Staying Motivated

In my previous blog I talked about stretching exercises that are beneficial to the longevity of your golf enjoyment.  If we can stay healthy and pain free, obviously golf should be more enjoyable.  The next few entries will include different exercises to assist in strength training, focusing on the upper body, core, and lower body. 

Training programs are wonderful, however, if you are like most people, how do you stay motivated to continue with the program?  It’s easy in the beginning, but what do you do a couple months into the program when it starts to become boring and repetitive?  

One solution is to get into a class, so it will become more of a social atmosphere.  Fitness centers will always have aerobics, swimming, yoga, and plenty of other activities to keep your body active.  When you look forward to seeing some people to work out with, it should be more enjoyable.  If a class is not for you, I highly recommend finding a friend to work out with.  On the days when you are not motivated, hopefully your partner can motivate you.

 Another option is to change your workout routine.  Going through the same, repetitive program will get boring.  Change your routine regularly.  Focus on different areas on different days.  That should help make each day of exercise not so repetitive. Remember, I have only highlighted a few exercises.  Check with a trainer to develop a more intense plan.  Remember to switch your routine so it is not so repetitive.

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    • Ledley King on March 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm
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    Keller , a quality topic with quality suggestions.
    The first thing that comes into mind related to motivation (when I read the article title and before I started to delve) was the social factor – apparently sharing goals with others, and also socializing while doing so boosts emotional and social resilience which makes routines and habits more enjoyable and easier.
    You also mentioned switching up the routine, which to me is a gold mine. The spice of life is variety and novelty, so switching it up so things aren’t the same is a good way to get the brain to be enticed and relish more the things you’re doing.

    Other things that are fine is doing your program at the right time of day for you (usually this is whenever your schedule permits, but if you can, doing it at a time that takes advantage of your interest and enthusiasm will only reinforce and assist the task/habit).

    Also things like new music, or accessories, venues, etc are little kinks the brain can enjoy and relish.

    It could also be related to mindset – your program is for you, about you, and there for you to enjoy (it’s a choice and a fun thing, you can exercise at anything you wish – biking, swimming, weight lifting, running, jogging, walking, playing basketball, pilates, yoga, etc) – finding the exercise that you enjoy most and also reinforces those aspects of your golf game you want to highlight is really important.

    Lastly this was posted earlier but new study came out related to exercise outdoors (those who exercised out doors 5 times a week outside verse 5 times inside tended to go 30 minutes longer throughout the week). The opportunity to perform exercise outside in Nature reduces cortisol and seems to be more enjoyable. One last thing too, but nothing like videos and media to keep the flame lit and to have your passion ever-flowing.

    Have fun with it! ☺

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