A consistent approach to your training and nutrition is the key to reaching your health and fitness goals - but we all know it can be really hard to stay motivated.
While you might kick off your year feeling ready to tackle those resolutions, it's very easy to fall into the trap of making excuses: I’m tired. I’m not in the mood today. I'll do it tomorrow.
To stay on track and achieve long-term success, you need to find ways to motivate yourself.
Here are my top tips and tricks for staying motivated on your health and fitness journey.
1. Use motivational quotes and photos
Save a favourite quote as your phone background to remind you to stay on course. Believe me, it works - I do it!
2. Listen to great tunes
Music is one very important factor that can up your levels of motivation. It can make you run faster, lift more and help you get in the zone for your chosen sport. The music that plays while you train has to be powerful.
Check out these motivational playlists, or make your own:
3. Buy yourself some new kit
If you look good, you will feel good. New workout clothing helps to put you in the zone and you don't need to spend much to get some great new gear.
If you go to the gym in the same old t-shirt you painted the house with, you are much less likely to be pumped to train. Wearing fresh kicks or a new singlet will increase your confidence. Try it out - you'll be more invested in yourself and your workout routine.
Results are exciting and inspiring. It's crucial to track your progress in order to stay motivated (or to show you when you need to get back on the wagon).
Measure your upper arm, chest, waist, hips, glutes and thigh every four weeks. At the end of the month, compare your results with those from the previous month and look at the progress you’ve made. You can also ask a professional to track your body-fat percentage loss.
The before and after photo is perhaps the biggest motivator of all. Seeing the changes you’ve made to your body is priceless and can give you the strength and motivation you need to keep going.
A personal trainer can define specific goals for you. They know how to create a programme that will challenge you, and can help you stay motivated as you work towards your dream result.
Get in touch to find out how we can help.
7. Shake up your training programme
Adding something new into your training schedule regularly is crucial. A new programme will make your body adapt and change, and stop you from getting bored in the gym. If you change at least one of your exercises each time you train, you will get better results.
8. Find a good support crew
Convince your friends to start planning their 'get on track' journey; workout with your partner/ spouse; or schedule workouts with a person that you met at the gym.
Without support it's easy to stop, but training buddies make you accountable! If you surround yourself with people who want to work out, you’re more likely to get to the gym.