I don’t know about you, but I often find myself wanting to try new skills like learning a new language, an instrument, baking and so much more. I want to adopt a new healthier routine, discover more hobbies, but can’t always find the willpower and motivation to get started and keep at it.
One of those things for me is also exercising. If exercising is not something that is very fun for you, getting started is the most challenging part. Over the years, I have tried a few ways to kick myself in the behind and found that using social media can sometimes be beneficial. Here are a few tricks that have helped me, that may also help you to get and, hopefully, stay motivated!
1. Find a group of friends with the same goals
One thing that has worked for me is enlisting the help of friends and community members that I care about to help each other be accountable.
When I was on a dance team, we would help each other remain accountable using Snapchat. We would Snap a silly photo of ourselves completing some form of workout outside of dance practice, and send it to the others as both entertainment and a way to remind the others that they should get up and get moving too.
Snapchat is a great tool for this because the photos you post don’t remain anywhere unless you want them to. We also created a group chat for the people who wanted to participate in friendly bouts of peer pressure to get up and do something, while not bothering those who did not want to participate.
2. Find a community you care about
It’s so much easier to ignore and forget notifications and messages from people that you do not know or really care about. That’s why it’s important to find people that are like-minded, that you get along with or that you know will be able to push you properly when you can’t do it yourself. If you don’t have a community of the sort just yet, there are a ton of places where you can find a community that is right for you, you just have a look around a little bit.
I personally like to use Reddit a lot for communities of interest. Here are a few of the ones that I like exploring:
Go explore what’s out there and talk to people. Sometimes seeing others who are just like us reach goals we are also aiming for makes it seem that much more attainable. If you are doing a specific challenge, there may be a hashtag you can search on Instagram too to find people who are doing the same thing as you. You can find motivation from those other people and maybe a community for yourself.
I used to do Chloe Ting workouts, and there were hashtags that could be used when people tried out and posted themselves taking on her different workouts. There was also a lot of support from her community for new starters.
3. Try not to overwhelm yourself
The biggest takeaway I think for myself was not to try to do everything at once. It’s hard to break a habit and create new ones. If we change too many things at once it can be very overwhelming, you get tired and then fall back into the traps of old well-worn habits.
Pick one or two things that you want to change, and go from there. For starters, it can be as seemingly simple as start doing something physical 3 times a week, and eat more homemade meals instead of eating takeout. If forming healthy habits is your goal, every little thing counts.
Once those are more ingrained habits, then try to add more work out days per week, and maybe start choosing recipes that are more health conscious. Taking it step by step is really the key to success.
I know those tips may sound really easy and simple, but for me those are things that worked. I like using different social media applications because it keeps me connected to people, and since working out and getting healthy is a bit challenging, I like knowing that I have a support system at the tips of my fingers when I need it.
I hope this can help, even just one person take a step in a direction they’ve been considering for a long time. How do you keep yourself accountable when trying to change some habits or learn new skills? Do you use social media?
Best of luck out there, I believe in you!
Keeping yourself accountable can be really hard. Here is what worked for me.
Easy tips to keep yourself accountable! #selfimprovement