Whether you want to lose belly fat, build muscle or tone your thighs, you need to stay motivated and inspired to give each workout your best shot. While there will be days where you feel de-motivated and tired, the key to success lies in consistency and in finding motivation when you’re feeling down.
Even before you decide to start exercising and changing your old habits, you should determine your “Why” or the reason you’re setting out to commit to a healthier lifestyle. This is, perhaps, the most important step towards achieving your goals. If your ‘why’ is flimsy and on the surface such as wanting to get fit for abs on the beach, or for a girl or for your wedding photo, the chances are your resolve will break within the first few weeks or months.
You need to dig deeper and ask yourself how you’re going to benefit from your commitment and what your real reasons are for wanting to transform your life. Do this, and when the time comes and you’re feeling down and unmotivated, you’ll hear a strong voice from within urging to take one more step towards your goals.
Know your “Why”? Now, it’s time to create a plan to achieve your goals. We’ve also included some pointers to help you get of the rut and find motivation and inspiration:
4 Keys To Staying Motivated & Inspired To Exercise
1. Set Goals
Setting exercise goals is extremely important to achieving success. Before starting an exercise program, sit, relax and know your requirements. Once you have outlined your goals, select workout equipment and perform activities in a definite way for your acquiring goals. It is also important that you create your programme to include smaller bench mark goals (on a monthly or weekly basis) to keep your spirits high and your mind focused on the ahead. For example, if you’re overall goal is lose ...to say 50 pounds in the year, then by setting a target of 1 pound a week or 4 pounds a month, you can celebrate each small achievement which will give you the fuel you need to keep moving ahead with confidence.
2. Change Your Thinking
If you think you can, you definitely can. A lot of us spend a lot of effort and energy on criticism and negative self-talk. And, since most of this is subconscious or in the background, we rarely even realize the myriad ways in which inhibit and limit ourselves. The first step is to become aware of this negative chatter and then recognize certain repetitive patterns. It helps to write it all down, so you know how you’re sabotaging your own efforts.
It is important, and quite liberating, to learn that we created those thoughts (albeit with some help from our close friends and family) and thought patterns, and therefore we can change them. With practice and some effort, we can change the entire way we think and adopt a whole new approach to living life.
3. Keep Good Company
Influence plays a huge role in determining our levels of motivation and therefore our success. Just look around you and you’ll realize that you are to a large extent the product of the environment you live in. By environment, I mean the kind of people you associate with on a daily basis and the culture you are exposed to. If you want to excel in your exercise, whatever it may be, whether power lifting, running, cross fit or whatever else, you should surround yourself with people who are focused and extremely good at what they do. Trust me, it’s no secret, if you want to be the best and achieve the best, spend some time with the best and it’ll rub off.
4. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
Yes, routine and consistency are important, but overkill can not only inhibit results, it can also leave you feeling exhausted and uninspired. Every once in a while it is important to take a break from it all, including your life goals and plans. Taking a trip out into the wilderness, up in the mountains or to a nearby lake can help shift your perspective, fill you with new energy and a greater zest to resume your goals and work.
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Andrew is the founder and CEO at Aim Workout. As a passionate fitness professional and tri-athlete, there is no adventure he won’t embark on. From mountain biking, deep sea diving, rock climbing and cycling to boxing and mixed martial arts, Andrew has a penchant for the wild and extreme.