Set a goal. I use marathons (half marathons, 5 or 10 k's) to motivate me to exercise. The goal is not to "win," but to DO IT. I just finished the LA Marathon on March 21st. 7 hours, 1 minute and 23 seconds! 7 hours of steady 16-minute miles. And you get a t-shirt! Start training early!
Once you pay the entry fee, it is throwing money away to abandon the goal. Once you get out there and begin to see results, you simply do not want to quit! Get others on board. Do it with friends and colleagues. Do it for a charity. Just DO IT! It is so much fun, challenging and satisfying.
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By having small goals along the way you keep yourself motivated and inspired and that final goal doesn't seem that far away after all
If my run isn't going so well I will change my route so I'm making more turns or direction changes. That way I'm not discouraged by distance. I run "just to the corner" then "just to what ever landmark" I see. Soon enough my run is done and I did the full time I set out to do.
I found out that I really needed a goal in order to add Strength training to my routine. I set a goal of being able to do a real pushup and then I made a plan to reach that goal. I found having a goal to reach for really made it easier for me to add ST.320
By working on my push-up goal I have been able to increase the number of modified push-ups from not even 1 good one to 10 good modified push-ups. It may be months before I can finally do a real one but I am motivated by my progress.
Put your goals in writing in a planner or a piece of paper in a place where you can see it everyday. Having your goals in front of you in black and white helps you become accountable to *yourself* on so many levels. You're less likely to lose physical sight of your goals (compared to keeping them on the computer or on your phone)
Get creative! It can be in a planner, on a blank paper, or you can add some pictures or magazine clippings to make it more personalized!
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