People often say the motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
Even the most dedicated super athletes require regular doses of serious motivation. In fact, they probably need more than the average person.
Do you have a fitness idol? That cursed friend, sibling or trainer who appears to effortlessly engage in exercise and reap all the brilliant benefits without ever seeming to struggle with commitment? Do they never seem to have ‘off’ days where they look miserable about being in the gym? Do they never fall off the wagon, refusing to let vacations, busyness or the holidays derail their progress?
It’s not that it’s that easy for them. The couch calls just as loudly to their tired and achy bodies as it does to yours. The biggest problem these fitness gurus have solved is how to stay motivated.
They understand that motivation (just like that morning shower) will simply NOT stay fresh unless it is deliberately maintained. Motivation isn’t a one shot deal. A commercial, a great quote, or a health scare can all be great jumping off points but it won’t take long before the single effect from that one form of inspiration will begin to fade.
Not to fear, though, you just have to pursue the types of motivation that work for you and continually keep showering yourself with it. Don’t stick to one kind – have back ups. If your only motivation is seeing the numbers on the scale get smaller, you risk a huge setback if you plateau in your weight loss.
Find words, pictures and stories that inspire you. Quotes are great – succinct little combinations of words that powerfully convey truths. They can be perfect to help light your fire and remind you that you have no excuses. Keep them front and center on your computer, your phone and on sticky notes. When you feel your yourself starting to lose your will, refer back to them. Its also great to find stories of people overcoming adversity with a positive attitude and perseverance. Seeing their strength helps remind us what we as humans (YOU) are capable of and helps fuel our resolve to become our best!
Set progressive fitness goals. Set one, achieve it and set another. That way you always have a focus. Maybe it is to do double time every other bell, a full two minutes of sit ups or throw a roundhouse head height – the options are endless. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself every time you reach a goal!
Spend time around people who push you. Training with others that you respect and who may be further along in their fitness journey is awesome incentive. It shows you what is possible! Your Hit is crammed full of remarkable ladies who have been right where you are at and know how to be encouraging. When it comes to motivation, it’s okay to let others do some of the work for you!