For most people the problem isn’t getting motivated at first it is staying motivated to workout after the initial feeling of doing something new and exciting wears off. If you go to any gym in January you will see that they are packed and as the months go on there are less and less people at the gym. By the end of February the gym is probably half full. People just have trouble motivating themselves. I have come up with some tips that will help you to stay motivated or even get re-motivated.
10 Tips for Staying Motivated to Workout
Have A Goal
I’ve talked to many people that are working out or starting to workout and most haven’t set goals. That’s the reason that many people are not motivated. There is no real reason for them to workout. If they said my goal is to lose 20lbs than they have a reason.
Set A Date
Goals are great but they are just dreams if you don’t have a date that you want to reach them by. A great way to get motivated with a date is to plan an event or book a vacation.
I am currently working towards my goal for my vacation next week. It has kept me inspired and motivated during the winter months which is usually the time that I am least motivated. It does also help that the people I am going on vacation with are all getting in great shape for the cruise as well.
Take Before Pictures
I hear a lot of people talking about how they had such a great, inspiring transformation but they were too insecure to take before pictures. Once they have reached their goal they wish they would have taken them. Don’t be one of those people. You don’t have to show those pictures to anyone but keep them for yourself so you can see if you are making any progress and motivate you to make a change.
Put Your Scale Away
Get off the scale! I hear people depressed and discouraged because they got on the scale and their weight went up. Don’t get on the scale every day. Weigh yourself the first time and don’t get back on for 4 weeks. Make sure to weigh yourself with the same clothes and at the same time as the first time.
Weigh yourself when you first get up after you have gone to the bathroom. This way there isn’t any food or drinks tampering with your numbers so they are as accurate as possible.
Sign Up For A Transformation Contest
Transformation contests are great. I never got great results until I used a transformation contest. Even if you don’t win, you still win because of the results you achieve.
The Beachbody Challenge is a transformation contest people can enter to win cash prizes and everyone who enters also gets a free T-shirt for the program they are doing. It’s a win-win situation.
Buy New Clothes
Go an buy some expensive item of clothing that you really want but doesn’t fit you yet. Your goal is to be able to fit into it. This only works if your goal is to lose weight.
Try A New Workout
I find that when I’ve been doing a workout for too long I start to get bored of it. If I looked back at the times in my life that I worked out and made a graph it would have a lot of peaks and valleys. The valleys are the times that I didn’t work out at all. I always seem to be motivated for about 9 months and then take a rest for 3 months. It’s hard to stay motivated all the time. I would recommend if you are on a workout program to switch it up every 3 months to keep it fresh and challenging.
If you created your own workout and you are doing the same workouts each week you should probably change them after 4-5 weeks. You’ll notice that this is what all the top workout programs do. T25 has 2 cycles that are 5 weeks each. P90X3 has 3 blocks that are 4-5 weeks each. Body Beast, Les Mills Combat, 21 Day Fix, Insanity,… the list goes on. Do you see a trend?
In the internet age that we are in it is easy to find support online. Many people are creating support groups with friends or even joining challenge groups of others that are doing a transformation as well.
If you are already using a Beachbody Program (P90X, Insanity, Focus T25, Hip Hop Abs, P90X3, ) and you aren’t already working with a coach then you can sign me up as your free coach and join our group on Facebook or Google+. SIGN UP HERE!
This should be an easy one as well. Social media makes this an easy task. No matter where you are you can check your phone and see someone posting something inspiring. There are tonnes of quotes, pics and tips out there to inspire you.
Help Someone Else
Becoming a Beachbody coach has helped me stay consistent and motivated. I have no choice but to do my workout every day because if I don’t I won’t be inspiring others to do theirs. I also get inspired and pushed by other coaches in my coach group as well. Many people that are I’m helping are changing their lives and that just motivates me to help more people.