What’s up Guys and Gals.
So you have decided to join your local gym. You got out of the comfort zone, your workout clothes is out of the closet, and you are ready to kick it. Hyped, you have that picture of yourself in 6-8 months, working out out for a couple of days or weeks and then you just quit. One day you had to do something else and you didn’t make it, on a second day you didn’t feel like doing it, on a third day you just decided it is boring. You don’t see any results… It is not for you… Your body hurts… . I know all of it, been there.
So how to keep yourself motivated?
There is so many advice and methods to keep your focus. You need to find what is working for you.
Here are some tips I find helpful:
Have a vision of your Success – Set Goals
Set your short term goals but have a long term vision. If you are too ambitious you will not get what you
want in short period of time and you will get frustrated. If you just started working out after a while then you set types of goals that you will be able to accomplish in 5-10 days. for example 15 minutes on a treadmill, burning this many calories on a stair-master, 3-5 K walk. Not impossible, right. Loosing 3-6 pounds in a month is very possible if you stick to your routine. It might not seem like much but it ads up after a while. It is a Marathon, not a race.
Get a workout buddy
When people are alone they often lose interest in what they are doing. Especially if it requires giving up your favorite food, beverage or perusing diet rules in generals. Find someone who has same goals like you. This person will help you get up when you are down and will need you when they feel the same. Being there for someone and helping them out when they are down is the best thing you can do. It will get you long ways and it feels great
Stop taking shortcuts
And by this I mean walk. Incorporate physical activity in your daily routine outside the gym. This will help you burn calories. Try to walk between 6000 to 10 000 steps per day during your regular activities. If your job requires you to sit behind the desk or on a long meetings, use stairs in your building instead of an elevator, ride a bike to work, walk or use public transportation. I know this is hard in large cities where you travel long distance to work, but once you incorporate these activities in your daily routines it becomes a part of your day, not an additional thing to do.
Watch motivational videos
This is one of the things that works for me. And I mean really works. Whenever I am down and feeling like I not going to the gym, one click on a video with a person sharing their success gets me going. I start thinking “this could be me” or”I got this far, not giving up”. Now I know there is a lot of untruthful people out there trying to sell their stories, but there is some truth in it. And someone else might be watching your video next year. Think about it.
Time your meals – avoid under-eating
Don’t let yourself get too hungry. If you go too long without food, it will result in overeating at one point. Include planned snacks in your routine. Yes, you can still get snacks, just not the ones you are used to.
Win the Prize
After each exercise session, take a few minutes to savor the good feelings that exercise gives you. This type of internal reward can help you make a long-term commitment to regular exercise.
External rewards can help, too. When you reach a longer range goal, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes or new tunes to enjoy while you exercise.
Know what’s at stake
Everything!!! Everything you worked for, everything you wanted. Do not give up. Or you will just have to do it from the scratch.
I can go on and on with this list but the question is what will keep you pushing. Find 8 things that will motivate you, write them down and remind yourself daily of that great feeling of not giving up.