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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Get motivated!

What's your training motivation?

We all have different reasons that we get into the gym and also watch what we eat.

For me, knowing I will have a figure competition coming up motivates me. But maybe you have a vacation coming up, and you want to look good in your bathing suit. Or perhaps you need to lose weight for health issues like lowering your cholesterol. Whatever your motivation is, don't lose sight of it. That's the key.

As a trainer, I have seen a lot of people who are really motivated when they begin their programs, but at some point their motivation wanes. To repeat: The key to staying with a program -- and achieving your fitness goals -- is to not lose your motivation. I know, you're probably thinking, "Duh, but how do you do that?"

First, keep in mind the emotions you felt when you decided to begin your program. If your goal is to drop a few dress or pant sizes, then remember how you felt when you looked in the mirror and decided to start working out. When find yourself lacking the desire to workout, just revisit all of those feelings. This should help a lot.

Also, you may want to write your goal on a piece of paper in huge letters, and post it to the fridge. This way when you are about to eat something that you shouldn't, your goal will be staring you in the face.

These things should help you stay on track.

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