One of the single biggest reasons people give up on an exercise routine is lack of motivation! And, one of the biggest motivations for people is peer pressure – it really can be a good thing. What sounds like more fun – running by yourself or running with your best buds? How about recognition? If you just did your best mile, wouldn’t like to share it with the world? Of course, and if your friends came back and said “great job”, wouldn’t that make you want to do it again? Uh, yes!!
Here are my favorite resources for creating your workout support circle:
If you walk, run or workout, keeping track of what you have accomplished is so important! Today’s technology makes it so easy to track your activity and then share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and such.
Nike+ Sensor – the Nike+ Sensor is the least expensive tool on the market for keeping track of your walking or running. It attaches to your shoe and is activated through any iPod device. Your pace, time, and distance are stored and then logged on NikePlus.com. One of my friends scoffed at her husband when he got her the Nike+ sensor for her birthday, but went ahead and used it none the less. A year later she was really blown away to realize that she had run more than 1000 miles – and that Nike+ had captured everything for her. How empowering!
BodyMedia FIT tracks the calories burned from all your activities and monitors the quality of your sleep. BodyMedia FIT is an armband sensor that you wear 24 hours a day and the program consists of an Armband monitor, online Activity Manager, and optional Display. It automatically tracks the calories burned during your daily activities — from pumping iron to using an iron — and monitors the quality of your sleep, and allows you to track your intake using an interactive food log.
FIND A BUDDY
I hate to workout by myself. I just can’t do it. But give me a friend and I am ready to go! One of my biggest challenges this fall has been finding friends who can workout when I can. If you are looking to run or walk, check out the site called SeeMommyRun.com – it connects you with others in your area based on the type of training you want to do and your schedule.
Tap into your social networks, too. Ask your friends on Facebook, send out an email to all your friends, and get your own group started. Chances are you have friends in your circle who have similar goals and just need a little nudge to get started, too.
HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
There are so many online resources now that let you track your progress and help you stay motivated. My favorites include:
- NikePlus.com since all my walking/running data is automatically sent there. I love the graphs and the visual indicators as to how I have done.
- At Traineo.com you can get weight loss help and support from over 200,000 members!
- I love DailyMile.com as well. Some of my online friends have created challenges that I have joined into, which just gives me a little more motivation to stick with it!
How do you stay motivated to keep training? Please share your tips in the comments!