5 Tips to Keep Your Momentum Going

What are you doing to keep the momentum this week? How do you keep exercise a priority in your busy life?

Here are my top tips to try to fight the urge to hit the couch after a long day before getting your exercise in.

4f14b21e2686931c3ae27ce5a092156c1. Remember the benefits. Exercise improves quality of life and extends longevity. Exercise helps combat health conditions like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, and arthritis. It helps to improve your mood. It gives you more energy. Take some time to think about your health and how beneficial it will be to take just 30 minutes to gain these benefits.

  • Reduce the risk of premature death

  • Reduce the risk of developing and/or dying from heart disease

  • Reduce high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure

  • Reduce high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol

  • Reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer

  • Reduce the risk of developing diabetes

  • Reduce or maintain body weight or body fat

  • Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints

  • Reduce depression and anxiety

  • Improve psychological well-being

  • Enhanced work, recreation, and sport performance

  • An improved complexion

1511291_498436273605816_1860033600_n2. Put it into perspective. Remember that a 30 minute to one hour workout is only about 2%-5% of your day. That is totally manageable. To be realistic, time is a factor when trying to schedule exercise, but out of 24 hours in a day, you should be able to find a way to take 30 minutes for yourself at least three-six days a week. I don’t like driving to a gym and my workouts can be done at home with the help of Beachbody programs. Three of my favorite fitness programs to do in 30 minutes or less are P90X3, Focus T25 and the 21-Day FIX.

Fitness Variety3. Find something you like. If you dread exercise you will find any excuse to get out of it. Try something different until you find something that you enjoy or at least feel good about doing. If you enjoy the work out and are getting a lot out of it, you will maintain motivation and the excuses will fade into the distant past!

Exercise variety may be the key to sticking to your workout regime. A study by the University of Florida at Gainesville found that doing the same form of exercise repetitiously increases your chances of giving up, but motivation may grow with exercise variety.

When you do the same type of exercise exclusively, your body builds certain specific strengths. By switching your activity mode, you broaden your physical abilities. There are physiological benefits as well as psychological benefits of having variety in your exercise program. Doing a different activity stresses the body in a new and novel way.

Whether you’re a beginning exerciser who needs help getting started or someone who wants to add some spice to your fitness routine, Beachbody offers a variety of fitness programs to choose from and I will help you choose the one that is best for you. Browse through my site and find the one program that get you excited once you find your program contact me and I will help you put a plan together. If you are not sure no worries I will help you choose the right program for you.

1557695_673912339327945_883401697_n4. Schedule exercise like you would anything else and commit yourself to exercising according to a plan. This is the most important step. This is something I do personally and it keeps me on track like nothing else. It is so simple to look at your calendar, see where you have time and schedule your workout plan in just like your doctor appointment or haircut. This also helps to hold you accountable. Follow your schedule for at least one month. The results you’ll see after four weeks should be enough to keep you motivated.

5. Try an accountability group. Do YOU NEED a little extra motivation and accountability to help you reach your fitness goals? Do YOU WANT to surround yourself with like minded people who are working towards the same/similar goals as yourself? If you answered YES to either of these questions, Kevin Rack Fitness has a great program for you. Join our Team Fit Nation Challenge Group to help you stay accountable. Invite your friends and family to join you.

I hope these tips can help you work around your schedule to make exercise a priority. It’s your body and you only get one! Whatever your motivation, keep up the good work!

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Author:cherylo

I have been an International Sports Science Association Certified Personal Trainer since 2009, a Certified Boxing Fitness Trainer and I love helping women over 40 stay fit and healthy or getting their health and fitness back after spending all their time taking care of others.

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