Motivation, how to self-hack fitness success.
It's that time of year again. New year resolutions are being formulated all around the country as we speak. This is your year, you are going to take control of your eating and health. Statistically this highly motivated self determined attitude only last for about 30 days and then people realize it's going to take a lot more than a new fitness wardrobe to keep you motivated.
Many individuals often struggle with decreased motivation as the weeks go by.
For the month of January, Monday evenings, gyms across the country are crawling with fitness junkies trying to get back on track after a weekend of binge eating and maybe even binge drinking. Motivation is usually high and gym patrons seem to be in attack mode. As the weekdays conclude, gym attendance seems to be at an all time low.
Work related stress, kids activities, overtime in the office, and everything else life can throw at you seems to be standing in your way and becoming a big de-motivator.
If and when you find yourself in this position, the first thing you should do is:
1. SET DAILY TRAINING GOALS
Set a training goal that you want to accomplish for that specific day. This can be something as simple as riding a stationary bike for 15 minutes. If you don't have a good track record with staying on task, don't make this goal a mission impossible task. Make your goal rather easy and attainable. By doing this, it will add purpose to your day and be much easier to achieve your daily goals and seeing it through.
For a long term weekly goal, try to get in at least 3 workouts a week. If time is standing in the way of your fitness goals. Make an attempt to pre-schedule no less than three training days a week. If you train less than three times per week you will not see the results you are seeking, and it will take you longer to attain those fitness goals. Yes, 1 day of training is better than zero days in the gym, but this will totally kill your motivation because you will not see the results. Furthermore the benefits of your 1 day per week training will be negligible.
2. KEEP IT REAL
Be honest with yourself, keep things realistic and true to your time frame and physical abilities. Anyone can set great goals, but it take commitment and self honesty to see them through. If your goals are set to high, you are setting yourself up for immediate and catastrophic failure. Doing so will hurt your self confidence and your fitness goals. The likelihood of you sticking to a fitness routine will then be thwarted, sending you back to square one. If you set goals that are unrealistic you will most certainly feel defeated every step of the way.
Your goals should be empowering and drive you to complete them and then setting new goals.
3. LASER FOCUS ON PROGRESS
Finally, sets-backs are inevitable, let them come and then let them go. Don't focus on the set-backs, only focus on the progress and positives leading you towards your goals. Doing this will go a long way in seeing the results you are looking for. There's nothing more distracting than self-doubt or a troubled mind. Holding on to negativity will make you less enthusiastic and leave you emotionally flat. Learning to deal with adversities as they come will strengthen and build your character, making it easier for you to succeed and stick to the plan.
Simple goal setting strategies will strengthen and fortify your motivation week after week.
Turn down the noise of self doubt and make your health a priority above and beyond everything else. True wealth is exceptional health.