One way can be to develop a consequence for fauling to perform the desired task. You may make a deal with a loved one that, if you don't complete x number of workouts each week, there is some consequence such as giving that person $50. Your kids surely will love to be involved in this one!
Another way to create urgency is simply to schedule the workout or shopping trip like you would any other important appointment. Just seeing it in writing or having it alarm as an appointment on your phone can be enough to make the necessity of the task real and urgent.
Finally, you can keep a short list of "reasons why" at hand. When we are pressed for time, the workout just doesn't seem as important anymore, and the tendency is to think that it can be put off until later. However, we all know that later never comes. Have the top three reasons why you want to get in shape, and keep it in a place where you can see it when you are faced with the temptation to blow off your workout. Remembering the reasons why can be a powerful motivator.
My reasons why are:
- I want to be able to continue doing gymnastics, which I cannot do if I am not in shape.
- My autoimmune disease is much better managed when I stay active, and
- My mental health is much better when I stay active. I don't want to give up these benefits, so keeping these reasons paramount in my mind is crucial when I just don't feel like working out.
Once you're able to string a few weeks together of fitting in your workouts and grocery shopping trips, you'll find it starts becoming a habit and it doesn't feel so hard anymore. In the meantime, execute these three strategies and you'll find yourself finally following through with your health and fitness goals. Once you make exercise a must, nothing will be able to stop you!
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