Q: How do you stay motivated and what do you suggest I do to keep up my motivation for exercise and proper diet? I want to keep it healthy in 2011!
A: Physical Fitness and proper nutrition boil down to more than the ability to exercise and eat right. The most important component that is often over looked is the MENTAL strength and stamina required to maintain the motivation to continue exercising day after day and to eat right.
I often lecture on how to build mental strength; the first step in developing it is acknowledging your need for it, and then seeking to achieve it. This is why I advocate taking small steps when embarking on any new life change. It will help you build the physical AND mental strength to reorganize your life, and consistently challenge yourself daily.
Mind over Body- your BODY WILL OBEY any command your MIND gives it. Try it now- tell yourself to lift your left arm above your head. You get the idea. If you fail to keep up with your workouts or proper eating, it is because you need to strengthen your MIND to develop the discipline and motivation to be consistent!
To help myself stay on track – I find taking photos of my body gives me the mental push I need to stay motivated. One of two things always happens when I see pictures of myself: I either get disappointed and hit the gym to fix the problems I see OR I get happy and get motivated to push on to maintain the results I see!
You can check out my blog for more extensive readings on this topic: www.BeckysFItnessBlog.com.