Staying motivated is one of the major keys to succeeding in almost all areas of life, not just fitness. If we’re not motivated, we are more likely to give up and abandon our goals, whether they are business goals or personal goals. Most times, people are quick to give up on their fitness goals, as it is easily pushed to the side when life happens.
We all go through ups and downs, good days and bad days. It is important to remember that this only makes us human. I believe the fundamental factor is that when you do have an “off day,” it does not determine your actions from that point forward. You must get up and keep moving. When it comes to setting health and fitness goals, staying motivated to work out at the gym or at home, it is important that we understand that being fit and healthy really isn’t a definite goal but a journey (a continuum of making healthy choices).
So here are seven steps to mastering the motivation you need.
1. Keep a positive mindset
If you associate working out as being a chore or a duty, eventually you will end up despising it, dread going, and end up falling out of your routine entirely. This is the total opposite reaction of what we want. I want you to think about why you are doing it and how good you will feel after your workout and how proud you will be. Focusing on the positive side if training will change your whole experience and make it more enjoyable and you will actually start looking forward to your next workout.
2. Never compare yourself
Living a healthy lifestyle is a sign of self-love. When you work out, you are doing it for you to make yourself feel great from that point forward. Acknowledge this love you are giving yourself and nurture it. Know that you deserve to treat your mind and body with your utmost attention, love, appreciation, and respect. So never compare yourself to the next person. Remember we are all different and that’s what makes us unique, so that means we all progress at different levels.
3. Create a plan
Don’t just wing it. Have a plan. What is it you want to achieve that week? Set yourself goals. With each and every workout session, you should be progressing towards your goal. This keeps training exciting and it becomes something you look forward to.
4. Follow like-minded people
“Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel, energies are contagious.” — Rachel Wolchin
Look up people who have similar interests as you on all social media platforms and follow them! Each and every day, as you scroll through your feed, you will be reminded of how there is someone out there with the same goals and interests as you, and if they are good, it could be even more motivating for you.
5. Alternate your workouts
By changing up your workouts regularly, you will stay focused and also find it more exciting and interesting. Sometimes we figure out a routine that we feel comfortable with, and this is great if it makes us feel comfortable and more confident doing it. However, we can fall into a rut and end up finding it boring, which can result in developing a lack of motivation to keep going back. I always try to mix up my workouts every single time to challenge myself more and keep the excitement going.
6. Schedule rest days
Sometimes even the most hardworking and determined people need a break. Rest days are very important and essential to our growth and revitalization of the body. Believe me, this can really help you pick up your motivation again and keep on going. Have one- or two-day breaks from training. Get plenty of rest and then back to training.
7. Enjoy the process
You probably heard the famous saying that the road to success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. Focusing on the journey also shines a light on what else you get out of trying to reach your goals. Enjoy the ups and downs, and above all, learn from it. Figure out what works best for you and enjoy the process. Soon you will look back and smile to see how far you have come.
So there you have it. Take these seven steps and start implementing them today to increase your motivation. Stay safe and healthy out there.