Staying Motivated is Important!
Every. Single. Person who has ever set out on the journey to get in shape has struggled with maintaining to motivation to actually accomplish their goals. You are not alone. You are not a failure. You are totally normal. You WILL meet your goals! How do I know? You’re reading this post, so clearly the desire is there! Now we just need to find the best way to keep you moving towards accomplishing your goal so we can get you to a point of maintenance. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to staying motivated, some people don’t have to work as hard at it as others, and everyone responds a little differently to each approach to motivation. Here are some things to try if you’re having trouble making fitness a habit.
- Break it down– Perhaps you’re discouraged because what you’re trying to do is a little too much. Maybe you’ve decided you need to change your diet, get back in the gym, drink more water and get more sleep all at the same time. These are all GREAT things to work on, but maybe not all at once. Creating positive habits, especially those that are especially hard/painful like a diet chance or getting into shape, are major lifestyle changes. Some people find it easier if they break each one down, make the change over a month, and then introduce another goal. To increase the motivation, choose goals that are a little easier to meet, like drinking more water, doing ten pushups in a row, working up to a 1 min plank, or exercising for 10-15 minutes a day first, before tackling harder goals like a diet change.
- Try a 30 Day Challenge– Start with one exercise and look for improvement there. A squat or plank challenge is a great place to start (both are excellent for building a foundation to build on later!). Pinterest and Facebook are full of these challenges, you can also find them on the subscription side of this website! This can be a great way to get started that only takes a few minutes and basically guarantees you results in 30 days!
- Reevaluate how you view “Results”– I know a lot of people who get discouraged when they don’t get their desired results in a few weeks or months, which is understandable! Keep in mind as you embark on this goal that everybody responds to exercise and diet differently, and not everyone is going to come out of this looking like a fitness model (I know a few, and trust me, even THEY can’t sustain the diet required to look the way they do in photos!). Focus first in increasing your ability- do 10 more bodyweight squats, bench 10 more pounds, do 15 more pushups, etc. You will see neuromuscular adaptation (increased strength) in two weeks if you remain consistent, that’s a really short amount of time!!! After about a month you will start to see physical changes- a note about this, increased lean muscle mass increases the number of calories you burn at rest… more muscle is NOT a bad thing!!
- Lastly, hire a personal trainer! – What better way to get yourself going than to have someone else (that is not a friend with the same goals and challenges) to hold you accountable? You can hire someone in person, which I highly recommend if you have no experience with weightlifting; or you can hire an online trainer. Make sure you do your research and don’t just hire someone because you like what they look like. Your body may not respond to exercise and diet like theirs did. Look for someone with a background in nutrition, a general personal training certification and strength and conditioning coaching. Strength and conditioning coaches are trained to focus on functional fitness and injury prevention. If you find someone with a background in a diverse amount of sports, then you’ve found someone who can adapt what they know to a variety of purposes. For my online clients, I utilize an app that can remind my clients when it’s time to work out, and that sends me updates directly about whether or not you worked out when you were supposed to! So far I’ve gotten really great feedback from clients about the accountability features of the app, you might even read a few of their success stories in the coming months!
Don’t forget to check out my Personal Training section on the website for more tips and tricks to stay in shape and great exercises to get started with! If you’re interested in becoming a Personal Training by Jog Up client, message me on the Contact Us page or visit JogUpPersonalTraining.Trainerize.com!