Staying Motivated To Meet Your Fitness Goals
The biggest barrier in achieving your fitness goals is your motivation. Even professional athletes experience times when they feel unmotivated.
The following are 10 Steps to help you keep your motivation for achieving your fitness goals.
Keep Your Goals Written Down Where You Can See Them
Your goals are important to you, but it’s easy to forget them. Try writing up your goals on post-it notes and putting them somewhere you can see them. This could be your smart phone, iphone, refrigerator, your desk, your bathroom mirror or even as your computer desktop wallpaper.
Seeing those goals every day will remind you why you’re doing this in the first place. It could make you think twice when you’re considering skipping your workout.
Tracking is a proven way to stay motivated. It’s part of our nature to want to see results, and tracking will show you that you are making even the most subtle progress.
Because changes can be very subtle, or may not even show up in the mirror at first, it can be easy to get disheartened and think you’re putting in all this work for nothing. When you keep track of everything, you have some solid numbers to tell yourself that it is worth it.
Don’t Weigh Yourself Too Often
Weighing yourself should only be a part of your tracking, and it’s important not to do it too often if it leaves you feeling deflated. Your weight can fluctuate every day, and some days you may even gain weight due to water retention.
If you can weigh yourself and deal with those fluctuations without getting disheartened, then by all means keep doing it. If you obsess over the number on that scale, though, try to weigh yourself every week for a better overall picture.
Whatever you do, don’t give up weighing yourself altogether. Studies show that those that weigh themselves regularly have a far better chance of meeting their weight loss goals.
Exercise in the Morning
Although there is technically no best time to work out, studies have shown that working out in the morning is better for your motivation. If you can get up and get your workout done right away, you’ll feel like you’ve achieved something, and you’ll give your metabolism and motivation a boost for the rest of the day!
You may have the best intentions; however, as the day progresses it becomes easier and easier to find excuses not to workout.
Get on Facebook
Sitting on Facebook all day is not going to help you get fit. However, joining a Facebook group or using it as a place to post daily or weekly fitness updates can help keep you motivated. So get online and start using social media to your advantage. You might even want to “like” specific motivational weight loss pages to give you bite-sized tips and advice every day.
Get Some of Those Fitness Apps
It’s well worth downloading a couple of fitness apps if you have a smartphone. You can get apps to measure how many calories you consume during the day, how many you burn through your workouts, those that teach you how to perform certain workouts, and those that let you track your progress in many visual ways. They could give you the motivation you need to continue.
Let’s face it, exercise isn’t always fun. This is why it’s perfectly OK to give yourself a day off every week! Taking a day off is good for the mind and the body. To reduce the danger that you won’t get back into a routine after your day off, try to take the same day off every week (e.g. Sunday). If you’re worried that taking a day off will cause you to lose motivation, then try doing a completely different workout, or a much gentler one, on one day of the week instead.
Sign Up To A Fitness Website
A forum could be the key to help you stay accountable, by chatting to other people going through the same thing as you. Or you could sign up to websites that perform many of the same functions as fitness apps. Some are free and some are paid.
Half of the battle is staying motivated, so if a website can show you how far you’ve come, it could be the key to sticking to your goals.
Most of us are motivated by rewards. This doesn’t mean unhealthy rewards, like a bucket of fried chicken. Instead, choose rewards that mean a lot to you but that won’t negate your efforts!
Some ideas include going for a massage (a great way to pamper yourself and help those aching muscles) , a new workout outfit, or buying something you’ve had your eye on for a while.
Keep It Simple
If this all seems overwhelming, just remember to take things one step at a time.
If one of your goals is to lose 10 pounds, break the goal down and focus on losing one pound a week. If you decrease your calorie intake 250 and burn 250 calories you should lose about one pound a week.
These small achievements will keep you motivated to not give up on your fitness goals.