Staying Motivated in 2016

Not everyone has the desire to hit the roads at 5 in the morning for a 10k before going to work. It can be tough to juggle responsibilities while maintaining your fitness and nutrition.

While your fitness regimen should be upheld at all times and is of paramount importance, sometimes people get side tracked and can go sustained periods without engaging in physical exercise.

Female Jogger on Coleman Avunue in Morro Bay, CA 5-2-07 - Photo by Mike Baird http://bairdphotos.com Canon 20D 100-400mm IS lens handheld from an outrigger canoe.
Female Jogger on Coleman Avunue in Morro Bay, CA 5-2-07 – Photo by Mike Baird http://bairdphotos.com Canon 20D 100-400mm IS lens handheld from an outrigger canoe.

The obesity problem remains a major issue in the United States. It was reported last year that 39.4% of the people living in the United States were obese. And although there seems to be somewhat of a health kick across the country, with gym membership at an all time high, the issue is very much present still.

Additionally, weight loss camps are still very popular and have managed to change the lives of many Americans during the last 5 years. But sometimes motivation has to come within. As the market for fitness and health apps continues to grow, mainly down to the increased number of smartphone users across the world, so does the percentage of people trying to motivate themselves to change.

Mobil Heath News claimed in 2014 that 46 million people used fitness apps that year, and this figure grew considerably in 2015. Gaming Realms, a developer behind a slew of mobile-friendly gaming titles states that while 17% of the world’s population are able to access the internet via their smartphones, and the percentage is much higher in the United States In fact, PEW Interest published an article saying close to 50% will own a smartphone by 2020 in the United States, making fitness apps readily available for half the population to use.

However, it’s not just mobile apps that can help us stay motivated in 2016. Working out with a partner, friend or family member can also aid us in our fitness journey. It’s also worth considering wearable tech. High profile devices like Fitbit help track fitness, exercise routes, calories, and even give virtual coaching to users if you purchase the premium subscriptions.

Additionally, finding out what your local community is doing in terms of fun runs and sporting events can help initiate change and regular exercise. If we’ve learned anything over the last couple of years, it’s that exercise is trying to be marketed as fun to increase participation rates and counter obesity rates. Engage in fitness activities that you enjoy so you are motivated to participate, and you can use it as a social experience too – making new friends while staying fit.

How do you keep yourself motivated? Are there any apps or wearable tech you recommend to our readership? If so, leave a comment below.

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5 thoughts on “Staying Motivated in 2016”

  1. I feel like my fitbit has really helped me stay active! It’s fun to do little competitions with friends and it motivates me to get up and walk when I see that I’m close to someone else in the competition. Joining the local running club also helped because they have a lot of small, free, laid back races through the year.
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    1. I agree! Doing my runs with a running club helped me so much last summer when it was hot and I was totally unmotivated to run. I use my Garmin for running so I prefer those but I do have a step counter on my iPhone 6 so I tend to try and hit my goals using that 🙂

  2. Hi, I came across your blog on twitter and thought I’d drop by and check it out. Looks great.
    As a personal trainer myself (around fitness all day long), even I have a tough time keeping motivated to work on my own fitness occasionally.
    One of the biggest things for me is just simply having a plan on what to work on for the week. Also, I find good music goes a long way too.
    As far as apps go, I recommend imuscle2 for workout scheduling/body measurement stat keeping, and my fitness pal for nutrition aspect of it (your macros are everything, especially for a runner!).

    1. Hi Eric! Thanks for stopping by! I use my fitness pal for keeping track of what I eat and I like it a lot. I found out that I wasn’t eating enough and I was able to remedy that with the app. I think we go through phases- currently I’m on a running break and focusing more on boot camp and strength training. Sometimes just switching it up a bit makes all the difference!

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