Motivation, motivation |

Motivation, motivation

Steve Wells
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photo Competitors exercise during Week 4 of the Greatest Loser Contest put on by New

It’s Week 3 of the Greatest Loser Competition, and the contestants are working hard and seeing the results. This week we will find out how the contestants stay motivated to stick with their fitness program. We will also see how one of last year’s contestants is doing today. And, we’ll get some tips from NCFF Personal Trainer, Claudia Craig, about ways to stay motivated.

Finding the motivation to stay with a fitness program is a worthwhile challenge. Some people quit fitness programs because they are bored, not seeing results, or just don’t make the time to exercise.

Take a deep breath, step back, identify your motivation and move forward.

Team City Market contestant Debbie Rondy says, “Working out with my teammates is motivating because we cheer each other on. The trainers also help motivate us because they are always there to help. The trainers continually offer suggestions for different ways to workout and share ideas on nutrition.”

If the benefits of exercise are not enough to motivate you, then create goals that are personal to you. Team City Market captain Claudia Craig says, “Take a minute to jot down some important reasons to workout and post them on your refrigerator. Think teamwork and recruit the support of family, friends, and significant others. Find an exercise buddy or hire a personal trainer. It’s helpful to have someone to hold you accountable for your scheduled exercise sessions. Write your appointments in your date book and stick to them,” Craig adds.

Last year’s contestant, Renee Calderon of the Post Independent, spent some time informing us about her progress. When asked about the challenges she has had continuing with an exercise program, Renee commented, “Time management, fitting everything into my day/schedule. I try to overcome it by focusing on the big picture and understanding the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.”

Renee’s motivation continues to be, “My son, family, friends, co-workers, and the awesome staff at New Castle Family Fitness.”

Claudia Craig’s Fitness Tip: “Perseverance pays off. The long term results are worth the effort.”

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