Don’t worry, it isn’t just you. We all feel lacking at times when it comes to motivation. How can you rekindle that enthusiasm when it comes to exercise, and how can you make it stay?
As it happens, there are ways and seven of the very best are below.
Grab a friend
Nothing beats working out with a friend, constant encouragement, companionship and the camaraderie that comes from knowing you’re in this together. Banish those self conscious lonely exercise sessions and take a friend along for the ride, you’ll be much more likely to want to go and a lot more likely to stay.
PICK The right gym
An obvious but often overlooked issue for those who might struggle to motivate themselves to visit the gym; is it the right one for you? Visiting a fitness centre is great if you're honed, ripped or have been going for years, but for some it isn’t that simple. It can make us feel self-conscious, awkward and perhaps a little like we are being judged - although that is almost never the case. It is important to be in a space where you are comfortable and happy, and if you aren’t, then have a think about why. A lot of gyms now offer classes, dedicated times or entry requirements for like-minded people. For example, if you're a woman and want to work out without the testosterone, check out Energie Fitness For Women.
BE Ambitious but keep it real
If you’re going, that’s amazing and if you are sticking with it you deserve respect, of course you’ve got goals, much like everyone else at your gym, but don’t forget to differentiate between long and short term targets. It might be an impressive physique, it might be just wanting to climb the stairs without feeling breathless, small or big goals are all goals, aim high, but be realistic to avoid becoming discouraged.
Keep track of your pRogress
We have all seen those ‘before, during and after’ pictures on social media. Keeping track is a big deal. You’ll see visual proof of the positive changes you are making to yourself, and it will feel...well, simply amazing. There are lots of useful apps that make tracking and monitoring fun and simple. There's of course an app for everything now, so to find the right one for your type of activity and your performance goals, check out this neat little Fitness App round-up from Techradar.
You are working hard, and seeing results, what could be better?
That latest episode from your current boxset, your favourite smoothie or a shopping spree to buy that thing you had your eye on. Do it, right after your visit to the gym.
New Year, new gear
You’ve heard the phrase – dress for success. Look the part and usually you’ll feel the part too, and if you’re feeling the part; the impulse to carry on will always follow :) Getting yourself a new gym kit can do wonders to motivation levels and also to your confidence, which is what being fit and healthy is all about. Some kit can even improve performance. Think of the full body swimsuits made out of polyurethane that were banned in 2010 following complaints from top athletes about the unfair advantage they created for wearers! What's more, you can also prevent injuries or illness with the right kit. Especially in this weather. So go on, treat yourself and hit your goals.
Create a power playlist
Just like every action packed montage you’ve ever seen; Rocky Balboa mounting the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of art, The Karate Kid honing his skills to challenge the best, Alex Owens pushing herself above and beyond in Flashdance, the list goes on.
There’s a good reason montages resonate with us, and it’s the music, powerful, motivating and willing us to go the extra mile, music can do that...
If you have never tried it, then do! If your current playlist has grown a bit dusty, and isn’t really doing what it is designed to, shop around as inspiration can come from many different types of music, there is nothing like it, and the perfect playlist is out there, just waiting for you.
If your motivation levels are running a little low, don’t be hard on yourself; give some of these tips a try. You might just be very glad that you did.
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