Motivation; tips and tricks to keep you on track…..
By Claire Lloyd
Motivation: the state or condition of being motivated or having strong reason to act on, or accomplish something.
Sometimes we have it, sometimes we don’t…… Following on from my last blog check out my list of really easy ways to keep yourself motivated.
- Bring Your Gym Bag to Work– It’s a lot easier to head to the gym on your way to work, or home from work, as opposed to going home to change, there’s the temptation to stop!
- Create a SMART Goal– Consider creating one big goal that is smart, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound and that motivates you to exercise. The vision of this goal is should be exciting to you.
- Create a Reason Why Your Goal is Important to You– the deeper and more emotional the reason for why your goal is important to you, the better. Maybe it’s not looking older than your years, getting back into your favorite sport, being able to keep up with your kids, getting back in to a sport you previously loved.
- Create Weekly Goals– while your big long term goal is helpful, weekly goals like losing 1lb per week can make reaching your long term goal more manageable.
- Set Mini-Goals– if you’re running and not in the mood to keep going, set a mini-goal like running to the end of the block. Once you get there, re-assess. Sometimes you’ll completely forget you didn’t want to workout in the first place.
- Tweak your Workout– if you had planned to do a longer run but can’t get motivated about it, do intervals instead, and vice versa. Sometimes all you need is a little change to get excited about your exercise routine again.
- You often Regret What You Didn’t Do– You’re more likely to regret NOT going to the gym than if you go.
- Create a Challenge with a Friend or Yourself– if it’s with yourself, make the challenge less about the end result and more about the habits you want to create. If it’s with a friend, definitely make it something measurable. But embrace the lifestyle you want to create.
- Know your Body– understanding the difference between feeling fatigued and your body needing to rest. Fatigued and lazy are very different!
- Find Workout Clothes you Feel Good In– and are looking forward to wearing. Make sure those are clean and ready to go.
- Give Yourself a Small Incentive– whether that be a new outfit or a weekend trip for achieving a goal. Little rewards go a long way.
- Remember that Everyone Messes up– & will miss workouts: don’t fall into all-or-nothing thinking and recognize that if you do fall off track, make up for it with more discipline elsewhere, such as with your diet. Don’t beat yourself up over it and get back on track as soon as you can.
- Remember Discipline is like a Muscle– the more you can create discipline in one area of your life, the more likely you are to keep the discipline/willpower elsewhere.
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