How many times have you promised yourself you’d be your ‘fittest self’ this year/month/week and then quit! If you have, we are here to let you know that you are not alone. Stacks of people start fitness routines with the greatest of intentions of becoming stronger, slimmer or simply healthier but then stop when they get bored, things get too hard, they get tired, life becomes too busy or the results just don’t come quick enough. So we’ve put together some simple tips to help you stay motivated even when you might feel the odds are stacked against you.
Picking and Choosing
Pick yourself some personal goals and keep them simple. Start with straightforward realistic goals that you know you’ll be able to achieve. By not being overly ambitious you will avoid becoming frustrated and giving up. If you haven’t trained for awhile think about starting slowly and then building your way up once you gain momentum.
It’s also important to keep in mind that not every fitness routine or class is going to suit everyone. When you’re setting your own goals, make sure you take some time to think about what will best suit you in terms of availability, mobility and enjoyment. Don’t just choose what everyone else is doing because you think that must be right you should, instead try a range of classes and then choose what you like the most and feels the best. It’s vital that you enjoy your chosen training regime despite the pain or you won’t want to keep up the good work.
Planning Ahead & Staying Accountable
Trying to accomplish any kind of a goal means making a little more time for planning and time management. Fitness is no exception. If you’re a busy person, then working out in the morning is a great place to start and encourages healthy eating habits throughout the day too. In the event that you’re not much of a morning person, then sweating it out at 6AM probably isn’t for you. Make your fitness routine work for you: think of the time of the day you have the most energy, then schedule in your workout and smash it out.
Another great planning idea is to put your money where your mouth is. Studies show that those who pay in advance for their training sessions have a 90% higher success rate of achieving their fitness goals. If personal training or classes aren’t your style then try and recruit a mate to help you stay accountable. Studies also show that working out with a buddy improves results, so “double up”!
Rewards & Recuperation
Take a load off! You’ve earned it! Getting into a habit of taking a few minutes after a sweat sesh to savour the great feelings exercise brings is a great way to encourage your long-term commitment to regular exercise. Gifting yourself is always a big help too, but be clever about your choices. When you reach a long-term goal, buy those new nike’s or new album you’ve wanted and show them off the next time you exercise!
There’s no point pushing yourself so hard that your exercise becomes a drag and so you then start skipping training. Make sure you’re getting plenty of quality sleep, a balanced diet and some ”me time” thrown in too! If you’re like a lot of peeps and struggle with the concept of ‘me time’, consider doing some light youtube yoga before bed or first thing in the morning. Having a magnesium salt bath to soothe the muscles while listening to your favourite podcast or simply chilling out with a tea and good book can also help the process along too. The more recharged you are the more charged your training will become, the quicker the results will appear and the more you will enjoy it and stick to it.
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