Tried and Tested
Countless women resolve each year
to an exercise program that
will not only improve their looks but also boost their overall
But a good fraction of them never make it to the
end of the first month for a lot of reasons, be they valid or
exercising is definitely enjoyable, it's easy to slack off after a few
days, especially when our muscles start aching or there's nothing to
look forward to but the same old repetitive steps day in and day out.
is too short to keep putting off something as important as fitness.
Don't despair – there are several ways to make exercising more exciting and fun
to ensure that you'll reach your goal within your target period:
- Get An Exercise Partner
Forget about keeping your efforts a secret from your family and friends
unless you have very strong willpower to see your project through.
More often than not, it's the sense of community that
keeps gym rats going and is primarily the reason why tons of
exercise equipment gather dust at home. Invite your spouse, best
friend, neighbor, or even sex partner – it might even spice up your sex
To The Music Of Your Choice
The advent of iPods has made it easier for us to take our favorite
music wherever we go. You can program these little gizmos to play a different set of
tunes each day for weeks.
If your cardio is walking, for instance, you could find music with
specific beats per minute online, or you could combine your own.
Beginning walkers could listen to music at 118 steps per minute;
intermediate at 126; and advanced at a brisk 134 steps per minute. Baby
Boomers enjoy the '70s, '80s, and '90s music; the younger generations
have their own genres. There's even cool-down music to plant your feet
back on the ground after a cardio high.
- Hang Photos Of
Yourself On The Wall
And I don't mean just any kind – I mean one "before" image – which is how you
look now; and an "after" image,
which is what you'll look like after the timeframe you set.
So how do you do this?
Get yourself "morphed" on a computer by a graphic artist. Attach your face on the
body of a goddess or a voluptuous celebrity. You'll be surprised
how visuals can positively affect your drive.
A Journal Of Accomplishments
You have most likely set a goal for yourself before starting your
exercise regimen. Regardless of how insubstantial it may seem to you, it helps to write about your little
achievements and your feelings about keeping fit.
| Track your
daily progress by writing down the exercises you've done and the reps
you have made. Aim for the next level if you feel you're up to it, and
keep raising the bar each time.
Do Something You Like
The word "occasionally" is there because to accomplish something we can
be proud of, we need to sacrifice a little – which means there can
really be some things that aren't palatable to us, such as doing "X"
number of reps or doing an exercise for "X" number of minutes.
However, no one said we can't alternate these
workouts with activities we enjoy doing most, such as roller
blading or bike riding.
A Personal Trainer Or Coach
If you're the type of person who needs someone breathing down her neck
in order to accomplish something, so be it.
Hire someone so obsessed with keeping fit that he'll make you feel
extremely guilty about missing a session. In addition, his or her physique
will always be in front of you, which is a fantastic motivator any time.
To Motivational Tapes
Your "background music" doesn't always have to be something you can
dance to. It can be a charismatic speaker talking about how you can be
the master of your body or how you can do whatever it takes to achieve
something you've set your mind on.
Doing your favorite
aero or cardio doesn't have to be done in a single, uninterrupted
session a day. You can wake up half an hour earlier than usual,
split the workout into a 30-minute session in the morning and another
during your lunch hour or early evening.
For every little accomplishment, such as a few pounds lost in two
weeks, half an inch off your waistline, or an improved heart rate – treat yourself to
non-food perks like a foot massage or new Victoria's Secret underwear.
Check out books, magazines, and websites that teach you about the
latest trends in the exercise world. Learning about like-minded
individuals makes for great motivation to continue what you have
Join online forums on fitness as well. You'll find that for every 1
member on the verge of calling it quits, there'll be 9 others
encouraging her to see her program through!