When you’re about to hit the gym for a workout session or the road for a run, all kinds of excuses can cross your mind to keep you from leaving the comfort of your house. In such instances, getting a dose of fitness motivation becomes critical, which is why I’m writing this post. Hopefully, once you reach the end of this motivational boost, you’ll gather enough energy to wear your gym clothes and leave your couch.
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”John F. Kennedy
How Can You Stay Motivated?
Here are my top five pieces of advice when someone asks for a dose of fitness motivation:
Visualization has been used by experts in different fields for decades, and it’s an excellent way to prepare your body both physically and psychologically for the workout session that’s waiting for you. It’s pretty simple. Just close your eyes, and imagine what it would be like to achieve your goal or finish your training session. Imagine the satisfaction that you’re going to get, and your body will beg you to start touching the iron.
“When you visualize, then you materialize.”Denis Waitley
Setting goals is one thing, and achieving them is a whole different ball game, one that you can’t master if you’re not realistic. To achieve success in the fitness field, or any area for that matter, you need to be realistic when setting your goals and take the process gradually. If you’ve never touched a dumbbell before, don’t just throw six training session in your weekly schedule. That’s a shortcut to failure, and a sure way to burn out. Instead, start small, then add more activities and sessions as you grow stronger and more committed.
“Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.”Venus Williams
Dress for a Workout, Even If You’re Not Feeling Like Hitting the Gym
Research has shown that dressing for a specific activity can fuel your ambition to go through with it. Besides, once you put on your sweatshirt or yoga pants, you’ve already done half the work. All that’s left is for you to run a few miles and voila!
“Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive.”Karl Lagerfeld
Make a Plan
How many times have you actually went through with something to the end without a plan? Not many, I bet. Planning is the essence of any activity, so don’t just hit the gym whenever you feel like it. Instead, make a plan, and your brain (and therefore body) will be committed to sticking to it.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Change Your Routine
One of the things that may put you off when trying to hit the gym is the routine. Doing the same exercises every time can become boring quite quickly. To overcome such an issue, rotate your exercises, re-arrange the order, and substitute alternatives every now and then. That way, you’ll keep both your mind and body invested in the activity.
“Sports should not become routine. It should be about passion.”Kapil Dev