How to Get Back into Shape

It can be quite a daunting task to muster the motivation to get into shape given our hectic lifestyle. Everyone is tied up in a plethora of activities, like working for eight hours, commuting, household chores, etc., which take up a large chunk of each day, and one is left with very little time to bother about health and fitness issues. In such a scenario, one needs a little motivation to overcome these limitations and hurdles.

Mentioned below are a few pointers that are bound to help you in this regard:

Wake Up Early
As quoted by Benjamin Franklin, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” This saying is as relevant today as it was centuries before. By waking up early, you feel extremely energized throughout the day, as the highly oxygenated and fresh air empowers all the cells of your body. Therefore, break the shackles of laziness, sleep early, and wake up on time everyday.

Make Exercising Fun
Do you dread the idea of getting up early and going for that early morning jog or to a sweaty gym? If yes, then it is better to not opt for them. You can choose to put on some energetic music and get into a high energy aerobic-cum-callisthenic workout instead. Always prefer to do those things that you love doing so that you are highly motivated to do them regularly. Let your workout sessions be all fun, pumped up, and unconventional.

Make it Convenient
If you are planning to join the gym or do yoga or aerobics, keep in mind the convenience factor. Choose a center that is close to your office or home, because it will increase the chances of you going regularly and bunking less.

Be Realistic
It is indeed extremely essential to set ‘realistic’ goals. Set obtainable and measurable goals that can be easily achieved, but at the same time they should be challenging enough to keep you at it. While trying to achieve really quick and fast results, you end up doing more harm to your body than any good. After all, a bunch of small wins will turn into attaining that bigger goal.

Try Some Brainwashing
We have all heard this statement very often that ‘you are what you think you are’. It is very true, because you turn out to be the way you picturize yourself. Therefore, it is enormously important to have a positive frame of mind while exercising. You need to keep reminding yourself about the wonderful benefits (healthy and glowing skin) that you will obtain at the end of the workout. Put up little stickers, which will explain the benefits of exercising and posters of people whom you idolize. Read success stories, get fitness magazines, and check out the Internet for the latest fitness equipment or workout.

Try Out Something New
One of the most demotivating factors is doing the same workout over and over again. So, spice it up by trying out something that you have never done before, like take lessons in salsa, tap dancing, samba, or take up tennis. Do anything that will break you out in a sweat and which is fun at the same time.

Make it Challenging
Most of us like the challenge of competing and winning. Well, it gives the kind of rush that cannot be described in words. There is nothing like getting together with a bunch of friends on the field, court, or the gym and indulging in some fun competition. To give it that extra edge, you can devise some fun prizes for the winners.

Bask in your Success
With every milestone that you achieve in your fitness goals, reward yourself. No, not with a candy or chocolate that will just get you back to square one, but instead with a short trip somewhere or a new outfit or haircut. These little rewards give you the much-needed boost that you will require very often while exercising.