Odds are that you’re one of the 66% of Americans who made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit. We are months into the New Year and for most, this is the time that those resolutions being to fade away. There’s an inner voice telling you it’s okay to skip the gym, give in to that tempting dessert, or just give up entirely. According to a recent online study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Bodybuilding.com, by now nearly 50% of people have given up their resolutions and a total of 73% of people will give up prior to reaching their goal. The Miriam-Webster online dictionary defines willpower as the ability to control yourself: a strong determination that allows you to do something difficult.
Willpower is a finite resource and draws from the same resource pool as self-regulation. That is to say, decisions you make throughout the day-big or small-gradually chip away at your self control. By the end of the day it’s natural to find the couch more mesmerizing than a set of dumbbells.
Use these five strategies to redirect your focus on the things that matter most:
* Find the right workout schedule – Does it feel stressful to squeeze in a workout? If so, take a hard look at your schedule and find that sweet spot to avoid conflicts.
* Match your workout and nutrition with your current goals – Most people will agree that any exercise is better than none at all. However, you ideally want a workout and nutrition program, which drive you to your goals.
* Hire a trainer – This could be one of the best investments you make for yourself. They help make realistic goals and keep you motivated.
* Remember to reward yourself – We are all hardwired to look for positive payouts. Work hard and get rewarded.
* If all else fails, reevaluate your goals – In the end it comes down to your goals. Is it realistic or concrete? An unattainable goal can cause you to quit. Instead make micro-changes to what you already do.
Few people can be 100% committed, 100% of the time. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip. Remember that a setback is only a setback; don’t let it derail you completely.
– Submitted by Allison Kim, bodybuilding.com.