Have you ever started a fitness program and then quit?
Well you're not alone. Many people start fitness programs, but they may stop when they get bored, they don't enjoy it or results come too slowly. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated.
Setting goals will help to keep you accountable. They give you a sense that you're working towards something (instead of spinning your wheels with no progress). Have small goals that you set in place to achieve each week for example, this week I'm going to drink more water and walk to work twice. Then also have long term goals like by the end of the month I would like to do a push up on my toes or deadlift 60kg's. These specific goal's will give you a hint of the specific actions you need to take to achieve them.
Schedule Your Workouts
Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity. For example you wouldn't cancel your hair appointment or a doctors appointment so why should your exercise be any different?
On a Sunday plan your week ahead and write in where you are going to exercise and STICK TO IT don't fall back on excuses.
I know its winter and so much harder to drag yourself out of your nice warm bed in the mornings, however getting up 20 minutes earlier and having a morning routine will help you to set the tone for the day, and will allow you to control your schedule rather than your schedule controlling you. As you start each day fresh, you can focus better on what is in front of you, where to prioritize your time, and, ultimately, increase your productivity.
Join Forces with Friends
You're not in this alone. Invite friends or co-workers to join you when you exercise. Scheduling a gym session with a friend helps hold you accountable for getting your workout in. You will also find that you will push yourself harder, a little bit of healthy competition is always motivating and rewarding! If you can't convince your friends then join a group or book in a personal training session to help keep you accountable.
We all know that you cant out train a bad diet.
Having a good balance diet will help provide energy to fuel your body during exercise, it will reduce your risk of injury and illness and help you to recover afterwards. Use the MY PT HUB app or MY FITNESS PAL to track what your eating to see if your getting the most out of your foods to compliment your exercise. I don't know about you but I always find that when I exercise it makes me choose healthy food options.
It's much harder to drag yourself to class when you're not having fun and you don't enjoy your workout. Fun will motivate you on days when losing weight doesn't sound as appealing anymore or when you don't care about what your body looks like. A fun workout will give you something to be excited about, even in the toughest of times. On days when you're losing steam, something that sounds fun will always pick you back up and give you something to look forward to, working out should never feel like a punishment. You should only be moving in a way that makes your body feel good . . . and that makes your brain feel good, too!