Sign up for an up coming 5km, 10km event or even a half-marathon. I find working towards a tangible event makes me get off my couch and go outside to train. I have been training for an upcoming half-marathon (my first) and I am really doing well. I can now do 8.5km 4 days/week pain free!
look for upcoming races/events in your area - usually you can pre-plan 6-8 months prior to the event if it is a yearly event.
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Take time to review your medium- and short-range goals. Keep them fresh and exciting. If you're close to a goal weight, or you're tired of focusing on the scale, set an unusual or challenging fitness goal -- train for a 5K race, take up a new sport or activity (spinning, archery, bowling, skating), or see how many push ups you can do after a month of practice. Keep your non-food rewards interesting and relevant to the season and your current interests. Challenge yourself and reward yourself!
Set goals. One of the secrets to being successful in a lifestyle change is to set goals. Set a long term goal first this is the ultimate goal. Then set several intermediate goals. These will be easier to reach thus helping you feel successful along the way. Then add a dose of perseverance.
Short term goals are much easier to achieve. Each successive goal brings you closer to your ultimate goal.
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