Working out consistently can be quite challenging for some. Life happens and you just don’t feel motivated to workout. You started off great for the first week or so then all of a sudden, fall off. The thought of going to the gym drains you before you even make move to get up. As a result of seeing many go through this and asking how to stay motivated to workout, I came up with a list of things to help you stay motivated more often.
Let’s get started with the many ways on how to stay motivated to workout. It’s time to get you back on the saddle and pressing forward, reaching your health and fitness goals.
Set Realistic Goals
Set goals that are attainable and realistic, not goals based on aspects of the superficial food and fitness industry, unaware celebrities promoting junk, and money-driven fitness influencers. Sorry, not really. I mean it; do your best not to get caught up in the hype. Focus on yourself and seek advice and/or guidance from professionals that actually care. Learn how to spot the fads and trends.
Find a Workout Partner
Find someone that is above your level and who is willing to show the ropes. Perhaps you have a friend that’s in good shape already or you know someone at your local gym that’s knowledgeable. Ask can you join in on their workout but with some modifications that suit your fitness level.
Join a Community or Group
Join a community or group online or in-person where you can feed off each other energy. This is really great for accountability and support since usually there are so many of you.
Hire a Trainer
Of course, I had to mention a trainer because I am one myself. Trainers or health coaches are great for helping you stay motivated. Plus they knowledgeable in the field and probably worked with people similar to you already. You do want to make sure that you both are a great fit for one another though.
Make it Fun
If you enjoy what you are doing, you will most likely have a better chance of sticking to it. So make your workouts fun and interesting. Add some drills from youth sports days you enjoyed or come up with your own little twist by making it a bit of a game.
Who doesn’t like rewards for their efforts or when they achieve something? I know I definitely do. Treat yourself every now and then for all that work you put in. The key is to reward yourself with something that’s not counter-productive to your goals or at least won’t completely derail you.
Write It Down
If you’re not seasoned at working out, recording how your workout session went and tracking your progress and can help give you a better visual of what you’ve accomplished. Who wouldn’t feel good after seeing their numbers improve on a particular exercise?
Don’t get too dogmatic with your workouts. Allow room to make modifications if need be. Some days you may not feel like doing a certain exercise, so switch it out or perhaps skip that one altogether. Focus on making the workout count.
Revisit Your Past
Remember how far you’ve come after doing all this work or what great shape you were in in the past. Use your past to motivate and keep you going in the right direction.
Positive Self Talk
Give yourself a pep talk if you have to. Examples could be: “I love to workout, this is part of who I am” or “I made a commitment to my health and I stand by it”. Look for motivation from within some time.
Know and Remember Your Why
Know and remember why you started working out, to begin with. If you lose sight of it or it doesn’t motivate you anymore, find a new “why”. This “why” could be family, health, work, or anything of importance. I suggest having one that you hold dear to your heart.
Do you have a competitive nature? Does competition fuel you? Join a fitness competition or challenge. There are plenty to choose from online, at your local gym, or you can make your own up.
I do this one often. Visualize what you want to look like, how you want to perform, and the lifestyle you want to live. Do this first thing in the morning, before your workout session, and before bed. Three times a charm. Make your vision your reality.
Disease and Death
This one is dark but it’s real. People suffer and die from chronic diseases every day. Thankfully a fair amount of these chronic diseases we face today are preventable and/or at least manageable by leading a healthy lifestyle in which physical activity is part of. So fight the good fight by keeping these diseases at bay and holding death off as long as possible. Be in it for the long haul and know this is a marathon and not a sprint.
That’s a pretty good list of how to stay motivated to workout, right? Well, although this a good list, motivation doesn’t always last or may not always motivate you. The key is to develop discipline and consistency while using the methods above as supplements. The goal is to make fitness part of your lifestyle while picking methods of motivation that work best for you and your situation.
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