Did you know that new exercisers are likely to quit within their first 3 – 6 months, even with the help of a personal trainer!?
How do you stay motivated when it comes to working out and eating healthy?
I read (blogs, fitness magazines, etc), create at-home workouts, and know that I feel better when I take care of my body!
How do you hold yourself accountable? I have found challenges, workout buddies, and teaching classes (can’t not show up if you are the instructor!) help to hold me accountable.
How do you know if you are doing enough or improving?
I tend to base this off how I feel before, during, and after workouts. I try to beat previous workouts, whether it be doing a similar workout in a shorter amount of time, running a bit further than last time, or increasing my weights or reps.
One great way to do all three of these things: stay motivated, hold yourself accountable, AND track your progress is to write things down!
Writing things down allows you to visually look back at what you have done and evaluate if you are improving, slacking off, or staying on the same schedule for too long. When you write things down you also make more of a mental and emotional commitment to get it done… how boring would your tracking sheet look with just one or two days filled out!?
Check out what Jillian Michaels has to say in one of her articles in Glamour: 3 Reasons You Should Write Down Your Weight-Loss Goals.
Do you write things down? Do you track your progress in some other way (an app, excel sheet, personal trainer)?
If not, how come and do you think it would benefit you if you did?