You started a new workout regime, training is going well, and you find yourself full of ambition and eagerness to achieve your fitness goals.
In fact, it feels like you have to hold yourself back so that you don’t overdo it.
Then suddenly, you miss a day. Then this stretches to two days. Slowly but surely, your fitness motivation decreases, and you see your goals slipping away.
Don’t worry—this is completely normal, and it happens to everyone at some stage. These four tips will help you understand how to motivate yourself and stay on track when you’re not exactly inspired to work out.
CREATE A PERSONAL FITNESS MOTIVATION STRATEGY TO STICK WITH YOUR PLAN:
1. VISUALIZE YOUR SUCCESS
The more often you imagine something, the greater the chance is that your vision will become reality. Sort of like a manifestation. Professional athletes imagine their games, races, and competitions over and over in their head in order to help themselves to focus and succeed.
It also works the same way for your training goals.
If you want to perform faster, get fitter, want that leaner body, then begin by imagining what it will be like when you’ve succeeded.
Imagine your end goal with all your senses:
What will a well-trained body help you do better? What will well-trained muscles feel like to the touch? Use the power of language and keep encourage yourself out loud to improve your mental strength. Compile a list of affirmations and keep repeating them to yourself before, during and post workouts.
2. PREVENT BOREDOM FROM CREEPING IN
Your fitness motivation and performance can fluctuate from day to day. Sometimes, you will feel fit and full of energy and on other days, you will feel tired and lack energy.
The causes of this are not only physical – often it is just your mind playing tricks on you. Don’t give boredom a chance. Introduce some fun and variety with these helpful hints:
- Work Out with Your Friends: Training with friends is fun and will help you maintain your workout inspiration simply through accountability. If your training partner expects you to be there, you have to show up. They can also provide encouragement, and you can help each other through a motivational slump. Just make sure you choose the right buddy (not the negative, draining ones!). If you haven’t got any available friends then you could try joining a local club or even workout with your dog – they’ll always be ready to get outside.
- Change of Scenery will help: You don’t always have to work out in the same place. Mix things up a bit and work out in different places – in a park, round a playing field, or at home in your living room. After all, you can do sports like running and bodyweight training almost anywhere.
- Listen to Uplifting Music: The right beat can push you to peak performances and really motivate you. Is there a special song you like? Then use it to motivate yourself and get your emotions involved. Motivational photos, videos, or quotes can give you a boost and increase your desire to work out.
3. WORK OUT IN THE MORNING OR STRAIGHT AFTER WORK
As the day progresses, your weaker self grows stronger and stronger. Once you get home from work and relax on the sofa, there’s no getting up again. You say to yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “One day won’t hurt”. Try to outwit your weaker self and go for a run or do bodyweight training in the morning, before you have had chance to really think about it. You can then be smug the rest of the day that you’ve ticked it off.
If you’re not a morning person then all you have to do is clear away all the obstacles keeping you from exercising after work. Try packing your gym bag the evening before and take it with you to the office. That way, you can go straight to the gym or for a run without being tempted into skipping your workout.
You’ll be so happy afterwards that you’ve worked out and you can collapse on the sofa and relax.
4. CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH TRAINING PLANS
There’s nothing better than achieving your fitness goals. But you need new challenges if you want to continue exercising on a regular basis. How about a new training plan?