Spring is one of the best times to begin your fitness journey, the weather is changing, summer is approaching and you start to feel more energized. Stepping outside for a quick walk or an evening stroll makes exercise way more desirable.
While taking the initial push towards a fitter lifestyle begins. You might find it hard to keep up the healthy momentum when barbecues and lazy beach days grow close.
But by evoking certain emotions that keep your passion high, you’re more likely to stick to your spring fitness long term.
Try these easy to follow tactics to make your spring motivation last for many seasons to come:
Choose The Moves You Can do With Ease:
On days you feel less motivated to workout, stick to those exercises you know well and feel comfortable doing. Studies show that you’re more likely to stick to your fitness program if you have more confidence in your ability to do your workout easily and effectively. This is known as self-efficacy.
It makes sense. The tasks we enjoy doing the most are things we feel we’re good at. Exercise is no different.
On days you’re not up for a challenge create an easy to follow exercise program that you can do with ease. If you want minor variations increase the weight or length of time you do the exercise, but keep it simple.
Create An Amazing Playlist:
Music changes your focus from the exercise task at hand. It could even increase your running or walking pace and reduce the amount of time it takes you to recover after exercise. It’s also linked to a reduction in fatigue and discomfort while you workout.
With the powerful psychological effects that music provides, it makes it one of the best fitness motivators to keep you on track. You might even find your exercise journey becomes a daily mini escape.
If fast tempo music isn’t for you, it doesn’t really matter. Music that evokes intense emotions, sensations, or even allows you to daydream are just as effective to keep you motivated.
Create Fun Fitness Memories:
It’s human nature that we’re drawn to activities that make us feel good so it’s understandable that exercises associated with positive memories keep your motivation high.
Ask friends and loved ones to share a fun exercise experience with you. Take a hike in breathtaking surroundings, plan a canoe trip with old friends or attend a group activity where you can meet new and exciting people. Once the fun memories begin to add up, you’ll want to go back for more.
Eat Light :
You could guess that proper nutrition fuels your motivation to exercise because you feel lighter, healthier and more energized but while your gaining control of your nutrition and adding it to your fitness plan something else occurs. Your efforts to create change increase your self determination.
Exercise motivation and nutrition combined are directly linked to how in control you feel and how easily you let others affect your fitness journey. The more each component of a healthy lifestyle is fine tuned to fit your needs, the easier it will be to stay on track with your fitness goals without letting others stand in your way.
Be At One With Nature:
Life get’s busy but spring offers us the possibility of finding natural stress reducers like beautiful parks and serene woods. In fact, being at one with nature is linked to less sick days and less workplace burnout.
If your exercise routine instantly reduces your stress levels, you might feel more motivated to stick with it.
This spring try Yoga In The Park, go for a hike or find a quiet area you can breath and stretch.