Being positively motivated to do something is a critical impetus. Especially when it comes to working out, you need to be really driven to start a workout and equally upbeat about continuing it. Here are 5 tips to help you remain motivated in your workout journey
Know your goals
The foremost thing is to know why you want this. Your reason should not be vague like “Everyone is into fitness” or “Because others say it is good for me”. You should be specific and need a well-defined goal to achieve. Do you want to prepare for a marathon or any sport? Do you want to workout to reduce weight or aim to build a toned muscular body? Is a workout needed to help you get away from the lethargy and improve your mental well-being.
If you know your reason, it’s easier to remain consistent and work towards achieving your goal.
Train with a buddy
Training alone and without directions can be daunting and your initial enthusiasm may die down too soon. It’s always nice to have someone around to constantly push you, hold you accountable and keep you on track. For some, working out in a group can work and it might be a good idea to join a gym and work out in group sessions or have a friend and you hit the gym together. However, what works best for those who’ve just started out is to have a personal trainer as fitness buddy. They will help guide and keep you safe and motivated during the whole journey.
Keep to routine
Routine is routine if you stick to it, or flip it and say, if you stick to doing something regularly you have it in your routine. This works wonderfully well to keep one motivated. Therefore, having a well-defined fitness routine can turn out to be your biggest motivator to show up at the gym on time. It need not be very vigorous nor be every day. It just needs to be consistent and regular.
Once you’ve charted out a routine, your personal trainer can help in doing it, you will have a plan in front of you which will motivate you every day to stick to it. A few challenging days at start and then the body and mind will sync in the routine and you’ll enjoy the drill.
Know your body, Don’t Compare
We live in an era where body issues and body shaming is a thing. Most of us are dealing with body confidence issues and hitting the gym is most often a result of fighting that struggle. In this journey, comparisons can be motivator killers.
Each individual is bestowed a different body shape, body functions and obviously so will have a different fitness journey. Focus on understanding your body, its needs, and limits, and focus on the real goal of workout – attaining fitness. It is your progress that counts.
Celebrate small achievements
Achieving your fitness goals is not an overnight hussle. It is a slow-drawn process. It is therefore important to focus on progress and celebrate small wins. Make sure to reward yourself, in a healthy and positive way, on small improvements. It may just be a pound dropped or achieving your once unimaginable squat target. It could be about completing a week or a month or a year of consistent training. All small things matter to achieve the bigger goals. Celebrate them and keep at it.