The secret to success in any fitness journey is simply sticking to it – but that’s easier said than done. Everyone’s heard the phrase “mind over matter” – but how do you actually stay motivated?
Many of us lead busy lifestyles, and the temptation of curling up with Netflix and a glass of wine after work can be very strong. But putting into practice a few basic tips can switch up your mindset and keep your eyes on the prize.
Set Goals – Big And Small
It’s good to set yourself long-term goals, because it gives you something tangible to look forward to. Maybe you want to run a marathon, lift 150 kg or simply run up the stairs without getting out of breath.
Having that goal will give you something to work towards. But it’s also important to set smaller goals along the way that you can actually visualize reaching. If you focus on these, the marathon or 150kg won’t seem as daunting. And every time you get to your next goal, you’ll feel a rush of pride and know you’re progressing.
Schedule Schedule Schedule
If you just have a vague idea that you need to exercise at some point in the day, it’s very easy to ignore, especially if you have a busy schedule. That’s why it’s important to decide ahead of time when you are going to do your workout each day.
Pencil it into your diary as if it’s a business meeting and treat it with as much importance. After a while, you’ll find that it has become such an ingrained habit that you don’t need to write it down anymore – it will simply be part of your day.
If you think of your workout as something you have to endure, chances are you won’t keep it up. Why would you spend 40 minutes of your precious time every day doing something you hate?
Experiment to find a type of exercise you enjoy – it should still challenge you, but as long as you like something about it, then it won’t seem like such a chore. Try cycling, dance classes, joining a football club, maybe even pole dancing. It doesn’t matter what, just find something about your exercise routine that you can enjoy.
It could be an app on your phone that reminds you to exercise and charts your progress, it could be a workout buddy, or it could just involve you telling your family about your workout plans.
Having something that makes you feel bad if you skip a workout could be the stick you need to keep you going.
You have the stick, but you also need the carrot. Tell yourself that you can only watch your favorite show, play real money slots, or eat your favorite snack after working out. Having something to look forward to can really help you find the motivation you need.
Of course, make sure it isn’t something too unhealthy! And lastly, be kind to yourself. We all slip up sometimes, but it’s the getting back up that makes all the difference.