Do you have a gym membership but struggle to make use of it because you lack the motivation to workout? Did you set fitness goals for this year but are already battling to meet them because motivation has somehow fizzled? Do you want to exercise regularly but can’t seem to find the time to do so? Well, many of us battle with staying on top of our fitness goals because life can at times be hectic and at the end of the day, you just want to go home, eat and sleep. Sometimes what we need to stay on top of fitness goals is just motivation and these workout motivation tips will change your mindset when you really don’t feel like getting into gear.
Know your ‘why’
This is really vital to meeting your fitness goals. You need to have a ‘why’. Why do you want to exercise regularly? Why did you sign up for gym membership? Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to make healthier choices? Your answer to your why will determine how much you want it and how far you are willing to go to get it. If your why is lame, you will easily give up. It may not be today nor tomorrow, but you will eventually give up. And if you don’t have a why yet, sit down, think about it and once it has clicked, write it down where you can see it every day.
Set realistic fitness goals
Putting goals in place will help with staying on track. If your goal is to lose weight, set goals of how much weight you want to be shedding weekly or monthly. Workout, eat right to hit those numbers. And once you start seeing the results, motivation will skyrocket! Set short-term and long-term goals, make sure they are attainable and be serious about achieving them. Small victories lead to bigger and greater victories!
Exercise first thing in the morning
People usually skip on hitting the gym because they leave it to the end of the day when they have been beaten blue by life’s chores. Working out requires energy and if at the end of each day, your energy is sapped out, you will find more reasons to hit the couch than the gym. Workout first thing in the morning. Make this your ‘me’ time. Make preparations the night before, sleep in your workout clothes if you have to. Stop hitting the snooze button on your alarm and just get up and get it done! A number of things that will get in the way of your exercise time in the mornings are far lesser than what may later in the day. Drink coffee, drink pre-workout, eat a banana; do whatever it is that will give you a buzz in the morning.
Get enough sleep
Go to bed early and get quality sleep. Sleep is great for exercise motivation as you will be more alert mentally after sufficient rest. I have found that on days that I just can’t sleep at night, I become sluggish the following day. My motivation to workout drops right next to zero. I become less energetic, cranky and tend to eat everything in sight.
Plan your workouts in advance
Don’t just rock up at the gym and expect your workout to flow. Plan ahead and know what you are going to do when you get there. You will waste a lot of time trying to figure out what to do next while in the gym. People with no plan in the gym, I have noticed, like wasting other people’s time. Because they have no clue what they are there for, they will chat up everyone in their sight. Don’t be this person. Write down the exercises you will be doing each day and if you have no clue where to start, hire a personal trainer to get you going.
The best workout motivation tips I will leave with you:
If it is important to you, you will find a way!
You have to find motivation within yourself. Don’t look for outside sources!