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Tips to Help You Stay Motivated

By Sara Butler

Fitness is a journey. You don't go from couch potato to athlete overnight. No, you first have to set goals and then work toward them. Plan meals and work on meal prep. Set a workout schedule and make it happen. Inevitably, you'll fall off track and in those times it's essential to stay motivated. Here are some tips and tricks that can help even if you fall off the fitness wagon.

Identify Your Motivation

When you're working on achieving a big goal you have to accept that failure is going to be a part of your journey. That's why what you choose to keep you motivated must go beyond how you'll look next swimsuit season or whether or not your favorite pair of jeans fit.

Forget about the surface benefits of getting healthy and focus instead on your overall health and wellness. Think about how they are impacting your life overall, how they're impacting your family, and how it will benefit you in the years to come. This will help to keep you motivated in the long run and is powerful enough to push you through the tough spots.

Define Both Long- and Short-Term Goals

You may have a large goal you're working toward but you need smaller goals along the way to help when you are feeling discouraged. The key with small goals is to make them attainable to serve as milestones in your journey. That way they can keep you motivated and even work to energize you along the way. In the end, your journey will be more rewarding and the setbacks won't feel as overwhelming.

Plan to Fail

OK, maybe not fail, but definitely mess up. You're human and that means you're going to mess up sometimes no matter how determined you are. Remember, your failures can be things that are out of your control such as an injury that sidelines you or they could be choices you make such as skipping your workouts. You must remember that everyone messes up sometimes and you will have to find the strength to get back on the wagon after these mess-ups happen.

Planning this way will help you take the inevitable setbacks in stride and not let them derail you completely. If you need help, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sandy, Utah.

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