These four tips should motivate any sedentary person to get active

By Ea Francisco |Photo by bruce mars/Unsplash

It’s no surprise that a healthy lifestyle has transcended its trend status. You probably have at least one friend who’s into fitness. And it’s not going to stop there. Soon, you’ll have more friends doing it, too. Eventually, the number of people is going to make you curious to try it, but what do you do when you’re so used to the idea of being a couch potato? Aside from reading the latest research that increasing inactivity could damage health in two weeks, I’ve asked my friends how they did it, and it can all be summed up to these four points.

 

Set up Small Attainable Goals

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The biggest hindrance to your lifestyle change is your mindset. Some people look at their goals and think it’s too hard and unachievable, and this ends up discouraging them altogether. While it’s good to be ambitious, you have to remember to start small. Before you can do amazing stuff like CrossFit and parkour, you have to set small goals to get there. It’s as simple as being able to do an extra five push-ups every week or going an extra mile in the run. These might seem insignificant, but it makes a difference. You’d be surprised to find out it gets easier to keep going after the first month.

 

Bullet Journal

One trend that’s been circulating for a while now is the idea of a bullet journal. It’s basically a customizable and organized journal made for just about anything. While it can be used for everyday tasks, it’s also used as a means to maintain discipline and monitor performance. You can use it to organize your meal plan, monitor your weight loss, or even write down motivational words to help you keep going. Having things written down can help you maintain consistency rather than just telling yourself you’re going to do something.

 

Fitness Friends

Doing things are more fun when you have friends to share it with. Talking with friends about their exercises helps get you more pumped for your own routine. It’s not simply to compare fitness progress, but sharing experiences reassures you that you’re not alone in the struggle. It also helps to get tips and advice regarding your workout and habits.

 

Self-Satisfaction

The first time you try exercising might make you feel weak and maybe even pathetic but when you start seeing results, you’ll feel a lot better about it. It’s not just about seeing yourself thinner or more muscular, but the feeling of being active and energetic. There’s an unexplainable fulfillment to doing something you previously couldn’t.