitness and financial goals can be the hardest to tackle. Although hard, they are not impossible. Finding and keeping your motivation to workout can be a challenge. Here are a few tips that have helped me.


1.Keep the end result in mind

Nothing motivates you more than knowing your goal, and not only knowing your goal, but also knowing what the results of reaching that goal will bring. Let's say that your goal is to loose 30lbs. Ask yourself these questions: "What will happen if I loose this weight?" , "What will be the result of not loosing the weight?" In a study done about excercise and health it was determined that for every 1 lb. of weight loss, there was a resulting 4-lb. reduction in knee joint load or knee pressure. Maybe you just want to fit into that dress. Whatever the positive result, it is helpful to keep that in the forefront of your mind.

2. Determine your type

My most productive time is in the morning, so that is when I typically workout. (Although some winter mornings make it hard to get out of bed). For some, it is more convenient to workout in the afternoon or at night. Whatever your ideal time, it is important to identify your type and work within those boundaries. Don't try to make yourself into something that you are not, but at the same time push yourself to achieve your goal within your type. If you are not a morning person, don't set yourself up for failure by having a goal to workout 7 days a week every morning. If you are a night owl and your schedule allows it, then working out in the evenings could be ideal for you. There are many gyms that are open 24hrs a day.

3. Have a Plan

Let's face it, if I don't plan it; it's not going to happen! I plan out my workout schedule at the beginning of the week. When Monday morning comes, I already know what's on tap and don't have to try to figure it out. Trying to make a decision on whether I'm going to workout while sitting on my couch, or worse while in the bed never ends up good for me. As I mentioned earlier; since I am a morning person; I typically lay my gym clothes out at night to eliminate thinking when I wake up in the morning. All I have to do is roll out of bed and go straight for my workout. The goal is to remove as many obstacles as you can plan for. By knowing my goal, I can accommodate my day to better accomplish it. This increases my chances of not skipping out on the workout.

4. Seek Accountability

One of the most common workout hindrances that I hear is, "I don't have anyone to workout with me." Having someone to help hold you accountable is invaluable. If you don't physically have a consistent person then there is still hope. There are many online communities to join, that will help achieve the same results. Some examples of online communities are MyFitnessPal and Runkeeper. Most of these communities allow you to track your progress and chat with others that have some of the same fitness goals. Get plugged in with someone or a group of people to help you. I promise, it is much easier with someone with you.

5. Just Do It

What are you waiting for? Just get out there and be active. Take one step at a time and don't get discouraged. There is power in incremental change so don't allow yourself to get discouraged by biting off more than you can chew. Start slow and remember the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. The fact that you even got off the couch already puts you miles ahead of most people. Happy Workout!