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How to Stay Motivated to Lead a Healthy & Physically Fit Life

author image Stan Mack
Stan Mack is a business writer specializing in finance, business ethics and human resources. His work has appeared in the online editions of the "Houston Chronicle" and "USA Today," among other outlets. Mack studied philosophy and economics at the University of Memphis.
How to Stay Motivated to Lead a Healthy & Physically Fit Life
Focus on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

A healthy life has many benefits, but it’s also a challenging enterprise. For example, you might find it difficult to head out to the gym after a long day of work. If you're having trouble giving up your former bad habits, such as eating unhealthy foods, you might find it taxing to resist those urges all day long. Contact a professional for help if you've reached a point where you can no longer live a healthy life. For example, if you're having diet troubles, ask a nutritionist to help you find healthy substitutes that will satisfy your cravings.

Step 1

Set reasonable goals. If you overestimate your ability to diet or exercise, you'll be disappointed when you fail. Stay motivated by choosing goals that are achievable.

Step 2

Reward yourself periodically to keep up your spirits. A healthy diet requires portion control, so allow yourself occasionally to eat your favorite not-on-the-diet foods. This helps stave off cravings and gives you something to work toward.

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Step 3

Improve your mood and increase your energy by exercising regularly. To stay motivated to exercise, choose fun physical activities that you can look forward to.

Step 4

Invite others to join you in your new, healthy lifestyle. When you're weak, your friends and family will serve as a support system and help you maintain your motivation.

Step 5

Focus on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, such as improved health and increased fitness. Don't think about the negative aspects, such as having to abandon unhealthy but enjoyable habits.

Step 6

Keep track of your progress. Fill a calendar with a series of goals, such as losing specific amounts of weight or fitting into your old clothes by certain dates. As you achieve goals, cross them off so you can tell at a glance how well you are doing.

Step 7

Design your diet carefully so that it supplies all the nutrients you need. A balanced diet gives you energy, improves your mood, strengthens your immune system and offers many other benefits. With the right diet, you will feel satiated, which will help you stay motivated to avoid high-calorie, low-nutrition snacks.

Step 8

Join an organized sports team if your workouts are lonely. If you know others are counting on you to show up, it will be easier to exercise, even when you're not feeling motivated.

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