If you are determined to make this the year you finally reach your fitness goals (like me), you’re going to need some reliable and long-lasting processes. No matter your goal is to lose weight, put on muscle mass, or establish healthy behaviors you’re going to encounter some challenges. Challenges will help you become a stronger person and help you build character.
When you have a stressful day: You can keep moving forward, or you can quit. Honestly, the choice is yours to make. There are times when you will feel that it’s easier to stop. Within a few weeks, those healthy lifestyle changes tend to lose steam, and we start reverting to our old habits.
Don’t become another statistic like others. So, If you have the right mindset and processes in place, you can prevent being knocked off track.
Take Progress Photos
Many of us are visually motivated. If you weekly progress pictures you’ll see the fantastic changes that sticking to fitness program can make!
Celebrate changes. By using photos, you will see how far you’ve come. It’s empowering to see how commitment and consistency can help you change in positive ways.
Get A Workout Companion
If you go to the gym alone, now might be the time to get yourself a training friend. You can always set a date to meet with a friend. There are many benefits to having a friend with you. They can help motivate and push you plus you will have a spotter so you can lift heavier.
When you know that your partner is depending on you to show up will make you think twice about skipping your workout. Having someone hold you accountable could be just the motivation you need.
Hire A Trainer
Fitness can be overwhelming. Don’t get discouraged. Remember that you can’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20. You may feel nervous at first and that’s normal. Be open to trying new things.
Hire a personal trainer. A good trainer will walk you through goals and how to achieve them. They can show you how to do certain exercises, and customize a workout. Some trainers can even help you with a nutrition program.
One of the best ways to combat fitness fear is to hire a personal trainer. They can provide emotional support and you go through this process. Knowing that you have someone in your corner is a little extra push to get you going. The desire to not let them or yourself down.
Try A New Training Method
It can be as easy as a change in your routine to see new results. So, take a step back and consider a change. If you’ve been doing the same workouts with the same sets, reps, and exercise equipment for a long time, think about making a change. It may be time to mix things up. So, change the order of your exercises, the set-and-rep scheme, or even which days during the week you work out.
Your body is adaptive. If you challenge your body in different ways, your body will love you for it and progress will follow. Make changes to your workout plan every few weeks. It will have a positive impact on your workouts and the progress you wish to see.
So, there is another great way to keep your motivation up is to take part in a transformation challenge. Check the internet as there are many to choose from.
Sign up for a challenge. Surround yourself with people looking to make the same changes in their body. Having a strong community is extremely important to aid in your success. It will help increase your own excitement in the process.
Download A New Playlist
There are so many songs that can motivate you through a difficult workout. Make a new playlist so the songs stay fresh and you don’t get bored with the songs you have.
Pick some music from your high school days or search for new music you’ve never heard before. Music can be a game changer.
Take Your Workouts Outdoors
Do you agree that the gym can feel like a dungeon? When it starts to feel constricting, take it outside! Go for a walk outside, do a workout at the track or hit the nearest playground for a fun activity.
A change of scenery can combat boredom and maybe inspire you to try something new like a marathon.
When your motivation starts to slow down, it could mean that you’ve lost sight of your goal. Take a look at your before photos, and think about how you want to look. Visualize what you are going for.
Take a few minutes in the morning or evening when it’s quite to visualize. A mind is a powerful tool if you use it correctly. Try this once or twice a week and see how you feel in a month. I bet you will notice a difference.
Train In The Morning
So, we know that our obligations, schedules, and day to day items can happen. Don’t let that be your excuse for skipping workouts. Figure out a time that works best, schedule it in your day and stick to it!
When you make your workout a priority in the morining you will start your day off right. There is no better feeling than to know you took care of yourself before doing anything else.
Take A Class
Even the most hardcore, can find new motivation with an occasional class. There’s a class you will enjoy out there and still reap benefits from it. Workouts can be fun if you let them and go in with the right attitude.
Use these group classes to add to your usual workout program. It’s fun to add something a little different. These classes can also bring a social element and you will start to build a new community of supporters. This can be quite encouraging and fun.
Join A Fitness Group
Even if you don’t think you like classes just stick with me for a minute. It may still be helpful to find a community of like-minded people. Gathering with people who enjoy what you do and have similar goals is important. Having a good fitness social network can be a great mood booster. You can lift each other up and the support is a bonus.
Create Your Own Home Gym
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a home gym. If you invest money into buying home gym equipment, it can be a great way to stick to your goals. So, even short on time, you can find 30 minutes to work out in a home gym.
You do not need to wait to get started. You can buy a pair of dumbbells, an exercise mat, and an exercise ball. Begin with these simple basics and build from there.
Set Daily Goals
You know the importance of setting goals both long and short term, but if you need extra motivation, try setting daily mini goals.
Each morning, set a goal to achieve. It can be anything you want, make sure you can reach it the same day. You can try to add more weight to your leg press, do an extra rep on your squats, or spend extra time doing cardio. Set a goal that motivates you!
Track Your Stats
It’s all worth tracking and measuring. With a tape, measure record the numbers for your shoulders, chest, arms, waist, hips, and legs. Track how those body parts are growing or shrinking to keep yourself accountable and interested in your own body’s changes.
When you start gaining strength and improving performance, it will be quite motivating. You will soon realize just how much all that hard work is paying off.
Track your progress based on your performance. Keep a record of how much weight you can lift for one rep in your phone or a notebook. Next, see how many reps you can do with a specific amount of weight. When you watch yourself gain strength and improve performance, it’s incredibly motivating. It also makes it easy to see how your work is paying off.
I hope this information is helpful to you. Now, get off the website and get your booty moving!