Staying motivated on your fitness journey is key if you’re going to get the results you want as well as live a healthy life in the long term. Many people end up joining a gym only to stop going after a few weeks or even a few months. The ideas below will help you if you know you struggle to stay motivated on your own fitness journey. Take a look and see what you can do:
Know What Your Goals Are
First thing’s first: set your goals. You need to have goals or you won’t have a solid enough reason for working out, and that will eventually lead you to stop as you wonder why you’re going through all of this effort. By writing down a couple of big goals and a few smaller goals and putting them where you can see them, you will keep them fresh in your mind and be reminded of why you’re doing this. Your goals could be:
- Get to a lower body fat percentage, e.g. 25% down to 20%
- Be able to squat your body weight
- Be able to sprint for 20 minutes in 20-second intervals
They are just a few examples. Having somebody based goals and fitness based goals is a good idea. Don’t forget, you need more reason to work out than just looking good too! Here are a few ‘why’ reasons:
- To live longer
- To have a higher quality of life
- To perform better in daily activities
- To improve mental health
- To have happier days
There are all kinds of amazing reasons to work out, so know your ‘why’!
Come Up With A Plan
Now you know your goals and your why, you need to come up with a plan. How will you reach your goals? Perhaps you’ll work out three days a week, to begin with and go from there. Perhaps you’ll follow a plan laid out for you by a personal trainer, or download one you found on a reputable website.
Track Your Progress
Tracking your progress is key! However, it’s important to remember that progress is not linear. You may seem to fall behind again one week, but as long as you keep on moving forward, the general progress you are making will be improving.
Aim To Learn As Much As You Possibly Can About Fitness
By learning as much as you possibly can about fitness, you’ll know why you’re doing certain things, the effect things have on your body, and more. For example, do you know why you need lots of protein? Do you know where to get carbs and fat, and the ratio you should be eating of all three macronutrients? Do you know which muscles certain exercises work? You don’t have to learn absolutely everything, but don’t go through the motions without knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing.
Help Other People To Achieve Their Goals
Sometimes, helping other people to achieve their goals can be a big motivator. Do you know somebody that might need a little help? If you really love fitness, you could become a mobile personal trainer and help that way! If you don’t plan on training, you should probably stick to helping out friends and family.
Look At It In The Long Term
The worst thing you can do is look at this in the short term. No fitness journey is a quick fix. Look at it in the long term instead; as something that you’re going to do forever. A healthy lifestyle that’s going to benefit you in numerous ways. You can’t simply reach your goals and then quit, because you’ll go back to the way you were before. Start looking at this with a more long-term mindset and it’ll do you the world of good.
Start A Fitness Instagram
Many people find that making themselves accountable with the help of a fitness Instagram can be very useful. A fitness Instagram means you are putting your goals and progress out there for people to see. If you post motivational captions or actual tips that have helped you, you might just end up building a large following. Some people even get represented by fitness brands this way. However, you shouldn’t start a fitness Instagram for that reason alone! Start it for yourself, show off your unique personality and make sure it’s motivating you.
Exercise In the Morning Before You Have Time To Make Excuses
One of the best tips you’ll likely ever to receie, is this: get yourself exercising in the morning, whether at the gym or out for a run, before you have time to make excuses. You might have every intention of working out later in the day, but what happens when life gets in the way? What about when something happens at work that brings you down and all you want to do is get in your pyjamas with wine? There’s nothing wrong with doing that from time to time, but if you really want to make progress, it’s usually better to exercise in the morning when you can’t make excuses. Plus, you’ll reap the benefits of exercise for the rest of the day. You should have more energy and focus and notice that your mood is improved, too!
Any fitness journey should have an emphasis on finding balance. Balance is key for your mind and your body. Doing things to extremes may work for a while, but there’s no way this can work in the long term. It can be very damaging for your mindset, too. You need days off the gym and you need a little of what you fancy to eat. You shouldn’t beat yourself up. If you’re not doing a fitness competition, why wouldn’t you want to enjoy your life? Fitness should be a part of your life, not all of it!
Focus on Developing A Positive Mindset
A positive mindset is key. Work on a positive mindset not just surrounding fitness, but yourself, too. You can’t love your body when you start off hating your body. Find things to be grateful for now, no matter how small.
Don’t Focus So Much On Your Weight
Your weight is not an accurate representation of how much progress you’re making or how healthy you are. It can easily make you feel bad when you have absolutely nothing to feel bad about. Too much of our value is placed on this number, and it’s ridiculous! You should pay attention to how your clothes are fitting, how you feel, how much progress you’ve made, and even your measurements if you want to measure progress that way. You shouldn’t be using weight as the sole indicator of what’s going on with you. Your weight can fluctuate for various reasons and be totally different on different days. It’s just not a smart thing to do!
Make A Vision Board
A vision board can help you to get more visual about your goals and keep them in the forefront of your mind. You could print out pictures of fitness models and use them, as well as healthy recipes and stick them on there too. This is your vision board so make sure it excites you, and put it somewhere you can see it!
Find Ways To Reward Yourself
Rewarding yourself with food can be a dangerous thing to do if you don’t have a healthy relationship with it already. How about rewarding yourself with things like new gym clothes, spa days, and salon treatments? You deserve it!
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