If you’re a fitness enthusiast, you’re probably used to getting up bright and early in the morning. You get your caffeine fix, grab your gym bag, and head on to break a few sweats at the gym. That’s an excellent routine for sure, but are you consistent at it?
We believe working out is easier than being consistent, as sometimes, your motivation levels can take a hit. So, what do you do when that happens? When your alarm buzzes and you stare at your gym bag with one eye open, consider why you ever got a gym membership.
This is rather common, and luckily for you, you’re not alone. Staying motivated throughout your fitness journey isn’t the easiest, but fortunately for you, there are ways you now can. Stay tuned until the end to come across a few hacks to keep yourself motivated during your fitness regimes.
Break The Loop
Everybody has a few rules set up for themselves when they have a vision. Now, when your vision starts to become bleak - in this case, your vision to achieve a particular body type; we’re afraid you’ll have to break the loop of following a set of hard and fast rules. Rules are great indeed – they keep you in check, and they keep you going. However, to overcome your lack of consistency or motivation, you’ll need to stop with those mechanic rules, such as, “I’ll go to the gym from Monday” or “It’s after 7 PM, can’t work out at night.” These rules allow you to take a back seat and prevent you from achieving what you had originally planned.
A Little Friendly Competition Never Hurt Anyone
We’re not saying to embark on an out-and-out rivalry, but looking out for some competition that is clearly killing it at the gym might ignite a fire within you, too, that may lead you to higher levels of motivation. The person running on the treadmill right next to you – how many minutes are they running for? Can you run for the same time, if not more? Ask yourself these questions, and try to beat yourself at your own game of lacking the required motivation. Watching out for how others are staying motivated will give you a bigger push as well, as you don’t want to be lesser than anyone, and you’re not. So, compete in some healthy competition to get your groove back.
Find A Support System That Keeps You Going
A friend or a group of people who keep cheering you on are very important for your confidence levels. It positively impacts your mindset when your close ones tell you how great you’re looking after your vigorous session at the gym. In addition, whenever you feel like quitting, they’ll be there to remind you of a hundred reasons why it’s such a bad idea. Find people who bring out the best in you, motivate you, and ensure you don’t become lazy at achieving your fitness goals. When you have such a person or people right next to you, you’d want to do your best as disappointing them isn’t something you’ll want to do. So, find your group of cheerleaders to keep staying motivated.
Stop Making Fitness About Your Looks
Hey, we all work out to look a certain way, which can be a great motivation. But sometimes, the outcome may be a little different than the desired result. The thing is, fitness isn’t something you do just for the day or a few; it literally is a lifestyle that can take some time to drive out results that you have in mind. That is why it’s better not to make fitness about your appearance, as it may demotivate you if you don’t have your desired body type in due time. Learn to trust the process and make smaller goals to stay motivated. For example, run five minutes extra on the treadmill, or do another set of five reps. When you can achieve smaller goals, you will only then find the motivation to achieve bigger ones.
Trail Your Fitness Journey on Social Media
As we all know, social media is the number one platform to access when you want to make people learn something. We now live in a world where leaving a digital footprint is key to achieving a certain level of success. So, since that’s prevalent, why not take advantage of it? Post photos of you breaking some sweats at the gym, create fitness vlogs detailing your routine and regimes. Tell your followers the best workouts and the ones that aren’t so useful. The more you do that, the more motivated you’ll feel as people will ask you questions about it – giving you a push to do more and achieve more.
Make Bets with Your Friends
If you’re currently facing some lack of motivation to keep ahead of your fitness goals, you might want to change things up a little. We mean, challenge yourself by betting with your friends if you’ll achieve a certain goal (small or big) throughout the day.
- Bet 1: Will you be able to wake up on your alarm?
- Bet 2: Will you drag yourself out of bed and head to the gym?
- Bet 3: Will you be able to work out for an hour straight without distractions?
You might not wake up with your motivation fully stacked, but when there’s money on the line, you won’t lose the bet, now would you? So, to keep yourself motivated throughout your fitness journey, it’s important to shake things up if you’re someone who experiences a lack of motivation required to keep up with your fitness pace. Losing motivation is not the problem, but gaining it back is!
Having our motivation hit the wall is something we all face – it makes you normal. However, the will to find it back is the real challenge that you need to overcome. And it’s not so hard if you really think about it. Just remind yourself of why you started your fitness journey in the first place. Remind yourself of how you see yourself in the next few years. Do that, and all of the ways mentioned above, and you’re good to go to stay motivated during your fitness journey. Hopefully, after reading this, you’ll wake up with higher motivation levels instead of snoozing off your alarm every five minutes.
See you at the gym!