What’s Your Motivation?
Many people tend to embark on fitness with a goal in mind, only to fall at the second hurdle and go back to sitting on the sofa, eating biscuits, trying to convince themselves that they’ll get back on it next week. This constant ‘stop-start-stop-start’ is not going to get you fit, healthy or help you reach your goals.
Even us fitness professionals have days where it can be an absolute battle with our body and mind to get up, get active and into the gym. It is pretty much guaranteed that most people have experienced utter dread at going to the gym at some time, only to feel so much better, energized and happier after going. It is this buzz or ‘after-effect’ of training that can be one of the most motivating reasons to keep going, even when you don’t feel like it.
So what else can you do to give yourself that kick up the backside to go workout…
1. Set yourself a smart goal and be realistic – setting yourself a goal of losing 3 stone is just crazy and you are likely give up before you’ve got anywhere remotely close. Set yourself smaller targets, over a 6-12 week period, leading up to your ultimate goal. You’ll find them much easier to achieve.
2. Get into a routine – if you set yourself regular days and times to train and stick with it for long enough, it will gradually become more of a habit, and will become harder to break the routine, and you will most probably feel guilty if you do break it.
3. Mix up your training – weight training maybe one of the better ways to get a better body in a shorter space of time, but if you really love to go for a run, swim or join a class, do it! It will help if you enjoy exercise in order for it to become a habit.
4. Change your workouts regularly – particularly if you have a long history of training, or you are keen to lose weight. It is important to keep your body guessing, it is smarter than you think, so if you have been doing the same thing over and over again for the last few months, you are more than likely no longer seeing any changes in your physique. Plus you will probably be really bored!
5. Train with a friend – having a training buddy makes it more fun, adds a little bit of competition, doesn’t make it so daunting, and if you are one of those people that don’t like to let a friend down, you won’t cancel on them! You are also more likely to train harder.
6. Help yourself along with your workout. If you need a bit of a kick to get going, get yourself a strong black coffee pre-workout, psyche yourself up by thinking about how great you will feel afterwards, and get some good tunes on your iPod. Studies have shown that the right music can make you work harder, for longer.
7. Eat clean – sticking to a clean healthy diet will not only make you feel better but will give you more get up and go. You will be more likely to want to train, your workouts will be better, which in turn will encourage you to make healthier choices with food…and so it goes on!
So, what is your motivation? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Here is my motivation…
…The buzz I feel post-workout by far! Although saying that, regular exercise makes me feel amazing, keeps my energy levels up, I sleep better, I eat better, and I also look better. What’s not to be motivated about?