Tips to Stay Motivated
On Your Fitness Journey
It's no secret that sticking to a new fitness program or nutritional plan is so challenging, that most people quit before they have time to succeed. What is it about that small portion of people that have the fortitude to see it through, and reach their goals? You might say they have greater willpower than most people. But I would argue that willpower can fail us all. Many of the most successful motivational personalities today refer to something bigger than willpower...they call it WHYpower.
Getting in touch with why we want or need to make a change will provide more motivation than mere willpower. I've coached more than a few people to get so in touch with their why, that the emotions that come to the surface are overwhelming. Usually, these are the people that are having medical issues, and realize that if they do not make a change, that they will not be here for the children. Now that is a why with some power! These same people did not have the willpower to commit to becoming healthier, but when they discovered a meaningful reason that touched them to the core, WHYpower was what enabled them to decide, commit and succeed at changing their lives.
Once you've gotten in touch with your why, made the decision to start your fitness journey, and committed to achieving your goals, you'll need some tips in your toolkit to make sure you don't fall off the wagon. Everyone knows that we are suppose to set realistic goals, and put our goals in writing, so that's a given. Here are some additional tips to stay motivated.
1. Remember why you started - We are so much more inclined to stick to it when we have a deep and meaningful reason for starting, and we keep reminding ourselves of that reason. Ask yourself, what will it feel like to reach my goal. Then ask yourself, how will I feel if I don't achieve it. Envisioning your success will help ensure that you see your goals through.
2. Make fitness fun - No one wants to wake up early, or prolong the day after a full day's work to do something they dread. So make fitness fun! Find workouts that you enjoy, instructors that you enjoy, and people you enjoy working out with.
3. Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people - You know what it's like...when you are excited about starting something new, and the Negative Nellies of the world all seem to come out of the woodwork and tell you all of the reasons that you won't succeed. They tempt you with naughty num nums, and are the first ones in line to say "I told you so" if you miss a workout. Get those people out of your life, and replace them with people who will be positive and encouraging in supporting you on your fitness journey.
4. Ease into your fitness program - When I start a new program, I am so excited that I want to go all in...then within days, since I can hardly move, it is so easy to be tempted to skip workout day. If you have been sedentary, be sure to ease into your workout, modifying where necessary. Expect to experience some soreness, but you don't want to be so sore that you can't workout again.
5. When your motivation starts to dry up, see #1!