You want to walk, but how do you get yourself out the door or onto a treadmill? Deciding to start a new exercise or walking routine is the easy part. Sticking with it day after day when things get tough can be a bit more challenging. However, if you have the right strategies you CAN stick to it. Below I’d like to share 6 ways to stay motivated to walk every day.
Set a Goal and Then Talk About It
If you set a goal but don’t bother to tell anyone, then it’s easy to just forget about it and not bother. However, if you set a goal and then tell your family and friends, they’ll be more likely to hold you accountable. So if you decide to up your daily steps to 15,000, let people know. The worst they can do is make you keep your promise.
Sign Up for an Event
One of the most challenging decisions I ever made was to sign up for the Chicago Marathon. However, it was also one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life. You will most likely find accountability partners in your decision to join a walking or running event. Plus, you will have no choice but to train for the event.
Count Your Steps
Wearing a pedometer or fitness band can help motivate you to walk every day. You can wear a device or start paying attention to the steps recorded by the pedometer app on your smartphone. The fitness blog Healthline recommends around 10,000 steps per day.
Find a Training Partner
There will always be days when you just don’t feel like exercising, but one great way to combat this is to have a dedicated training partner who will hold you accountable. In addition to getting you out the door, training partners also make walking more fun. This could be a friend, family member, or even your dog.
Reward Yourself for Reaching Milestones
No, not with a doughnut or some other unhealthy food. Think about your goals and what will support them. Maybe it’s a new pair of shoes or walking clothes. Or a hot bath to soak in and relax after a long walk. Find something enjoyable (and good for you) and then indulge. You deserve it.
Seek New Routes
Walking the same path over and over can get boring. Spice things up! A good way to stay motivated and keep things fun and interesting is to use your walks to explore new areas. I never knew my neighborhood had a playground until I explored it in a new direction. Soon your walks will feel like an adventure rather than a chore.