Staying motivated on your fitness journey can be tough at times. It can seem like a long road ahead and a slow journey depending on your goals. It can be frustrating especially if you are not seeing results as quickly as you might like/or expected.
So I thought I would share some tips for staying motivated on the journey. These tips can also be applied to other areas of life, and not just your fitness journey.
Talk yourself up
If you don’t believe in yourself then who else will? It’s time to be your own biggest cheerleader.
Positive affirmations are the way forward – tell yourself you’re a bad ass who is going to smash it this session in the gym/ Zumba/swimming today.
Practice positive thoughts everyday and little by little you will start to believe that you can achieve your goal.
Work out your reason why
Why are you doing this? what’s the end goal? I guess its easy to say ‘how bad do you want it’?
But to an extent it is true – are you willing to work hard for what you want? But have you also considered the reasons why you set that goal and what you are likely to feel when you achieve it. Please always ensure that you are doing this for you and not for anybody else.
Prepare for obstacles
Nothing good comes easy then and it’s good to always prepare for there to be bumps in the road. Accept that there will be obstacles, but it is all about how you deal with them instead of complaining and giving up. What’s your plan of action?
There are obstacles in all areas of life. prepare for them
A little progress each day
I love thinking this way, a little progress each day will slowly bring you closer to your goal. It might feel like things are moving too slow but it’s important to remember that things ARE moving. Keep pushing and you will get there eventually. Challenge yourself but don’t rush yourself or pile on the pressure. Keep a healthy mindset.
I admit I haven’t reached my personal goal yet but I know that nothing happens overnight.
Let’s use the analogy of driving lessons – it may be a hassle and cost a lot of money to have driving lessons every week but the end goal is to pass your driving test right?
Appreciate the small things and take notes of the small accomplishments you have made.
Set Mini goals
I’m going to do an extra lap around the track, I’ll do once more set, I’m going to drink an extra glass of water today…
I love setting mini goals it helps keep me going and gives me something to strive for the next week beating that goal and meeting the next mini goal.
For example when lifting I set myself the goal of lifting an extra 1.25kg each week or two weeks. It’s a mini goal I feel is achievable and being able to meet that and keep small goals in mind keep me going.
Make it fun
Do something you enjoy and if you don’t enjoy it find out why- for example if it’s because u find it hard?
Make it a part of your daily routine – once you get used to working out on certain days it becomes the norm and a part of your week.
Hold yourself accountable/get an accountability partner – I currently do this through Instagram where I list my goals for the week. This way they are out there in the public domain so I can be held accountable.
…and remember a little progress each day adds up