Creating a balance, working hard for what we want to achieve, staying focused...
In theory its quite easy to say "i want to stay fit, i want to loose weight, i want to build muscle, need to train harder this month to be a better athlete" but putting it in practice and creating a habit to keep at it can be hard. Its normal, we are human! You might be that someone that cant wait to get up in the morning to jump in some workout gear and smash it out or that person that 3 hours into your working day thinks 'i really need to get a training session in after work' but get to your time to leave and your feeling tired and drained and all you want to do is go home and rest after such an exhausting day even though in the back of your mind you wanted to workout.
So heres some tips to stay motivated, for my gym junkies, athletes and newbies!
1. SET A GOAL
How many times have you told your self you wanted to achieve something but never actually ended up quite there?
Nothing more motivating than seeing a date on the calendar with an event, maybe a 5k run, wedding, a holiday. Get in there early and commit to an exercise programme that will get you in shape by that date!
Set realistic goals that include clear milestones, and as you progress towards your goal you will find a ripple effect occurring and things fall into place in your home life, work and health.
Whatever your goal may be, define it, write it down and revisit it daily.
Shift your thinking, get rid of any negative thoughts or any excuses, remember there are only 2 options:
- Make progress or
- Make an excuse
Excuses will only stop you from moving forward, yes its hard but if you want it that much you will fight off that little devil called excuse!
Some of the most committed exercisers do it every day before the sun comes up or late at night. Sit down with your weekly schedule and try to build in an hour each day to be good to your body. If your quite new to this start of maybe with 3 days a week, make it enjoyable, hit up some classes, all you have to do it show up and exercise!
It’s easy to stay in bed, or go straight home after work. But you have to take the extra initiative, then you’ll find you have more energy and feel better with your self. If it makes you feel good why stop?
By nature, humans need change and variety to stay motivated.
We also need to have fun — even while we’re working hard. Do both!
Whether it’s a HITT that changes exercises every week or a trail run that changes scenery every season, design your exercise routine around a variety of exercise methods. Make sure you include activities you truly enjoy and look forward to doing, and can even make you forget you’re working out — like dancing, boxing, or playing sports with family and friends.
5. GYM BUDDY OR A TRAINER
No excuses not to show up right? This makes it more enjoyable to know that theres someone there with you to either guide you through a specific workout plan or sweat out with you. Wether you're a beginner or an athlete.
Find a gym buddy, that way you can both push each other when one of you are on your way out. Play with different exercise ideas. Always extra motivation, and of course more fun than training alone! Even get snapping a few sweaty selfies at the end?
If your not too sure what to do at the gym or you simply want to ramp up your training to get more out of your body, get your very own personal trainer. Gives you the extra push, and motivation.
It comes down to one thing, how bad do you want it? Find your own motivation