When it comes to training consistently to improve our physical condition, it is necessary to keep exercising to progress and obtain results. For this reason, perseverance is key, and to achieve this, we need to stay motivated. However, sometimes motivation can be hard to find, which is why in this article, I’m going to teach you how to stay motivated and keep your workouts fun and engaging.
Not everyone has daily exercise habits set, and for most people hitting the gym daily or even four times a week can be a real struggle. When this happens, it’s easy to find an excuse not to go and stay at home. In most cases, boredom is the root cause. So, let’s see what we can do when we lose motivation to work out.
Here’s a list of my top tips on how to stay motivated to work out:
- Do not make training a duty
Avoid turning the gym into an obligation. This is a common mistake most gym-goers (or better, gym-goers wannabes) usually make. If you want to make exercise a habit, you need to bear in mind that you’re doing this for yourself, not for other people. Working out is not a job, but rather a moment entirely for you and to better you.
For this reason, it must adapt to our lifestyle. So instead of viewing it as a burden, see it as an escape from routine and a chance to be with yourself. That time is for us to get to know ourselves better and love ourselves more.
- Book your workouts – Plan ahead
You can schedule your workouts in. You can use an agenda or Google calendar. Schedule in those workouts before you can find an excuse out of it. You know better than anyone else when you’re free to work out: before or after work or during your lunch break. Pick a time and stick to it throughout the week.
Treat your workouts as you would any other meetings or appointments. It’s a meeting with yourself. You’ll see that it will quickly turn into a habit if you stick to it over a month.
- Set small, realistic, and achievable goals
It’s ok and necessary to have long-term goals. However, it’s important to set small and short-term goals you can easily achieve. As you start accomplishing these goals, you will feel closer to hitting your primary goal. Thus, this will also motivate you to keep going.
As you start noticing real, tangible progress, you’ll stay positive. Besides, think of this, every big goal is made up of smaller goals, just like a pound is made of grams. Here are some examples of small goals you can easily slay that will go a long way. You can drink more water, cut out chips and takeaway, and only have one drink a week. These small victories, when combined over a while, will make a significant change.
- Vary your exercises
Switch up your routine to avoid getting bored with your workouts. When you stick to one thing, you may get bored and lose motivation very quickly. So, by adding variety to your training, you will be more inclined to work out because it’s going to be something new and exciting. Our brains love and seek novelty, so next time you go to the gym, try something challenging and fun.
Besides, adding variety to your workouts is an excellent way to keep progressing. Variety allows the body to adapt to different demands. It is an important factor in a fitness program, as it will enable you to challenge yourself and overcome a plateau. That is why my programs include a wide range of variety, not only to challenge you but to make things more exciting and fun so that you can fall in love with fitness, just like I did. Want to try my routines? Book a free call with me.
- Join a fitness program
With a fitness program specifically designed for your goals, you’ll have a set routine to keep up the motivation, knowing that you’ll get exactly what your body needs and the variety you need to keep up momentum and fun. You don’t have to figure out what exercises you should do or create your routine, which can be confusing, frustrating, and counterproductive for beginners.
So, to recap, motivation comes and goes, and working out at times may become boring and monotonous. However, relying on motivation alone can set you up to fail, so the best you can do is build your discipline by trying smart but effective and easy ways in which you can spice your workouts up and make the most of them! And if you struggle with that, you can always reach out to me for help!