Improve Your Physical Condition

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Keeping Fit

Being Fit and Healthy

Your physical condition is the state of health you get from the workouts you do and the food with which you fuel your body. Everybody wants to be as healthy as they can, so here are some great health and fitness pointers to use next time you work out at the gym or at home. Following these will also help motivate you to exercise.

Correct Form

When working out, make certain to take your time to workout correctly as well as concentrating properly (no texting!). It is better to do an exercise fewer times but do it correctly, rather than wind up hurting yourself. As you develop better form, you will be able to do more of that type of exercise or do it faster.

Set Your Goals

A goal is a great motivator to have when trying to get fit. And you can change your goals as you get fitter. After reaching one goal, set another, higher goal, so you can keep moving towards life-long fitness.

Listen!

When working out, listen to your body. A little muscular tissue pain is to be expected, especially if you have started a new sort of exercise. But constant discomfort is a different matter altogether and if you experience chest pain or breathlessness, STOP and consult your doctor immediately.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that you have done too much and that you may end up hurting yourself, possibly seriously. Listen to your body. This is not to say you should give up exercise, just to take it easy at first when starting out or returning to exercise after a break. Your motivation here is gradually to build up a good habit, NOT to kill yourself by being a weekend warrior (that is someone who does NO exercise during the week, then overdoes it at the weekend).

Buddy Power

To stay motivated with your physical fitness strategy, try working out with a friend. This can go a long way towards keeping you fully committed to your health. Joining a walking group or a gym with a friend is a great way to keep yourself going.

Keep Moving

To keep yourself moving towards a new goal, especially one that involves repetitions, or keeping moving for a particular length of time, try counting backwards. This will help you achieve more repetitions or keep going for those extra few seconds because you will know that you only have a few more reps or seconds to go. And that will help you squeeze out those last few reps or last bit of effort.

Goals and Motivation

A goal is a good motivator. Fitness is a life-time objective not just a short term one.

Motivation

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What is motivation?

Motivation is being able to set and achieve goals in some area of your life. Some goals can be their own rewards, for instance, getting an Olympic gold medal, however, the amount of work that is needed to achieve that kind of goal is often more than many of us are prepared to put into one area of our lives.

While most of us will never achieve an Olympic gold medal, we CAN use the same techniques to build our own motivation to achieve the goals WE want to reach. These goals may be in study, housework, exercise, diet, healthy eating or anything else but the same techniques can be used to help YOU achieve YOUR goals.

Write it Down
Whatever your goal, write it down,

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Think it, then write it

and your reasons for doing it. Having this information written down will remind you of what you really want when you start to lose motivation. It is a great form of inspiration. Research has shown that those who write down their goal(s) and keep them near (in your wallet, posted on the wall, in a book you look at often) are more likely to achieve them. You can even create a VISION BOOK or a VISION CHART for yourself, to help you reach your goal.

Keep it Simple
If you are trying to improve some of your weaknesses, try setting some simple attainable goals first. You may start out feeling negative toward your goal and it will help you a great deal to get the motivation to keep going if you meet the goals. So get some baby steps you can focus on, instead of the big goal.

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One step at a time

Break down large goals into manageable steps. Many times our goals are lofty, which is a good thing. However large goals can seem unattainable, causing you to become daunted and lose motivation. Before you start any large project or goal, break it down into smaller steps. Get as detailed as you can. Soon you will be well on your way to success.

A great tip that can help you with motivation is to not put all your eggs in one basket. If all you do is obsess about your progress, you’ll become impatient and you might lose motivation. Try focusing on many different things and not just your goal.

Help Yourself Stay Happy
Keeping a healthy diet will greatly influence the quality of your life. A diet consisting of plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, seeds and nuts will elevate serotonin levels which aids in reducing depression and increasing motivation. Conversely, diets low in complex carbohydrates can lower your serotonin levels.

Get Help

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Working together helps everyone reach the top.

It can be difficult to succeed on your own and other people can sometimes give you motivation and advice that you can’t give yourself. So, in order to achieve your life goals, make sure you enlist the support of others but make sure they are TRUSTED others.

Take Stock
Remember that we are often unmotivated when we are doing things we feel are not worth our time. Take stock of what you spend your time on, and determine if this is truly necessary for the other parts of your life. We have a limited amount of time on this planet, so be sure to spend it wisely.

Enjoy Yourself
When you are trying to improve a new skill, start a new diet, or even a new course, it is important to try and make it something you enjoy. If you are constantly dreading the new part of your life, you will quickly lose motivation and find ways to give yourself excuses. There is no point is trying to achieve something in an area you dislike. If you enjoy it, motivation will come much more easily.

Read on
Read on for more tips and links to gaining motivation in an area YOU are interested in.

Motivation Charts

You can create a motivation chart to help you keep track of what YOU want to accomplish. By placing it somewhere that you will see it every day and by rewarding yourself for doing your tasks, you can take those important small steps to achieving YOUR goals. You can download a FREE Motivation Chart for helping you keep track of your steps to achievement [sellme pid=”7″]