5 TIPS TO GET AND STAY MOTIVATED
If you're trying to lose weight or get in shape, you may find yourself losing interest a few weeks into your program.
Maintaining health and fitness routine takes motivation and self-discipline.
ALWAYS being motivated is nearly impossible, no person is perfect in that way. This is where self-discipline comes in.
There are, however, a few tips and tricks that we have learned over the years that help fuel that much needed motivation:
- SET A GOAL
The simple act of signing your name on the registration form (and paying for it) gives you an immediate sense of purpose, and your focus is clear. Time has a way of slipping away from us, and having the clear and well-defined target gives us that nudge to get started.
There’s nothing more motivating than that first 5KM race looming in bold letters on the calendar. Register early and commit to an exercise program that will get you in shape by race day.
Start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. It's easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious. Set realistic goals that include clear milestones, and as you progress toward your goal.
The goal doesn’t even have to be an organized race. Maybe it’s a mission to fit into that bikini by the annual beach vacation or that old pair of jeans buried in your closet. Whatever it is, define it, write it down and revisit it daily.
- REVISIT YOU GOAL – DOES IT STILL MEAN SOMETHING TO YOU?
Think about how far you've come - Don't just look at how much weight you've lost, but other ways your life has improved. Are you stronger or faster? Do you feel better about yourself? Could you use those feelings to keep going now?
Change things up - Variety can infuse more energy into your workouts. Try changing your workout schedule or trying something new to stay interested in exercise.
- SCHEDULE A WORKOUT TIME IN YOUR DAY
Make exercising a habit, you must incorporate it into your daily routine. If it's hard to find time for exercise, don't fall back on excuses. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity.
You must see this time as non-negotiable. It should carry the same importance as a meeting with your boss. Sit down with your weekly schedule and try to build in an hour each day to be good to your body.
Make it easier to stick to your exercise ‘meetings’ by letting your friends and family know how important it is to you. They will respect this, and this will take a lot of pressure off you. You know you don’t have to blow off your workout for cocktails with the girls, you will just come a little later and they will understand!
- MAKE YOUR WORKOUTS FUN
By nature, humans need change and variety to stay motivated. We also need to have fun — even while we’re working hard. Do both!
Whether it’s a toning and sculpting class that changes choreography every week or a trail run that changes scenery every season, design your exercise routine around a variety of exercise methods. Make sure you include activities you truly enjoy and look forward to doing, and can even make you forget you're working out — like dancing, hula hooping, or playing sports with family and friends.
It’s fun to have a goal. It’s fun to participate in activities we enjoy. It’s great to enlist the support of our family and to train with people we like to be with. Every day we’re able to train, sweat and move our bodies is a blessing. Enjoy it!
We all know the benefits of regular exercise. However, life has a way of making it a challenge. And if we’re not motivated and if we don’t schedule exercise as a regular part of our day, our training time will get eaten up by other less useful activities, many of which are pure time wasters.
- REVISIT YOUR PAST
Think back to how you felt when you were not exercising
And think about how far you have come!
Remember how uneasy, unfit and frustrated you felt at the beginning of your fitness journey. You have come so far from then! You don’t want to be back where you started, so keep going!
Think back to previous attempts at losing weight or exercising.
What made you quit before and are you on the same path now? If so, you may be stuck in a pattern you haven't noticed before. Break it by figuring out what went wrong before. Some possibilities:
- A diet that's too strict or difficult to follow
- Feeling deprived of your favourite foods
- Feeling tired and sore from too many workouts
- Confusion about how to exercise the right way
- Being so busy, you can't figure out how to fit it all in
- Make your own list and then figure out how to get around these issues. If the diet is too strict, make smaller changes you can live with every day. If you're busy, try shorter workouts. Change what you're doing until it works.
Apply these things to your life and you will see that your daily motivation will increase! Being motivated most definitely makes it easier to lace up your trainers and get sweating.
Let’s get going babe, you can do this!
Burnt Team xxx