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When you first make the commitment to work out, change your body, and make the lasting changes that your lifestyle needs, the motivation is there. Getting into gear and on the move is easy, then, but what about the day after? The week after? The month after? If you have motivation problems, in the long run, you would be far from the only one. A little accountability and a little help can go a long way. Here’s how you can get it.
Stay on track with exercise apps
If you’re not able to make it to the gym or you simply want to be more active at home, one of the biggest temptations is to simply not get up when you know that you’re supposed to. There are home workout apps that can make it a lot easier to track what you should be doing, when, and to alert you. Sometimes you just need that extra kick to get you into gear and even a phone notification can be pretty good at giving you that.
Be better at managing your food
Fitness is one side of the equation. You have to ensure that you’re managing your calorie intake and nutrition well, as well. It might have been tough to do this in the past when you had to calculate all your food throughout the day, yourself, but modern nutrition software makes it easy to either scan or look up the food that you’re eating through a database, and to put together all the data that you need to know about it. This way you can make sure that you’re never going too far over your calorie target for the day.
Work with the pros
If you’re looking to commit seriously to a lifestyle change, then sometimes having someone to show you the ropes, cheer you along, and hold you accountable can make a huge difference. When you’re looking to get in shape, a personal trainer can be just the right level of positivity and pressure to keep you on the right track. Personal trainers can also bring the added benefit of personalising your plan to your needs, including what time you have available as well as any injuries or health issues you might need to accommodate.
Get a friend involved
Sometimes, having a peer can work to keep your motivation up and can even make working out more fun. The next time you spot a fitness class that you want to join, ask one of your friends or family members if they would be up for joining, too. Working out with someone else has been proven to help you both work out longer and harder per session, as well as to be better able to stick to it in the long run. After all, you wouldn’t be letting yourself down by missing a class, you’d be letting down a friend, too.
Knowing when you need a little assistance isn’t a weakness. There’s a reason that personal trainers and fitness aids are as widespread as they are: people need them and they work. Know when to tag in a partner.