Kickstart an Active Lifestyle {Motivation Monday}

It's Motivation Monday so brag on yourself! What kept you active this weekend? Running in a 5K? Chasing the kids at the State Fair? Leave a comment, we want to hear from you!

For many people, the hardest part of living an active lifestyle is getting started. For most, once they start, they find it hard to maintain after the first few weeks. Taking some simple steps will help keep you on track towards the active lifestyle you strive for.

1. Set goals – If you don’t have a plan, your training will lack focus. Tell someone else what your goals are.

2. Find an Activity Buddy – having a workout partner will help keep you accountable on those days you don’t feel like exercising.

3. Set Priorities – People who are active don’t simply have more time to exercise, they MAKE time. Figure out what you can get rid of during your day to make time for activity.

4. Sign up for a race – Entering a local race is a great way to gain some extra motivation as well as break up the monotony of training “just for exercise”. Visit a local bike/run shop to see what events are coming up. There are many 8 and 12 week training programs you can find online to get you to the finish line of you first 5k.

5. Relish the small victories – Even if the results are coming slower than you wished, try to see the positive side. If you only lose 5 pounds the first month, when you wanted to lose 10, you are still 5 pounds lighter than when you started. On top of that, there are LOTS of positive internal changes that your body is making that you may never notice.

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie