It doesn’t matter whether you’re a gym junkie, fitness fiend or a regular gym-goer just trying to maintain good health, we all have ebbs and flows in motivation when it comes to our training.
When you’re energetic and excited to get up and exercise every day, you feel on top of the world! But there’ll be periods in your life, namely if you’re tired, stressed, “too” busy or run down, when your training routine will take a back seat. While it’s perfectly normal for other things to take priority over your regular training, it’s important to maintain consistency so you don’t undo all your hard work!
But just how do you motivate yourself to get out of bed on those cold winter mornings, or strap on your runners after a long and exhausting day of work? Well, here at 30 Minute Personal Training our Trainers are Motivation Makeover Experts, so they’ve put together this list of some of the most effective ways to give your motivation to exercise the revamp it needs!
If your looking to kick-start your motivation so you can crush your fitness goals and be the best and healthiest version of yourself, then keep reading!
Do Something You Love
One of the main reasons people lose their motivation to exercise is that they are continually forcing themselves to undertake exercise that they don’t actually enjoy. This is a sure-fire way to see your activewear make its way slowly to the back of the cupboard and your gym membership quickly gathering dust.
If you find yourself dreading the prospect of pounding the pavement each morning, if you break into sweat at the sight of a rowing machine, or if the idea of attending a Cross Fit class makes you break out in a sweat, then it’s probably time you reassessed your workout program.
These days, there can be a lot of pressure to jump on to certain fitness trends, but the most important aspect of creating a sustainable, consistent training program is that you actually enjoy your workouts. This means that, instead of being something you dread, your workouts can become a moment of peace, you-time and fun during your otherwise hectic life.
If you love running, then nothing will feel better than throwing on your shoes and hitting the pavement to let off some steam after a hard day in the office! If weights are your thing, then you’ll be more likely to race to the gym room at 6am, rather than skipping your scheduled Pilates class that you really don’t like all that much.
Get a Personal Trainer
If rolling out of bed in the morning and finding the motivation to work out by yourself is too hard, then maybe now is the perfect time to consider getting yourself a Personal Trainer.
Not only are you more likely to workout if you’re being held accountable by a professional Trainer, but they’ll also act as your own personal cheerleader. Sometimes you just need that extra boost of enthusiasm and praise from someone else to really get you feeling energised and excited about a workout!
Furthermore, a Personal Trainer will be able to create a program perfectly tailored to you. They’ll help you set goals, track progress and create a program that suits your needs and fulfils your criteria perfectly!
Figure Out Your Why
Exercising for a reason or a cause is much more motivating than simply for the point of ‘doing it’, or ‘because I should’. By having an end goal in sight, you’ll be better able to channel your efforts into something that’s truly worth getting out of bed and heading to the gym for!
Sure, exercising with the intention of being healthier is a great goal to have, but when your motivation in waning sometimes it just isn’t enough. Sometimes you’ll need a more specific gaol to get you going. This could be anything from losing X number of kilos before an event, fitting into a pair of pants you wore 4 years ago, or being able to run 10km in a charity run for a cause that’s close to your heart.
Whatever it is, make sure you write it down and put it somewhere you can see, that way you can use it as a constant reminder whenever you feel your resolve depleting. It also helps to tell someone about your goal, that way they can ask about how it’s going – if you know someone else knows about it, you’re more likely to carry through with it.
Track Your Progress and Share Your Success
Social networking sites like Facebook Strava and DailyMile offer an extra layer of social support for your fitness goals, as well as adding a level of accountability and even, in some cases, the added bonus of competitiveness.
By making your progress public, you've got your online contacts holding you accountable, so if you feel like bailing out one day, you know you’ll have to explain yourself to someone else. And as human nature typically sees us avoiding disappointing people, you’ll be more likely to carry through with your training.
Choose a social platform or online fitness tool that you’re comfortable with and get in the habit of chronicling your progress after your workout every day so that your friends know when you usually exercise — and when you've slacked off. Post your minutes, your miles, or whatever motivates you most.
Invest in New Gear
Having the right gear doesn’t just make your training sessions more comfortable, but can also do wonders for boosting your motivation.
It may sound a bit materialistic, but investing in a new workout wardrobe can have a significant impact on how excited you are about heading to your daily gym sesh. Not only do you want to show off your brand spanking new gear at the gym, but these cloths will help to reinforce your identity as an ‘exerciser’.
When exercise becomes a more integral part of who you are, performing it isn’t an option, it just becomes something that’s a natural part of your daily routine… because you’re an exerciser.
If you’re feeling your motivation muscle weakening, don’t stress too much. We all have ebbs and lulls in training motivation at various points. The important thing is to get back on track as quickly as possible, so you don’t wind up falling into the habit of avoiding your training.
By utilising some of the 5 tips above, you can help to keep yourself accountable and on track, helping you push through your plateau and find excitement and joy in your workouts again!