10 TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO RIDE15 September, 2014 0 comments
10 Tips To Help You Stay Motivated To Ride
All of us lose motivation at some time or another. It's a perfectly normal, perfectly human thing to do. But lacking motivation for a sustained period of time isn't good or healthy, and you can find yourself in a rut. The tips in this article with ensure you stay on your bike and on track.
- Set Goals. Biking To Live suggests setting goals and telling others about them so that they have some accountability. An excellent way to set goals and succeed is by using the SMART criteria. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. You have a high chance of success if you employ the use of SMART as you'll know exactly what needs to be achieved. The biking blog Life And Bikes says goals are a tricky thing. They're born well intentioned and nurtured by enthusiasm, but often die a quick. quiet death at the hands of neglect. Stacey Fowler, a personal trainer and life coach recommends you set realistic goals that include clear milestones, and, as you progress towards your goal, you'll find a ripple effect occurs and things fall into place, at work and at home.
- Sign Up To Ride For Charity This ought to motivate you like nothing else can! Not only will you be raising money for your chosen charity, making a real difference to lives and helping to raise awareness, but you will also be getting healthier and happier.
- Keep Some Small Clothes. If you are cycling with the goal to lose weight and tone up, then it's an excellent idea to keep some clothes which you want to fit into again one day. Another good motivator is to hang the jeans or skirt that you would like to fit into again on the outside of your wardrobe. This will make it one of the first things that you see when you wake up, and there's nothing quite like a visual reminder to help us get up, get ready and get active.
- Change Your Perspective. Julie Kalius from Life Gaiam recommends that you shift your thinking from coach potato mentality to thinking like an athlete. It's also a good idea to view exercise as a way to set an effective, strong example for your kids. About Health advise looking at exercise as a tool for getting what you want. Exercisers know that working out isn't just for weight loss, but a tool they can use to find balance, more time for the things they enjoy and a way to keep up with life with fewer injuries, illnesses and other things that keep them from functioning at their best.
- Schedule A Regular Workout Time. Sometime on a Sunday, make the time to sit down and write up your biking schedule for the coming week. Use technology to your advantage and set reminders so you stay on track. You might even find that you start to look forward to your daily workout and begin to enjoy the burn. Don't worry if it takes a few weeks to get into a routine, this is natural. Just remember to give yourself a pat on the back whenever you do manage to make it outside with your bike.
- Make Cycling Fun. Vary the routes that you take to keep you on your toes. Choose routes with hills so you have that tough challenge of climbing, then the glorious feeling of accomplishment and child-like freedom when you race down the other side. That feeling of freewheeling down a hill is unbeatable. Blisstree suggests planning destinations. Plan a long bike ride to a beach that you don’t usually get to, or a cool neighbourhood you’ve been meaning to explore. Or, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, load your bike onto a train or bus and get out of town for a ride in the country. You’ll look forward to it just as much as any other weekend trip, and enjoy it even more.
- Keep An Exercise Diary. To keep an exercise diary all you have to do is record what exercise you did, how long you exercised for and how you felt before and after your workout. This written documentation may well help you to stay motivated. It's also enlightening to go through the diary when you've filled up many pages, and see how you've progressed over time. You can always make your diary more engaging by adding thoughts and ideas about cycling. You might even find that the diary inspires you to start writing more about you and your bike. You might even be inspired to start a blog, who knows!
- Reward Yourself. There's nothing better than having something to look forward to after a hard workout. A delicious smoothie is an excellent reward. Buy some of your favourite fruits and yoghurt and prepare a smoothie before you go out on your bike so that it's there for your return. If you like to idea of a bigger reward for all of your hard work, perhaps you can treat yourself to a new pair or trainers if you manage to hit your monthly exercise objectives, or a full-body massage.
- Find A Friend. Selene Yeager writing for Bicyling.com says if none of your friends ride, it's easy enough to find some who do. Head to your local bike shop and ask around. Start going to organised group rides. Join a local bike club. Once you hook into the cycling circle in your area, you'll find plenty of like-minded people to ride with. Of course, being on www.cyclingbuddy.com means that you already have a head start.
- Get A Coach. Active.com recommend getting a coach to ensure that you stay motivated to ride. Having a third party set you a training plan gives a structure to your training regime. A good coach should make a plan specific to you, your time commitments, your ability and your goals. There's also nothing like having to report in to someone regularly to keep you focused and get you on the bike when you don't feel like it.