New year, new you. Right?
We’re all for it. Some of the most inspiring physical transformations have come out of New Year’s resolutions. It’s going to take hard work, dedication, and a fair amount of sweat to change your habits and become the best version of yourself. But, it’s going to be worth it.
That being said, there will be ups and downs. Listen, that’s normal. We’re human, not perfection. To help keep you going when you’re feeling stuck in a rut, we made a list of workout motivation tips. Read on for some inspiration of how to kick ass and work hard all year long.
Make a List
Whether your goal is to gain strength, lose weight, prepare for a competition, or simply be more active, if you’re in the gym, you’ve got one. Taking a few moments to sit down and create a list of why you want to reach this goal is crucial. Get specific!
If you want to lose weight, maybe you’re hoping to no longer feel winded going up the stairs, fit into a bridesmaid’s dress for your friend’s upcoming wedding, and gain confidence to get back on the dating scene. If you’re trying to train for a competition, perhaps you are looking to cut weight and further define your glute muscles.
Whatever your list is, look at it every morning and then throughout the day when you need a little more motivation. Trying to avoid the leftover birthday cake a coworker brought in? Read your list. Feeling tired after a long day of work, not wanting to get to the gym? Read your list. More times than not, it’s going to give you that extra boost of workout motivation you need to get to the gym and put in the work.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your ideal body won’t be, either. Whatever your goal is, it’s going to take time to reach it. A good way to do this and maintain your motivation along the way is to break your ultimate goal down into smaller, more achievable goals. Focusing on accomplishing these mini goals will keep you on track toward reaching your big one.
Additionally, it’s good to start small in order to make your new habits stick. If you immediately jump into eating clean, working out every day for two hours, and quitting all of your bad habits at the same time, you run the risk of getting burned out. Burnout is a progress killer. Thus, make small changes and keep up with them consistently. Try adopting a good habit or letting go of a bad one every few weeks. When it comes to getting healthy, slow and steady wins the race.
Be Active Every Day
If your obstacle is committing to working out, make a pact with yourself that at the same time every single day you’re going to do something active. Whether that’s going to the gym, taking a walk, or stretching.
Even on your rest days, you can do a low-intensity workout like a walk or light yoga. This is called active recovery. You’re still moving, but you’re not pushing yourself to your limits. Doing this will help you build the habit of doing something physically active every day.
Switch up Diet & Exercise
It happens to the best of us. You’re keeping up with your exercise routine and eating habits. Things are going well, and then all of a sudden they’re not. You’re not losing weight or gaining muscle. You feel stuck. What’s happening? You’re plateauing.
When you plateau, your body is telling you that you need to switch it up. Whether that’s cutting or adding extra calories, trying a new routine at the gym, or exploring a tactic like intermittent fasting. You’ve got to introduce another element to your routine. It doesn’t have to be a big change, but it’s got to be something.
Reach Out for Support
We all need a little positive reinforcement sometimes. It’s okay to reach out when you are struggling. People want you to succeed (and if they don’t, it’s time to seriously reconsider your relationship with them). Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and admit you need some reassurance. Whether it’s via an online support community, your friends, your significant other, your family, etc., it’s always okay to ask for some support.
Be Kind to Yourself
You’re not going to get anywhere tearing yourself apart for not living up to expectations of perfection. It’s not about perfection. It’s about consistency. There will be times you still make less than healthy choices. That’s okay! Keep going. Pick yourself back up. Make a healthier choice next time. Recognize you slipped and move forward. We’re only human. Not perfect.
We want you to succeed. If you have questions. want to learn more about reaching your fitness goals, or need a little workout motivation, give us a shout. We’re here to help you make serious progress in 2018.