One of the things that the Marines are known for are their emphasis on physical fitness. However, there are times when even the most ardent physical fitness buff grows tired of the same workout routine and needs some extra motivation to achieve his/her goals. For active duty personnel that motivation comes in the form of a DI, but for military persons who are on no longer on activity duty, finding the motivation can difficult. At eMarine PX, where we have Marine Corps items for sale, we believe that exercise is a vital component to living a long, productive life and is fundamental to accomplishing many of life’s goals in and out of the Corps. For that reason, we wish to offer the following tips for how to motivate your workouts.
Become an Early Bird: Anyone who has ever served is quite familiar with waking up early to start the day. Waking up early to begin your exercise routine can energize you for the entire day.
Run in a group: Again, those who have served in the military know that exercise, as a social activity can be invigorating. Having comrades there to spur you on can give you that extra dose of adrenaline you need. Try running, hiking, climbing, etc. with others in order to stay inspired.
Dress the Part: A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests that workout clothing can actually motivate people to workout more. What could be more motivating than USMC hoodies, sweats or other Marine branded items?
Take a Break: The body needs time after intense workouts to refuel itself and to repair tissues. Moreover, working out to the point of exhaustion actually increases your chance of injury.
Change up your routine: Add new exercises; create small challenges for yourself, etc. in order to help regain your mojo.
Use technology: Apps like Zombie and Run, as well as technologies such as Fitbit and Moov Now, are designed to give you actionable intelligence on your state of health, etc. Meeting certain metrics that you’ve set for yourself can be quite inspiring.
Finally, it may be tempting to slack off every now and then but doing so often will only slow down your progress and prevent you from becoming the best you can be. Be safe, productive and proud as you workout this spring.
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