Workout motivation is something many people lack. I know of many gym goers who say they can’t train unless they have a workout partner or if a personal trainer pushes them. My advice, motivate yourself! It may sound ‘hard’ but, with a little discipline, it can be done. Once you start to see results, it becomes an addiction. When living a healthy lifestyle becomes an addiction, self motivation will be sure to follow.
Here are some practical ideas to motivate yourself:
In my experience I’ve found that training helps me to relieve stress and feel good. Don’t take my word for it, they’re many volumes of data stating how exercise relieves stress. Resistance/weight training is an ideal way to de-stress. My advice, get clearance from you doctor then begin a lifestyle that consists of resistance/weight training in a gym, combined with good dietary supplementation.
Let Living a Healthy Lifestyle Become Your Passion
In life we develop good and bad habits. Let living a healthy lifestyle become a good habit. Let it become your passion. Let the gym become your sanctuary. As we know anything in our lives that is a passion becomes a priority. Developing a passion for living healthy should be a priority as it improves one’s quality of life. Be passionate about healthy living and have fun doing it. As I mentioned earlier, once results are seen, it becomes an addiction…a healthy addiction.
Don’t Be Impatient
Life is a journey, not a destination. Results don’t come overnight. One needs patience to complete healthy goals. A healthy lifestyle that involves resistance/weight training and good dietary supplementation has its ups and downs. My advice, stay focused and committed. Yes, there will be set backs and circumstances beyond one’s control, however continued progress will outweigh the setbacks. The sooner you accept this, the more you’ll come to appreciate progress, which is itself motivating.
Rest is Important
From time to time take a short break from the gym. In my experience I find that taking a week off from training every six months is beneficial. Although I don’t train seven days a week, in my opinion, these short one week breaks help the body to optimally recover and resuming training is always exciting. Getting extra sleep now and then is beneficial as well. Stay out of the gym when you’re sick. Pushing the workout envelope too far, too often is counterproductive. It may feel good, as if you’re getting results much faster, but you’re not, and the risks(getting sick) far outweigh the benefits.
Get Excited About Your Gym Sessions
Many people ask me, “what is it about the gym that excites you”? I always state that when one begins to see and feel positive results, stopping isn’t an option. I don’t have a preference for any muscle group. All of my training sessions are exciting as seeing and feeling my entire body becoming toned is motivation to continue. Although from time to time the workouts may seem monotonous, take consolation that you’re ‘building a reserve’ and becoming healthier for a lifetime.
Take Time to Learn About the Human Body
This may seem a little strange to some, but it’s true. Learning about the human body will improve the way a healthy lifestyle is lived. Becoming more ‘in tune’ with one’s body is a positive side effect of training and understanding the science behind it is beneficial as well. It’s not enough to just train, supplement, and eat healthy. Understanding recovery, how supplements work in the body, and the reason to eat healthy are all equally important.
It Takes Discipline to Motivate Yourself
Working out, eating healthy, getting enough rest, living a healthy lifestyle in general isn’t always easy. It takes discipline. Many times fellow gym members or athletes are admired and we neglect to realize that their achievements wouldn’t be possible without discipline. Discipline isn’t something we’re born with, it’s honed and cultivated by a focused mindset. There’s a famous quote I like to state, “to change your life you have to change yourself, to change yourself you have to change your mindset.”
Train when it’s hard.
Train when it’s easy.
Train when you don’t want to.
Train when people try to discourage you.
The process doesn’t have to be hated. Love the process, love the results, love the lifestyle, and stay motivated!!