How to Stay Motivated and Keep on Track
Hands up: how many of you have started a fitness program or a healthier living plan, and then suddenly quit? We’re visualising quite a large show of hands right now.
It’s common that many people start fitness programs with every intention to move forward, but find themselves simply quitting. The reasons are endless: boredom, results aren’t coming fast enough, feelings of demotivation or just not enjoying it.
If this is you, we’ve rounded up some tips below which can help you to stay motivated when embarking on a new fitness and health journey:
- Set achievable goals
If you go in too ambitious from the beginning, you’re simply setting yourself up for failure. Start with smaller goals, and in time, working up to the bigger ones.
- Make working out fun
If something is dull to do, it becomes a chore, which is why it’s so important to keep your exercising as interesting as possible. It might be that you take up dancing, or you do your at-home workouts to your favourite Ibiza club classics soundtrack that you look forward to putting on. It could simply be working out with your friend, because you know you’ll get to catch up at the same time.
Exercise doesn't have to be boring. But it’s up to you to make it fun, as only you know what excites you and keeps your focus going.
- Be aware of moving your body every day
Once you commit to yourself to start making sure you move your body every day, it gets easier to start doing it. You just have to learn to keep it at the forefront of your mind. This can mean taking the stairs instead of the lift, breaking off from sitting at your desk to walk around the office or the grounds outside, or even grabbing some free weights while waiting for your evening meal to cook!
It’s harder when you work in an office all day, but just becoming more aware of sitting for long periods and the negative health effects it has can be enough to spur you to move every now and again. Longer walking trips to the water machine are a start!
4. Write down your goals and revisit them
Whatever your goals are, it’s always better to physically write them down and have them to hand to look through at the end of each day. It could be to lose a little bit of weight, to improve general fitness, to sleep better or to feel mentally clearer each day.
It’s also worth trying out a goal journal, where every day you record the steps you took that day to help you get closer to your goals. Seeing everything you are doing – or not doing – can give you that extra burst of motivation.
- Reward yourself
After you have achieved something no matter how large or small, take a few moments to say well done to yourself. Pat yourself on the back and recognise your efforts. Rewarding yourself internally can help you begin to make a long-term commitment to your goals.