How do you find the motivation to exercise, and keep that motivation throughout a workout? These are key things I focus on when I find I'm struggling to stay on track.
- Think of the bigger picture. Why is it that you’re exercising in the first place? If you don’t have a goal it’s going to be a lot harder to stay motivated. Set out some health and fitness goals that you can focus on and remind yourself of before each training session.
- Find a training partner or someone who you can be accountable to. You’re more likely to stick with a training plan if someone else is helping you along the way and providing support.
- Set yourself rewards to enjoy after training. This may be something simple like a cup of coffee or a phone call to a friend. It might also be something more extravagant like new workout clothes or a rest day tomorrow. My theory is always work first and rest later.
- Find some competition. This may be against yourself, the clock, a friend, a stranger …. anything that makes you work that little bit harder and gives you a little more incentive to continue with your session.
- Add some variety into your training. Try a different walking route, gym, fitness class, new exercises… any sort of variety is great for the mind as well as training different muscle groups that your usual routine would.
- Think about how you feel AFTER you complete a fitness session. Think about the associated benefits that reflect on all aspects of your day – don’t you want to feel that way again?
- Picture yourself achieving your health and fitness goals. See where you are and what you are doing, how you’re feeling and how your life has changed. Now think again about what you have to do to achieve your goals.
If all else fail and you still don’t feel motivated to train, come to the realisation that some days are just going to be tougher than others and that’s just how it is. These are the days when you MAKE yourself train because that’s the RIGHT THING TO DO. Being lazy doesn’t help anyone achieve their goals - but consistency does.