In A Rut?

Kelly Kalbfleisch, NPTI Certified Personal Trainer

Manager of CoachMeFit Ann Arbor

I’m not going to lie….I’m a trainer and I’m in an exercise rut.  We all go through the ups and downs of an exercise routine.  As I was thinking about a blog, I thought I may as well write about what I’m going through to get some motivation while helping others who are in the same place as me!  I came across the article below.  It talks mostly about weight loss, but I am replacing the weight loss feel of the article to fit into what I need to get out of my fitness routines.  Whatever your fitness goal(s), you can use this article’s tips to get you back on track. 

To stick around and work, weight loss has to fit within the bigger picture — and then made into a daily priority. Like a movie extra struggling to be seen on a blockbuster film, if weight loss isn’t in the big picture, it won’t get watched.

Weight loss is a classic “out of sight, out of mind” matter. If you’re busy with big picture stuff (which hopefully you are), weight loss may feel forgotten and start to get in the way. Unless, of course, it becomes part of that bigger picture. Knowing the role that fitness plays gives you the motivation to keep going strong.
 
First, put weight loss up on the big screen. List the things that losing weight will help you do. Want to be a better parent? Improve your work performance? Stick around to see your grandkids? Are travel, horseback riding, racecar driving, home improvement and other high-energy activities important to you?
 
These reasons can be made into motivators. They’ll be more energizing than looking at the scale any day of the week.

Second, make fitness a daily priority. Some ideas:

  • Do your goal activities early before distractions hit.
  • Arrange your day and menu ahead of time and stick to the plan.
  • Create a reward system that’s related to your big picture. For example, if you’re in this to boost your confidence, reward yourself for small wins by putting $1 in a “stepping out” fund.
  • Pack lunches and avoid eating out.
  • Carry a picture of your main motivators.
  • Find reasons to be with and talk to positive, upbeat people with similar goals.

With the steps above, you help yourself realize that weight loss can have real meaning — that if you stop using smart fitness strategies or stop eating your veggies, you’re losing more than some weight loss momentum. You’re potentially holding yourself back from living the life that you love.

By: Mike Kramer, staff writer for sparkpeople.com

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