You desperately want to shed off those excess kilos or gain muscles or tone up your body to wear those clothes lying in the furthest corner of your wardrobe but you find it insanely difficult to get yourself off the bed?
Relax! You are not alone.
But making excuses and procrastinating burns no calories. So you need to get up and get going. I admit working out is not always easy. But all you need is motivation. You just need the initial push, once you find your rhythm then there is no stopping.
Here are some tips I’ve found that keep me motivated:
Know what you want
When I joined the gym, my goal was to lose 15kgs. I thought I could do this in a month or two, but very soon found out this was an unrealistic goal. I was nowhere close to my goal by the end of two months. This discouraged me and I lost the motivation to keep going to the gym.
Set goals which are achievable and not overly-ambitious. Goals are a great way to stay motivated and quash the “not today”procrastinating thoughts swarming in your head. Don’t just think of the ultimate goal, set targets along the way to keep going. The sense of accomplishment on reaching your target boosts up your adrenaline and inspires you to continue.
Use Fitness Devices
The only person you’re truly competing against is yourself. So you need to track your progress over time. Depending on the tracker, wearers can track steps, calories, distance traveled and sleep. Not only can you set your goals but also challenge a buddy to workout. Trackers are loaded with a variety of benefits that can motivate you to reach beyond your limits, get active, improve your health and quality of life.
I’m a little obsessed with the Fitbit app in my smartphone. It’s funny how I carry it with me and see how many steps I take when exercising or shopping or dancing in a party. When are you grabbing yours?
A friend in gym is a friend indeed
You need someone to kick you off the bed for those morning sessions and make your sessions fun. A close pal can not only encourage you but also help you get past that eerie feeling of being the newbie where it seems like you're the only one who doesn't know the right steps or positions. And the best part is you cannot skip when you have a friend by your side.
Nothing can motivate more than a carrot dangling out in front of you. Reserve rewards for every goal, whether it's a trendy new outfit, a new set of shoes, a sexy watch, a spa or your favourite healthy snacks; reserving special rewards for yourself is a great way to get in the door. Rewards foster habits, and once hitting the gym becomes your habit, there's no looking back.
Wear proper Gym attire
Wearing too much or too little can be detrimental to yourself and others working out around you. Proper gym attire can foster motivation. Not only does it make you feel more comfortable but it allows your skin to breathe by drawing the sweat away from your body. So make sure you are wearing proper attire the next time you hit the gym.
Fitness is not about being better than someone. Fitness is about being better than the person you were yesterday. So just wake up, work out and be the best version of yourself .
Happy Gyming !