If there’s anything harder than actually making that commitment to get fit and healthy, it is sustaining that commitment and being consistent until you achieve your goal. How many times have you had losing weight or being more active as a new year’s resolution and actually followed through? Yeah, you probably went to the gym in the first month–maybe even bought a gym membership but your enthusiasm waned at some point. First, you started finding excuses not to go to the gym until one day, you just stopped going all together.
But don’t worry. You’re not alone in this. If it were that easy, everyone will be fit and healthy. Here’s one thing I’ve learned, more than half of the battle is mental. It’s all about conditioning your mind to change your perspective. Here are 7 tips to help you stay motivated to workout and achieve your fitness goal.
1. Find an activity that you love.
There are a variety of workouts and exercises that you can do. Don’t like running? Don’t worry. It’s not the only cardio exercise out there. Try something that you will most likely stick to doing. In almost everything in life, no one wants to be forced to do something. It’s the same with working out. When you love your workout, you’ll look forward to doing it. And while you’re doing it, you’ll find that time passes much faster so instead of counting off the minutes until you’re done, you’ll find yourself probably doing even more.
2. Set a goal that is achievable.
Be realistic when it comes to setting your goals. Don’t expect to lose 10 lbs in 1 month. (FYI – It is recommended that you gradually lose weight at a rate of 1-2 lbs per week. Losing more than that in a week probably involves some drastic measures that will only yield short term results and could even be dangerous to you.) When you set unattainable goals, you will get discouraged when you don’t achieve them–which would lead to you probably abandoning your workout efforts because you feel that it’s not working. Rome was not built in a day. Take a look at your current lifestyle, schedule and even finances and consider what you can actually realistically do with what you have. Now, this doesn’t mean setting the bar really low. Find that sweet spot between something that challenges you and something totally not impossible.
3. Measure your progress.
How else are you going to figure out how far along you’ve come if you don’t measure your progress? So go ahead take those selfies when you start your program and every week after that to see how much your body has changed. Celebrate your progress. When you see the results, you get more motivated to push yourself.
4. Find a fitness partner.
Finding someone who can share your fitness journey is a great way to keep your motivation level up. Workout with your significant other or your bestfriend. We’ve written an article on the benefits of finding a fitness partner here.
5. Follow your #fitnessgoals on social media.
Instead of following all those food and dessert pages (guilty as charged!), follow people that will help fuel your motivation. Okay, there’s nothing wrong with following those food and dessert pages but admittedly, they don’t help when you’re trying to eat healthy and clean. When you follow your #fitnessgoals or #bodygoals and you see their progress, you are inspired get to where they are now. However, I’ve always believed that you should never compare yourself to someone. We all have our own struggles. We have different body types. We have different lifestyles. What you can do is put your best effort and use them as inspiration to get to the level you’d want yourself to be. Whatever your goal is, knowing that someone else is working towards a fitter and stronger self, seeing their struggles (because they are human after all) and overcoming them will motivate you to do the same.
6. Remember how far you’ve come.
Take a look back at your journey. You’ll marvel at the fact that when you started, you can barely do a 10 second plank and yet now, you can hold it for 60 seconds. Or how you struggled to deadlift 20 kgs and and today, you can deadlift your weight. Remind yourself on how much progress you’ve made and you’ll realize how you don’t want it all to go to waste.
7. Think about where you’ll be in one year.
Look forward to how stronger and fitter you can be. Imagine where you’ll be if you continue what you are doing right now. If you condition your mind to look forward to the results, you’ll find yourself working more to get there. What your mind can conceive, your body can achieve. Never forget that.
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