Yet as good as it is for you, it can be challenging to maintain your motivation in the long run. The good news is there are a number of ways to keep yourself motivated.
The best way to stay motivated in your walking program is to leverage the power of social relationships.
Connecting with others who have similar goals is a great way to stay motivated and make new friends. Support groups and membership sites are also full of helpful information about the best walking trails, walking gear and events.
Join A Walking Club – Or Form One Yourself
Support groups can be formed around almost any common goal like walking together, getting in shape or losing weight. Nowadays it’s easy to find walking groups both offline and online. Even your employer might have a walking program of their own, so check that option too.
Find local walking clubs. You can easily find local walking clubs and walking events through American Volkssport Association. In the UK, you can find walking clubs through Rambling Clubs site. If you like the online option, check American Heart Association’s Start! Walking Now site. They have a nifty online service with activity and meal trackers and lots of professional information about living a healthy lifestyle.
Pedometer walking programs. If you own a pedometer, join a membership site like Walker Tracker, which allows tracking steps you’ve taken each day. Walker Tracker has pedometer walking programs for companies, but individuals can join too.
Walking with Attitude. Definitely visit the Australian walking site Walking With Attitude. Walking with Attitude is the coolest walking site I have found on the Internet so far. They offer virtual walking challenges and handy online fitness tools for calculating your stride length, baseline steps, basal metabolic rate (bmr) and body mass index etc. Need a walking program that tightens and tones your muscles? They have it!
If you can’t find a walking group near you or your employer doesn’t have one, nothing prevents you from starting your own group.
Use Social Networking Sites to Keep Track of Your Progress
In addition to “live” walking groups and online membership sites, you can use social networking sites like Facebook to help get and stay motivated.
You could start simply by polling your Facebook friends about their interest in forming a walking group. After that it’s easy to form a public or private group where you can share your progress with your friends.
You can spice things up by posting your walking photos and videos on your group’s wall. Make it a fun and interactiveprocess. Alternatively, search for Facebook groups or pages that are organized around fitness walking.
When it comes to walking for health and fitness you have abundance of motivation resources. Experiment with different tools and resources to find ones that match your needs, lifestyle and personality. You’ll increase your chances of achieving your fitness walking goals many times over.
P.S. I’d love to hear what you use to keep track of your workouts and how you stay accountable. Leave your comments below.