You already know the benefits of working out. You start with zeal and zest, but a few weeks into your routine, you let yourself slow down, and slump to your older self. It happens to many of us. It could be that your initial motivation’s power waned, or you are finding the price too high. The problem here is that you won’t get results if you aren’t motivated.
Lack of motivation crushes the belief you had in yourself. Where you had the reasons, you start finding excuses. Your daily schedules might be too tight, but you will still find time for your workouts if well motivated. The following tips will help keep your fitness motivation sky high, help you break all the plateaus and keep you on a fitness fast track.
1. Set Some Goals
Having an end goal in mind is an excellent way to keep yourself motivated. Goals should be realistic, and could either be long term or short term. Your short term goals should be to reach a particular treadmill speed, doing 30 push-ups, getting some reps or a length of time when exercising. The short-term goals should be a stepping stone to long-term goals. Be sure to record all of those goals in your fitness journal
Example of a fitness journal above, credit to Pinterest
Time-bound goals are much easier to measure and achieve. Write your goals down and set a specific deadline and sign a commitment plan. Don’t forget to do a periodic review. Realizing the goals with your effort is incredibly motivating. When you have attained your goals, set some more.
2. Reward Yourself
Have something to look forward to if you reach your goals. If your goal was to bench 220 lbs by a particular day, and you end up hitting 230 lbs, take a day off and go to a celebratory meal. Don’t shy away from admiring your progress. When you look in the mirror and see some results, congratulate yourself and buy a new pair of jeans, new shirt, or any clothes to show off your new shape.
3. Keep reminders of your motivators nearby at all times
There are numerous ways you can keep yourself motivated. You can download motivation pictures from the internet, print them and hang them in your room or just store them on your phone. You can also subscribe to motivational Youtube channels, social media platforms or join online workout forums. By surrounding yourself with constant streams of motivation, you won’t find a reason to slack off.
Even just a nice photo of you with your family can be all the motivation you need to stay the course.
Example of a great motivational picture, if family is your great motivator – Image from TheCanvasFactory
4. Change Things Up
Monotony breeds boredom. Trying out new things is the easiest way to remain motivated. If you did 2 miles yesterday, try 2.1 miles today. If you did 30 minutes on the treadmill yesterday, add five more today. Also, find a workout plan that you enjoy, and which delivers results. Changing your workouts and having a routine that you enjoy is the simplest way to enjoy your workouts.
5. Keep it Social
Have a workout partner to commit to. It can be your spouse or friend. Sign a contract with them to pay each other some cash in the form of penalty whenever any of you fails to reach the set goals. Group exercise is another way to psyche yourself up and arouse a competitive spirit.
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