5 Unexpected Ways to Stay Motivated
Keeping up with your fitness goals can be tough. In our world today, temptation is around every corner!
These 5 killer tips will help you stay strong and motivated even when you want to give up.
1. Keep your goals actionable.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
It’s easy to want to throw in the towel when comparing yourself to others or setting the bar too high too soon. Your should set your goals high, but it’s important to break them down into smaller, more actionable goals.
You can’t expect yourself to run a marathon after a week of training or to lift 1.5x your bodyweight after only a few months. Instead, push yourself a little farther each day.
2. Keep track of your progress.
Ever meet up with a friend you haven’t seen for a while after a good stretch of going to the gym and they give you a really nice compliment? It’s easy for them to see a difference!
When you are looking at yourself in the mirror everyday, it is easy to feel like you are treading water. It’s important to try to keep as objective as you can about your body (easier said than done!) so you know whether or not you are truly making progress or hitting a plateau.
Logging your workouts - whether it’s how far you’re running or how heavy you’re lifting - can keep you focused and confident in your regiment. Another good idea is to take daily photos of yourself in a full-body mirror. While this may be the last thing you want to do, over weeks and months you will begin to see how your body changes and whether or not you need to correct course.
3. But don't obsess over your weight!
Tracking your body weight on a scale can be helpful, but don’t let your self-esteem derive from the number it shows! This isn’t just about a feel-good mindset. It’s because there is more going on in your body than just fat.
Body fat percentage is what you should care most about because your weight doesn’t factor in the good stuff in your body. That’s your fat mass divided by your total mass. Generally speaking, the lower your body fat percentage, the better. Men and women have different healthy ranges of body fat percentage.
This means that changes you see on the scale reflect the changes in your body composition - so tying this number to success or failure is an oversimplification that can be actually be more demotivating than anything else. You can tell very quickly by looking at your body in a mirror or noting how your clothes are fitting whether or not you are on track to a lower body fat percentage.
4. Get a friend involved.
Having a partner for your diet or workouts is a great way to stay motivated. You can take turns giving each other a push when needed. It’s also a great way to combine knowledge and learn different approaches and techniques to get the results you want.
Find someone you can trust and share as much as you are comfortable with them - including progress photos and workout logs. The more you both share with each other, the more invested you are in each other’s success.
Fitness, working out, and pushing yourself are vulnerable things. Often times when pushing our body physically, we have to push through emotional pain. A good workout partner can help you work through these moments - and you can help them.
5. Wear something to remind you of your goals.
“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”
Wearing something like a bracelet or necklace can be an effective and intimate way to remind yourself of what you want most. Every time you glance down at it throughout the day, you will think about why you started your journey.
At FitLife, we make high-quality bracelets and necklaces with the intent of providing you with effortless motivation throughout your daily life during any occasion - from a tough workout at the gym to a formal dinner.
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