Getting up and working out is easier said than done. It’s definitely not something that generally comes naturally to many people, if any! You have to work to like fitness, just as much as you have to work to get abs, sculpted legs and strong arms. Day one is a piece of cake. If you’re anything like me, you’re full of motivation and feel inspired by every ‘fit quote’ and post-workout smoothie you see on Instagram. But further down the line, your motivation begins to drop. We’ve all been there. It’s annoying and frustrating and you can’t help but feel defeated, but the important thing is not to see it as a twenty-foot wall, but instead see it as a small fence. Nothing worth having comes easy, as they say, and this is precisely why you need to keep your mindset fresh to prevent yourself from quitting the minute things get tough.
FINDING YOUR MOTIVATION
I don’t know about you, but my motivation changes like the wind. Before Christmas it was to make it onto The Body Coach’s Instagram (I did, if you’re wondering), in January it was to take my results from the 90 Day SSS Plan and run with them to get even leaner, then I booked a holiday, and ever since that has been my motivation. It’s pretty generic as motivational goals go, but a holiday is such a prime example. For me, the thought of standing there on a stunning Mexican beach feeling uncomfortable and frumpy in my bikini is awful. I’ve been there before, and it’s not fun. In fact, thinking about it, I don’t think I’ve ever felt good in a bikini on holiday. How sad is that? Can I go back to being a child, when my biggest concern on holiday was if I was going to be allowed a third ice-cream? My point is, find your motivation, and make it a good one. It has to be good enough to motivate you for several weeks at the very least.
FUELING YOUR MOTIVATION
Do whatever it takes to fuel your motivation. If it’s a holiday, buy a bikini. If it’s to hit a new PB, buy yourself a snazzy notebook so you can log every workout. If it’s a sporting event, then buy a gadget to monitor your workouts. I bought my Fitbit (which is currently on offer, FYI) to see how many calories I burn, and how hard my heart is working. Comparing each workout is great because you can really see what pushes you, and what doesn’t quite challenge you as much as you thought it would. Swimwear has just come into shops too, so I spent a small fortune on two beautiful bikinis from River Island and am now using them as my ultimate motivation for #ProjectMexicoBody – as Darryl and I call it. Seriously, treat yourself to something that will help you achieve your goals, and you’ll be all the more determined to work as hard as you possibly can.
SUPPORTING YOUR MOTIVATION
Sorry to break it to you, but motivation alone isn’t going to be enough to get you to your goal. You do actually have to put the work in and keep things fresh with your training, and of course your diet. Did you know that 80% of your success with fitness is down to your diet? Eat well, workout often, and you’ll get there. It really is as simple as that. Typical me has a habit of over complicating the situation and thinking “well surely there’s more to it than that?”. There really isn’t, and that’s something I’m still trying to get my head around. One thing to remember is that it will take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your body isn’t any different. Give it time and the results will come, you just have to trust the process.
I hope this helps anyone who is looking to get a little fitter and healthier for summer, a special event, a holiday or just for themselves. Let me know if you have any questions! Don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.