In this video, NASM Certified Personal Trainer Kristen Kennedy gives some tips on how to keep your motivation level up so you can reach your fitness goals.
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Exercising was just that easy; I think we'd be all doing it regularly, right? But it really isn't. It's that something that you need that push that extra motivation to keep you going towards that goal. So I'm going to give you a few tips to keep you motivated. First thing's first, pretty much very simply it's the benefit of exercising. You need to think about the longer life that you're going to be leading, the healthier heart, the confidence that's you're going to be having when you walk down the street, the energy, which is so important. I get that just by working after 1 hour when I leave the house, take a shower, I'm ready to go because there is endorphins kick me up. I have that smile on my face for the whole entire time. Secondly, your accountability, what I do is I tell all my friends around me that I have this one particular goal. Say I want to trim up my arms, I'm mean to tell all my friends, I'm hitting the gym about 4 days a week, I'm going to work on those arms. I want them to be cut, I want to look good in my tank top. I tell them all, they're going to be expecting that out of me for those four days a week. They're going to be, Kristen did you go? If I said no, it's kind of like disappointing my friends. They try to tell people around you, that you're either quitting one thing, you quit chocolate, or you quit drinking sweet tea, or something so everyone around you will be watching at you. They'll be looking over you to see if you're drinking that sweet tea. Next, morning workout, now I teach classes at 5:45 am in the morning Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and let me tell you, it is so much easier than doing it after work. I have much more energized, it sounds tough at first, which it is for the first two weeks but once you get it down for that first two week, you will form that habits of wanting to do it over and over again. You'll get it out of the way, once you're done, you don't have to think about it anymore, kind of my favorite time to workout. Next have goals in mind. Say you have a marathon that you want to run next year, you have that goal in mind. So you are going to start running, maybe you run a mile for the first few weeks, then you climb up 2 miles. You keep climbing up from then, you're going to reach that goal by next year and you're going to just surprise people. You're going to be out there, you're going to run those 24 miles whatever you need to do and you'll have that goal in mind and you'll reach it, you'll be good for that. Next, do activities that you like. Those are the most fun, I think. You have hiking, which I love, you got swimming, which is the hardest for me, but as soon as you are out there, I know that you're swimmers, get into that pool, do a couple of laps, and you've burned tons of calories. You have tennis, let's say you have even if you like shopping, go shopping, you know you break a sweat doing that sometimes, you get stressed out looking through all these cloths, it's a workout in itself. Then last but not least, get a personal trainer. If you have the funds to do it and you have that motivation and you want something so bad, that personal trainer will be with you from the beginning all the way until the end and you'll have those results that you're looking for, and hopefully that motivation is enough to get you there.