We’ve all been there – you’ve decided to start going to the gym and get healthier. It all starts off well, but your enthusiasm soon wears thing and your fitness motivation all but disappears.
You’re not alone. Luckily, I’m going to help you beat the fad phase with a look at how you can stay motivated and on course with your fitness goals.
It’s important that you understand how normal it is to find fitness motivation slipping. Especially when it’s absolutely freezing in the depths of December, you’ve had a shit day at work and just want to watch TV.
Totally, completely normal.
The thing is though, how often do you give yourself a hard time about not dragging yourself up and out afterwards? I know I do. I’m no exercise nut, but having made my health more of a priority over the last year or two, I’ve learned a few things about how to maintain that fitness motivation when you need it most.
Timing Is Key
The time of day you choose to do exercise is really important. Some people prefer to work out in the evenings, but for me, that time is for winding down and trying to get my mind to switch off.
With the exception of my rugby training, which happens on a Wednesday night, I aim to do any other exercise first thing in the morning. I know, it sounds ridiculous, especially when you have kids.
However, I’ve found that doing a morning workout as soon as I get up makes a huge difference to my fitness motivation in general. I feel like I’ve got it over and done with for the day, and I know that I can relax and do whatever else I need to without feeling like I need to find time to fit it in.
A few years ago you’d never have caught me running about in the frost covered field near my house first thing in the morning, but sticking to this routine and making sure it doesn’t last too long has made a massive difference.
Going It Solo?
Some people prefer to work out with a partner or with other people around them. Others find that it’s more effective for them to train alone. Personally I’m a bit of both, but on the
I enjoy strength training on my own, or with my personal trainer when I can work with him, but there’s definitely motivational power in working out as a group.
Find out what works best for you, but make sure that if you do organise to work out with a friend, that you choose someone reliable and who will actually work out instead of just chatting with you. There’s nothing more sure to drop you back into the fad phase than a partner who can’t really be arsed.
In the next post I’m writing on fitness I’ll be looking at how you can even include the kids in your keeping fit efforts!
Remember The Point Of It
It’s not all about how you look and feel about yourself. Your main fitness motivation should be the health benefits that you’ll gain as a result.
The thing that keeps me going with fitness is the thought of having a longer, healthier life. I spend a lot of time sitting at my computer, and so it’s important for me to try and break that up with periods of movement throughout the day, to decrease the risk of heart disease or diabetes.
Keep moving to keep healthy. That’s the bottom line.
That’s right, a legitimate excuse to buy new kit. Yes, it might be gym gear or exercise kit, but even a new pair of trainers can totally help you keep that motivation in check.
I’m the kind of person who feels like if I’ve bought new gear to train in, then I have to use it, or I’ll have just wasted my money. It’s a strange, but effective incentive!
Imagine The Possibilities
Another key point about keeping up your fitness motivation is the thought of what you can achieve. I never imagined I’d ever
I can also lift weights that I never thought I’d be able to, and I’ve learned that my body is able to do things I’d never thought it could.
Fitness can create goals as often as you can set them, and when you realise you’ve achieved something you thought impossible, then that has an impact on your well-being too.
Do It For You
You might feel like a bit of a tit at first, running around outside on your own or going to a new class. You know what though, you’re doing something for you. It won’t feel that way for long.
Remember you? The person who you so often neglect to take care of? Do it for her. Do it for him. Do it for whoever you are, but do it for yourself, because you can, you know.
You can do this.
Have you started a fitness journey? what are your top tips for keeping on top of your fitness motivation? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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