When trying to lose weight or reach a fitness goal one of the hardest parts is staying motivated.
Everyone has started going to the gym or tried a weight loss diet…
...but the trouble is keeping it going.
When times are tough it is easy to crumble and give up.
And without proper planning and preparation, it is always going to be the easiest option.
Yet how can you keep yourself pushing through so you get the results you want?
The key is staying motivated and below I’m going to show you the best ways to keep your head in the game, so you can keep on keeping on.
Set yourself a goal
Starting yourself off with a goal is the best way to start.
If you just say “I want to lose weight” that isn’t a proper goal.
That could mean you would stop after you lost a pound…
...or maybe 2 pounds?
...or maybe 2 stone?
You need to know in your head what your goal is.
That way you have something to aim for, so when the going gets tough you can think about what you set out to achieve.
Also, this needs to be realistic.
You need to set a fitness goal you can actually achieve.
Sure, most people would love to lose 2 stone in 2 weeks.
But it just isn’t going to happen.
When putting a time frame on your goal, make sure it averages around 1lb weight loss per week.
So to lose a stone that would be 14 weeks.
This is a realistic way of setting your goal, plus it’s attainable to lose 1lb a week which will keep you motivated.
Have some fun
When you exercise consistently you are going to start getting the results.
But it is also where most people fall down.
They start off well, exercising regularly but after a while, it all goes downhill.
Because you are not making exercise fun.
If you actually begin to enjoy exercise you will keep going back and start consistently getting the results you want.
So start by doing exercise you enjoy.
A lot of people start running as they see it as the only way to lose weight.
Well if you don’t enjoy running, you’re not going to keep on doing it (so you won’t get the results).
So start something you do enjoy.
Exercise classes are a great way to get fit as they offer a fun way to lose weight.
Plus someone just tells you what to do and they are offered week in week out.
What is even better you can do it with your friends.
That way you are kept more accountable and can have more fun while getting fit.
What is even better for your motivation than just setting a goal?
Getting rewarded for it!
It’s all well and good wanting to improve your health but really, deep down, all of us would like to reward ourselves with something.
And there is nothing wrong with that.
If you’ve worked hard for over 3 months and managed to lose a stone, reward yourself.
Please note that this doesn’t have to be done with food.
Why not -
Buy yourself some new clothes
Treat yourself to a day out
Or (if you do like food) go out for a nice (not massive) meal
If you’ve managed to lose weight, it will feel great to buy a new top in a smaller size.
Whatever it is that you want to reward yourself with, it is going to motivate you to reach that goal.
Fit it around your lifestyle
How can you make even easier than having to stay motivated all the time?
Just imagine if you didn’t have to think about it.
Making a healthy diet and exercise plan that works around you is going to help you stay on track without needing as much motivation.
It’s much easier to do 20 minute HIIT workouts when you are pushed for time, rather than having a plan which forces you to spend two hours in the gym every day.
That’s because it works around you.
If you only have one break at work, you can’t be expected to be able to eat four smaller meals in that at work.
If you tried to, it would be a struggle, not fit in with your life and it would demotivate you.
Make it fit around you and your lifestyle, not the other way around.
Yes, there will be some sacrifice but it shouldn’t flip your world upside down.
There is nothing worse than being on a strict diet and having some delicious looking foods in front of you.
Being in that situation is going to kill your motivation.
Why do most people give up when dieting?
Because they don’t want to have to restrict themselves on what they eat.
So why not be a little more flexible?
First of all, this doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want.
Instead, it means in certain situations it may be ok to indulge a little…
...especially if it keeps you on track for the long run.
What is worse is if you remain super strict but then give up completely after a few days or weeks.
Having no flexibility is going to mean you eventually have to give up.
And not eating any bad foods is not a lifestyle you can maintain for the rest of your life.
Instead, being more flexible is ok.
That way you can keep it up and the progress you make can be maintained.