I’m sure everyone has heard the expression ‘summer bodies are made in winter’ and no doubt when January started, we we’re all very determined that 2018 would be our year, and that we would finally work hard and get the summer body of our dreams. And this was all true…for a few weeks anyway, but now its February and you’re sick of dieting, the summer body doesn’t feel like its even trying to make an appearance and the idea of going to the gym on a Monday night is just too much to bare. I know, I know. I am right there with you. Finding the motivation to to stick to a new fitness regime is really hard. I have lost count of the times my friends and I have messaged each other saying “right that’s it, I’m really going to do it this time, I’ve going to transform myself, I’m sick of feeling this way” and then losing motivation after a few weeks.
So, what is the best way to stay motivated and stick to a new fitness regime? I’m not saying I have the definitive answers, believe me! I have given up so many times and had to restart all over again, but there have been times when I have motivated myself to keep going and achieved my goals, and these are the things that did it for me. Hopefully they can help motivate you to achieve your fitness goals too.
- Set a goal. Its so much easier to stick to a new fitness regime if you have something to work toward. Whether that’s running a new distance, lifting a certain weight or being able to do a headstand in yoga, setting a goal allows you to focus and when you achieve it you’ll feel amazing.
- Enlist a friend. Girls that work out together, stay together! My bestie and I are always motivating each other when it comes to working out. If one of us doesn’t feel like going to the gym, the other is always there with encouragement to make sure we do. It’s always good to have someone who can hold you accountable.
- Don’t go too fast. One of the worst things you can do is go too hard too fast. It can result in injuries and in all likelihood you’ll burn out and just give up. If you have never worked out before and suddenly start going to the gym four times a week for an hour, you’ll end up doing more bad then good. Start slow with and build up to your goal.
- Try out a PT. If you’re stuck in a rut, a PT is a great way to achieve a new goal, learn some new workouts and stay motivated. They can be pricey but sometimes you only need a few sessions to learn whats what and then you can go it alone.
- Treat yourself to new workout clothes. If you look good, you feel good. If I’ve got some nice workout clothes to wear whilst i sweat it out in the gym, I always find the experience a little bit more bearable.
- Put together the perfect motivational gym playlist. For me, the right playlist needs to have loud, fast bangers like Titanium by David Guetta & Sia, and Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys. If a slow song comes on, that’s it, my workout motivation is gone.
- Get tracking. Sometimes it’s not always easy to see our progress, especially if all we are going off is what we see in the mirror. Keeping track of how far you’ve run, the weight you’ve lost, etc. can really help to keep you motivated with a new fitness regime.
- Don’t be afraid to try something new. I have definitely not gone to a fitness class at the gym because I’ve been too scared. I was worried that people would be staring at me and that’d I’d be rubbish, but you know what, once I worked up the courage to finally go, I actually really enjoyed it. No one was interested in me and yes at first I was a bit rubbish but it didn’t matter, I was doing it!
- It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice. Staying motivated with a new diet is so hard. All you can think about is what you cannot eat, how restricted your life is and when this diet will finally end. Instead, think of it as a new lifestyle choice meaning that instead of saying you cannot eat chocolate, say you’re choosing not to eat it and by choosing it means that if you occasionally want some then go ahead and eat it! It’s not the end of the world.
- Take a break. Sometimes you just got to take a day off. Whether its from the gym, the diet or both, its OK to relax and take some me time. It doesn’t mean you’re failing, it just means you’re taking care of yourself, which is very important.
Those are the things that help keep me motivated with a new fitness regime but what are yours? Let me know!