10 Baby Steps To Launch Your Motivation To Application!

Why do you want to exercise? Is someone urging you to do so? Do you want to do it for yourself? Make sure you are working out because you want to. Here are ten baby steps to help you on your road to a healthier life. Try them now!

Article Summary:
  • Figure out why you want to change your life, and set up your goals.
  • Design a workout program you'll like, and change it up if you don't.
  • Gain support and knowledge from like-minded people.

  • 1. Ask Yourself Why You Want To Do This

    This is an important question and it needs to be asked first. Why do you want to exercise? Is someone urging you to do so? Do you want to do it for yourself? Make sure you are working out because you want to and not because someone wants you to.

    Why Do You Want To Exercise?
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    Why Do You Want To Exercise?

    If you aren't 100% committed to working out, you will be a portion of the 50% of people who stop exercising within the first 6 months of beginning a program.

    2. Education

    Read up on fitness and exercise. Grab some magazines and soak up as much knowledge as you can. You will find tons of articles on different workouts, diets, motivational tips, staying focused, and much more. Take that information and utilize it when you are making up your workout and diet plan.

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    When you find yourself in a rut or are lacking motivation, you can pull from the things you read and get yourself back on track. It's also important to learn a little about the human body and how it works. After all, wouldn't you want to know what's going on with your body when you exercise?

    Learn how the body burns fat and what exercises work what muscles. Educating yourself about fitness will give you a greater appreciation of all the hard work you put in at the gym.

    3. Join A Gym/Buy Equipment

    Now that you have your plan in motion, it's time to figure out if you want to pay for a gym membership or build a home gym. Building a home gym makes fitting in a workout very convenient, but at the same time a lot of people blow it off because they are at home and are thinking about a million other things they need to be doing.

    Does Having A Home Gym Make You More Prone To Distraction Away From Exercise?

    Maybe But The Convenience Is Worth The Risk.
    If You've Got Stuff At Home, It's Just As Hard To Hit The Gym.
    No If You're Commited Nothing Will Distract You.

    If you decide to go with this option, start off with just the essentials such as some dumbbells, a bench, and a piece of cardio equipment. With a gym membership people see the money coming out of their account each month and feel obligated to go since they are paying for it. On the flip side, if you join a gym that is out of your way, then you might feel that you don't have enough time to drive over and still fit in everything you needed to get done during the day.

    If you decide to go with the gym membership, be sure and find a location that is convenient to you and has all the amenities that you would want it to have. Read all the fine print before signing any paperwork to understand the terms and conditions of the contract.


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    As you can see both options have their pros and cons. Figure out what you feel you would most likely stick with and go for it.

    4. Write Down Your Goals

    Figure out what you want to accomplish both short term and long term. Make sure each type of goal is obtainable and measurable. Your short term goals will lead you up to your long term goal. For instance, you could set a long term goal of losing 30 pounds in 6 months. You're short term goal could be to lose 5 pounds each month to obtain that.

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    By writing everything down you will have no excuse to get lazy. You have a document that you wrote stating your intentions and goals to achieve. If you give up, that's on you and you are only letting yourself down. When you succeed (and you will) then you simply come up with new goals and once again write them down and track your progress.

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    If you feel like taking things a step further, you can use the BodyBlog. This is where you can write about anything. If you're having a tough day keeping on track with your nutrition plan, then talk about it. Find a way to get out of a rut that helped you stay on course, write about it. You're free to talk about anything in your own BodyBlog.

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    5. Set Up A Routine And Days To Exercise

    Come up with a schedule and make sure you follow it. Schedule time to workout before or after work or even during lunch. Whatever you chose, make sure it fits into your schedule without being a huge inconvenience. If you can wake up an hour early to fit a workout in, then by all means do that.

    If you don't mind giving up a lunch break to get in a quick cardio session or weights then go for it. Simply work it into your schedule and write down the days you want to do your weight training and/or cardio and stick with it. After no time you will get into the routine of doing it and you won't even need to write it down anymore.

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    6. Pick Things You Enjoy Doing

    There are many different types of training styles and the great thing about it is that it gives you variety. If you don't like one training method, you always have another to try. And changing things up isn't always bad. It stimulates the muscles in ways that a previous workout didn't and can also help you break through a plateau.

    If the treadmill isn't your thing then go for a jog in the park or in the woods if the outdoors is your thing. Into sports? Grab your friends and play a pick-up game of basketball or football. The key is to utilize things that you enjoy that you can use to your advantage to help you get in your workouts.

    Grab Your Friends And Play Some Basketball.
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    Grab Your Friends
    And Play Some Basketball.

    7. Create A Workout

    Set up a workout program (or have a trainer do it for you) that fits your goals and what you want to achieve. Make sure you are hitting all muscle groups 1-3 times a week based on your goals. Just as important, make sure you have rest days in your routine to allow proper recovery from workouts.

    You're workouts should take no more than 60 minutes and should flow. Have fun with your workout, if you are getting tired of the same routine or program then switch it up. Talk to a trainer and let him/her know what you enjoy doing and what you are looking for and allow them to use their expertise to create a customized program just for you.

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    You can also track your workouts right on Bodybuilding.com. They have a cool workout database on their site which is very easy to use and can get you going in the right direction.

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    8. Create A Nutrition Plan

    Set up a nutrition plan. Notice how I said "nutrition plan" and not "diet". People despise the word "diet" so let's not use it here. You don't need to go all out and clean up everything about what you eat on a daily basis.

    If you simply change out a couple things at a time you will realize that it isn't so bad and that you can substitute things you eat with healthier options without craving those "bad" foods.


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    If you need some help finding healthy substitutions to things you are eating, consult with a certified nutritionist and they can help educate you on how to eat healthy and make good food choices.

    9. Keep A Workout Log

    This is one of the best things you can do when exercising. Not only is it a good way to remember what you did the workout before, but it is also motivation to look back weeks or even months earlier and see how much strength you have gained in that time frame.

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    Let's face it, with so much going on in our lives we can't remember everything. The log is a sure bet that everything is down on paper for you to review and analyze at any point. A workout log pushes you to beat weights you were using before. Not only that, but it prevents you from falling behind in your weights and using a lighter weight than you were using a previous workout. So write it down and keep on track!

    Bodybuilding.com also has something called BodySpace. This is a great interactive addition to their website where you can track your workouts, post progress pictures, follow your measurements, weight, body fat, etc.

    frozenbaugh's Workout Tracker
    Workout Name: Chest
    Workout Date: April 27, 2009
    Total Sets: 19
    Total Volume: 14985 lb
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    By: frozenbaugh

    -Nick-'s Workout Tracker
    Workout Name: New (19/04/09) Chest workout.
    Workout Date: April 27, 2009
    Total Sets: 23
    Total Volume: 21512 lb
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    By: -Nick-

    hookandhose's Workout Tracker
    Workout Name: Chest & Abs
    Workout Date: April 27, 2009
    Total Sets: 23
    Total Volume: 22790 lb
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    By: hookandhose

    10. Reward Yourself For Reaching Your Goals

    The part everyone has been waiting for (ladies, you will love this). Reward yourself! If you reach a goal, go out and buy a new workout outfit, or go out and buy something to add to your home gym - anything you could use to keep you motivated and on track.

    Reward Yourself When You Reach A Goal.
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    Reward Yourself When
    You Reach A Goal.

    You worked hard and stuck with your routine and now it's time to enjoy the moment and do something for yourself (besides changing your body and health). And most of all show off the new you! You worked too hard to keep it covered up. Show the world your accomplishments and be proud of what you have achieved.