In August, gyms and fitness centers began filling to the brim with eager Autumn Resolutioners ready to feel physically fit for the months ahead. It’s not easy, is it! However, I have some tips that will help you stay motivated for a long time to come.

SCHEDULE TIME TO WORKOUT

Make an appointment to work out and treat it like any other meeting. Don’t wait until the end of a day to decide. Your health is too important to skip. Consider working out at the beginning of the day – as our time becomes more and more hectic as the day goes on.

FIND SOMETHING THAT YOU LIKE TO DO

Hate the treadmill? Try the elliptical machine. Hate to run? Try swimming. Studies show that people doing exercises they enjoy are much more likely to continue their exercise routine.

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOTIVATION NEEDS IT

Hire a trainer! When we spend money, we are more likely to meet our commitments. Knowing that you are going to lose money if you don’t show will likely cause you to make all of your workouts. Also, there’s nothing like a trainer to help you push your limits.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF “UNOFFICIAL” WORKOUTS

Play tag with your kids. You’ll both sleep better at night. Park as far from the door of the store as possible and walk. The extra steps really add up. Take the stairs. Do your own yard work and house cleaning. Help an older friend or relative with their chores and feel even better. At your place of business, deliver all of your memos instead of using the interoffice mail system. You will find some valuable face time with your co-workers and burn those calories. Whenever you need time to “think” do it standing up, pacing, or by taking a walk. Never sit to talk on the phone. Move around; get some quick cleaning or other small tasks completed.

Most importantly, make a schedule that works for you! Find an activity that you enjoy and set achievable goals. It’s in your power.





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