Staying motivated is essential in achieving your fitness goals. Initially, it can be hard to drag yourself off your sofa, get into your gears, will yourself to step into the gym, ride your bike, or run around your neighbourhood. Heck, sometimes it can even be challenging to workout from the comfort of your own home! You might find the motivation to stay fit and workout every now and then, but it saps quicker than you expect due to circumstances that are (mostly) out of your control. I’ve been there so many times – being unmotivated to workout; so what are the tips to stay motivated even when things don’t go the way you’ve planned?
RAIN RAIN, GO AWAY
If you are someone who prefers exercising outdoors as opposed to being confined in the gym, you would want the weather to behave when you are planning on taking your bike out or going for a run. However, the weather can often change and not adhere to your desires, and there are some days where you would much rather to stay inside than to pop your goggles on and venture out into the flooded streets.
This is an excuse that many of us have used in the past – the weather. But, if you are serious about hitting your fitness goals, a little rain shouldn’t affect you. Having someone to hold you accountable (and vice versa) will help you overcome those feelings of meh and keep giving you a reason to hit those pavements and splash your way towards fitness.
INSULT TO INJURY
Injuries happen. We will all encounter a time where we may have gone too hard and perhaps pulled a muscle or strained something. This can be something that can negatively affect your positive attitude and ruins your motivation.
While there isn’t much you can do during that time; whether it was your fault or not, you have to maintain the same attitude you had before the injury to not get out of the habit. Furthermore, you can deal with those who should be responsible for your injury by filing cycle injury claims. While you may not be able to get out there and fulfil your fitness obligations, you’ll be able to change the way that something is done to prevent similar injuries happening to others.
OUT OF PRACTICE
You can’t always predict what will happen week-to-week. You could be on a fitness roll for a couple of months, but then something happens and disrupts your flow. Perhaps you need to work elsewhere in the country or cover for somebody, and so any routine you had established gets spun away.
If this happens, it can be all too easy to suffer from a lack of practice. Despite how well things are going, it doesn’t take long to return to your old habits. Missing as little as a week can quickly snowball into missing a month and then feeling like there is no point. For times like this, take a look at yourself and remind yourself why you started this fitness journey in the first place. It should be able to push you and get you back on track with minimal negative effects.
Starting your fitness journey is the easy part. What people often fail with is maintaining the good habits to ensure that they keep seeing progress. Some people have unrealistic expectations about what they want from their workout, and so if they do not see substantial results early on, it’ll cause the motivation level to decrease.
Many people wanting to change their life have experienced this. You can work out all you want, but that is not the only way you are going to get fit. If you do not see the desired results from your routine, then it could be something to do with your diet or perhaps a medical issue. If this is the case, consult a professional to discover what might be the problem. Don’t just give up!
KEEP YOUR CHIN UP
A successful fitness regimen is all about staying motivated. There will be days where you feel like there is no point, there will be days where exercising and working out is the last thing on your mind. Remember that you do not need to complete the same routine every day, especially if you do not have the time.
What matters is finding a slot in your day that may typically be used up by watching TV or browsing Facebook. Achieving your fitness goals is all about discipline, and you need to want to change instead of hoping the change will come for you. Even on the days where motivation is lacking, doing something is better than doing nothing at all.
The first month of 2018 is coming to an end and I hope those of you who have a fitness goal this year are doing great so far. If not, I hope these tips get to help you a little. Good luck! xx Wendy
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