When it comes to increasing activity points, you may feel that motivation and excitement will get you where you want to go. But after the first week, maybe not so much. Here are five tips to keep you motivated and increasing activity points in no time.
1. Connect With Your Why
The first step in any diet and exercise regimen is to understand your “why.” Why do you deserve to make time for exercise? I say “deserve” because exercise is a gift. A gift to your health, body, mind, and spirit. Be sincere with yourself and address those deep needs and desires.
2. Start with Ten Minutes
Find one activity that you enjoy and devote ten minutes of your day to it. That’s it, just ten minutes. Since the hardest component of working out is getting to the gym or taking the first step out the door, this one small task will have a ripple effect. As soon as you’re ten minutes into the workout, you probably will not mind the next ten or twenty or fifty minutes.
3. Dial a Friend
People who have exercise pals have the tendency to not only exercise more routinely, but they also have more fun doing it. Go for a walk with your best friend and catch up on the day. I love working out with my husband. He’s a trooper! He’ll often go to Yoga or Body Works class with me.
4. Immediately Reward Yourself
I reward myself with a trip to the sauna right after a workout. It’s hot in there and sweat flows (gross right?) from all my pores. I just sit for 10 minutes and catch up on Facebook or meditate. It’s so relaxing and a great reward after I workout.
5. Be Prepared
So much of being healthy and fit is just being prepared. Are you putting out your workout clothes and shoes so you can grab and go? Believe me; it’s hard to walk past your workout clothes without feeling bad about skipping the gym.
Some people use devices like a Fit Bit or Apple Watch. These tools can help motivate you to move a little more and stretch yourself further than before. Just like anything, in the right healthy atmosphere, with the right strategies and tools, you’re more likely to see the success you want!
All of us have healthy and also not-so-healthy days. The key is to keep working at increasing your activity points. Not only do they offset bad smart point days, but they can also mean faster weight loss and a sleeker physique.