So you have decided to give yourself a new challenge or you have started your fitness journey altogether – huge congratulations! There are two difficult parts of a fitness journey – starting in the first place and carrying on when you start to find your motivation wobbling.
There are many different ways we can use to keep us on track, the trick is to find something that works for us. What works for one person may not work for you so try different methods! Below I give you some ideas of what you can try:
WRITE IT DOWN
Write down what you want to achieve – it makes you more accountable and you have a physical goal in front of you to work towards. This can be anything from working out one more day a week to running a marathon. Goals do not have to be extravagant!
You can get planners which are solely dedicated to recording your workouts. Paperchase have a number of journals for yoga, running or general exercise and diet. Kikki K has pretty workout diaries and Daily Greatness have a number of planners for yoga, training and wellness.
Following on from the point above, write down how you are going to reach your goal but in smaller, manageable steps – just like stepping stones. When goals are split into smaller steps it doesn’t seem so daunting.
Keep in mind that in life it is very rare for plans to go exactly to plan, and there may be obstacles in the way at some points. DON’T get discouraged if you need to change your path along the way. See it as a lesson and opportunity for growth.
When you plan your week, make sure you are scheduling your workouts into it. That way you are more accountable to get to the gym. If we left going to the gym for when we felt like it we probably wouldn’t go as often.
Scheduling in your workout time gives you the freedom to then plan other things around it instead of feeling like you are squeezed for time to get a workout in.
CHANGE IT UP
Repetition can = boredom, so make sure to change up your workouts from time to time. Do you normally go for a run? Why not try a swim. If you strength train in the weight rooms why not challenge yourself to a spin class.
It is good for the body to change up your normal routine so you are really challenging yourself, but it is also great for the mind so you don’t feel like it is a chore and like you are doing the same routine time and time again.
RE-EVALUATE GOALS OFTEN
If you have already started your fitness journey it is important to keep updating your goals throughout. As you increase in strength your goals for how much you want to lift will obviously change. If you have started running to aim to run a 5km race yet you find yourself doing that pretty easily, why not change your goal to a 10km race?
Keeping ourselves challenged creates motivation and keeps it fun and different.
Remember to celebrate your victories however small!
If you’re feeling proud of yourself why not treat yourself to something – whether that be a sports bra you’ve been eyeing up, a sweater you love to look of or a family pack of chocolate.
HELP & ADVICE
Personal trainers have a lot of knowledge and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Maybe you want to do a deadlift and you’ve never done one before. This would be a great time to grab a personal trainer in the gym to check your form so you don’t injure yourself.
Or maybe you have been working out on your own doing your own workouts for 12 weeks and not seeing as much progress as you’d like. This could be a great time to sign up for 6 weeks or so with a trainer or find a new workout programme online to use.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, but make sure they are professionals and are qualified!
DON’T BE HARD ON YOURSELF
Something we probably all struggle with thanks to our brains loving to fall into the comparison trap.
We are all probably guilty of looking at fitness accounts on Instagram and thinking why don’t I look like that or I will never be able to look as good as her. REMEMBER – we are all different, genetics come into play and I hate to say it but you never really know what images have been altered or not. So don;t be so hard on yourself and love your body!
KNOW WHEN TO REST
Don’t fall the hole of obsessive training and restrictive eating. I fell down this hole a couple of years ago and if anything it pushed me even further back from my goals because I was unhealthy and had to start from scratch.
Resting and recovering is just as important of training in the first place, so schedule in your rest days too.