We are now into the second quarter of the year. How is your fitness journey/ resolution going so far? For some people, they can confidently say it’s going great and they are seeing results, however for so many people that is not the case. According to a study, about 40% of Americans make new year resolutions but unfortunately, at the end of the year, only about 8% can confidently say they achieved their goals. We will discuss 7 ways to get your Fitness Motivation back.
There are several reasons why people fail in their resolutions and often times it has to do with trying to achieve way too much all at once. For instance, with fitness, you might make a resolution to lose 30 pounds in one month. Now that is not really realistic, and what happens is that at the end of that month, you might have only lost 5 pounds, then you get super discouraged and throw everything away. Below are the 7 ways to get your Fitness Motivation back.
7 ways to get your Fitness Motivation back
Without changing your mindset, you cannot achieve any of your goals. If you plan to get fit, lose weight, build muscle or whatever the case may be, you need a mindset change. You may buy new workout gear, join a new gym, plan all you want but if your mindset is still the same, nothing will change. You need to help your brain to think in baby steps. Do not expect an overnight success, you need to work for it and this takes time. Do not overload yourself but trying to work out for 2 hours when you have never set foot in a gym or worked out before. Believe in yourself and trust that you are capable of achieving your goal. Get rid of the all or nothing mindset and understand that progress happens over time. Be okay with making tiny steps to move forward. Forgive yourself when you mess up or have a bad fitness week or day.
Share your goal
Share your goals with those close to you so they can keep you accountable. Choose the right people who can be honest with you on your journey. You may be close to certain people but find that you cannot share your fitness goals with them because they would not understand. You need people that can support your goal and help you achieve it rather than question why you are even trying.
Try new things
You do not have to work out in the gym or use gym equipment to achieve your goal. If you love to dance, take dance classes if you love to swim then swim. Find something you enjoy doing and stick to it so you can get results.
Measure your progress
And by this, I do not mean the scale, in fact, I hate the scale. Often times it does not show your true progress. Learn to take before and after pictures, measure yourself to see the differences in inches you have lost or gained. Buy a tape measure to get your measurements.
Have a plan
Make sure you have a plan on how to achieve your fitness goal. Do you want to lose X amount of weight by X month? write it down and plan how you hope to achieve it, the steps to take in terms of nutrition and workout. It is not enough for you to say this year you want to lose X weight, you need to have a deadline of achieving the goal.
Get rid of your excuses
Sorry to burst your bubble, but your excuses are not unique to you alone. Seriously, they are not. Some common reasons include:
My job hours are crazy
I have kids!
I hate working out
I have a medical condition
I feel defeated before I even start
I do not know where to start
I have no accountability partner
I get bored easily
These excuses are so common. You may even have other reasons that are not common but guess what, most times there is someone else going through something similar. Yes, your reasons are true and valid and you cannot ignore them. Maybe you lost someone or have to care for someone that is very sick. That can definitely be hard and I applaud your strength. But look at it this way, those people you are caring for or lost would love you to stay healthy, they want you to be happy. For you to be happy and even help others, you need to be healthy yourself. You need to find out what you can do with your limitations to achieve your success.
Set yourself up for success
Find a support group or accountability partner to keep you active and on the right path. Find the right group of friends that will support and stand by you. If you tend to binge at work, pack healthy snacks with you to prepare for binges. Pack your lunches so you do not have buy lunch or rely on unhealthy choices.
What are some ways you stay motivated?