10 ways to stay motivated about your training
Updated: May 2
1. Enlist the help of a Personal Trainer
A personal trainer will be able to show you the best exercises for you and they will teach you the proper technique to avoid injury and help you stick to your goals. There are many online personal trainers now so you can workout in the comfort of your own home.
2. Choose a workout that fits around your lifestyle
Trying to fit in exercise around a busy lifestyle can be difficult. If you’re busy with work, try to exercise in 5 min intervals - “it's an easy way to be consistent with fitness”.
If you travel a lot, try using portable exercise equipment.
3. Make an appointment to meet up and exercise with your friends
Exercising with friends can be fun and motivating. If you have someone relying on you to go to the gym or coming round for a home workout you’ll be less likely to cancel.
4. Set SMART goals
Be specific and clearly define your goal (weight loss, loss of inches, muscle growth)...
Make your goals measurable....
Your goals need to be achievable....
Your goals need to be relevant to you....
Goals should be time-specific....
Regularly reassess your progress.
5. Rest and recuperate
You should ensure you give your body adequate time to rest in order for your muscles to repair and for growth to take place. Exercising hard everyday can be as detrimental as not exercising at all. Listen to your body and if you are having an off-day, take it easy and rest.
6. Healthy eating
A moment on the lips…. We all know the saying! All your hard work will go to waste if you eat all of the calories you just worked so hard to burn off. In order to lose weight, calories in must be less than calories out. Eat small meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism going.
7. Use technology and gadgets
Gadgets can be really helpful when losing weight! Heart rate monitors, pedometers, calorie trackers and smart watches make exercise more exciting because you can see the results of your efforts and even compete against friends.
8. Money is a motivator
Quick wins help you stay motivated. Try putting a pound in a jar every time you workout. Use the money at the end of the month to reward yourself to a night out or a spa day. If you do really well you could go on a weekend away and show off your new physique.
9. Exercise to music
Make an exercise playlist with your favorite upbeat songs. Studies have found that both men and women who do their workouts to music, workout longer and at a higher intensity than those who workout in silence. It gives you something else to concentrate on other than the discomforts of exercise. It can also help with rhythm for reps and steps.
To prevent tedium you should change your workouts regularly. If your body only trains one set of muscles, your muscles will adapt to the monotony and you will stop seeing results. To avoid a dip in fitness gains make sure you incorporate different strength training, cardiovascular, balance, and flexibility exercises into your workout.