Three Ways to Get Motivated in Order to Crush Your Fitness Goals
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, get fitter, get healthier, or anything else for that matter, one thing we can all agree on, is the fact that, on some days, getting motivated to get off our butts and head to the gym, the running track, or anywhere else, can be much easier said than done. Some days we will wake up full of motivation and enthusiasm, and will have one heck of a workout in the process. On other days however, we may find ourselves feeling tired, lacking energy, lacking motivation, and basically not wanting to do anything other than sit and vegetate on the couch, stuffing our faces full of junk food while watching mind-numbing drivel on the TV. If you’re lacking motivation and want to get your MOJO back, here are three effective ways to get motivated in order to smash your health and fitness goals.
Set yourself goals – First and foremost, how can you crush health and fitness goals if you haven’t set yourself any to begin with? In order to ensure you stay motivated, you need to have goals and targets to aim for, so set yourself ones on a regular basis. Not only should you set long-term weight loss goals, but you should also set smaller weekly ones as well. Rather than just going to the gym and training aimlessly, with no purpose, if you have targets to aim for, you will push yourself that little bit harder, as you won’t want to fail. Instead of just trying to lose weight, set achievable and realistic targets such as 2 – 3 pounds per week.
Assign workout days and times – Some people will basically exercise and workout whenever they can be bothered, yet for people lacking motivation to begin with, this is not a smart strategy. If you have no assigned workout days, on days where you are feeling tired and lazy, you will tell yourself things like ‘I’ll just work extra hard tomorrow instead’. Before you know it, you are constantly skipping workouts and promising to train “tomorrow” instead. However, if you assign certain days and times for working out, you can then schedule your life around these times and will be less likely to blow off the gym because you can’t be bothered. If you know you are scheduled to exercise at a certain point, you have longer to mentally prepare.
Remind yourself why you started – We all exercise for different reasons, and we all want different things. Some people may be unhappy with their weight and may be looking to lose weight in order to feel better about themselves. If this applies to you, when you think about skipping the gym, or cheating on your diet, remind yourself why you started. Think about how great you will feel when you lose the weight, or perhaps look at pictures of yourself at your heaviest, or even at yourself naked in the mirror, and if you aren’t happy with what you see, use this to better yourself. Whether training for a marathon, for appearance, for good health, or anything else, make sure you remind yourself why you started, when you are lacking motivation and enthusiasm.