Personal trainers, websites, and friends can give you great feedback on how to work out to reach your own specific goal, whether it is to gain muscle or simply lose weight. However, at the end of the day, your progress is determined by yourself. Though this is rather cliché, this is, to a major extent, a truth.
I will admit, in the beginning, it will not seem like much is changing. Over the course of the first few weeks, you may not see any significant visible improvement, but do not let this discourage you. Exercise and personal fitness is as much about the journey as it is about the end goal. By setting out to improve yourself physically, you may find that you are also improving your character! Always stay focused, positive, and determined, and you will achieve what you set out to accomplish. Here are a few ways to stay motivated:
- Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
By setting realistic goals for yourself– like being able to run a mile in 10 minutes or eating healthy 6 of 7 days– you can work towards something attainable. This way you won’t lose focus.
2. Reward Yourself
When you reach certain milestones towards your goals, be sure to treat yourself either to a cheat meal or something you really enjoy. By reinforcing your progress, you make being healthy fun!
3. Keep Track of Your Progress
Write down in a journal what you’re eating or how much you’re exercising so that you can keep yourself accountable. We do not recommend counting calories but rather just writing down the names of foods and exercises. Counting calories will not last in the long run. Instead, make sure that you are healthy long term and not just for appearance purposes!
~Written by James Wu and Ruby Liu