From time to time we all lack fitness motivation, especially if we are starting a new fitness regime or trying to get back into fitness after a layoff. The greatest fitness motivation comes from knowing what you want. What exactly do you want to achieve? This is your ultimate goal.
Is it to reach a certain level of fitness to participate in some sporting event, a charity 10k run for example? Or is it to lose the weight you put on after having a baby? Or do you just want to look great for your summer holidays?
Whatever the reason, this should be firmly in your mind as your main motivator.
But your ultimate goal might be a mammoth task. (For example, you might be a couch potato with your mind on running a marathon.) In which case you’re going to have to manage yourself to the end line by keeping your fitness motivation at a peak. Otherwise you’ll be prone to setbacks . . . an then failure!
Fitness Motivation Self Help
There are many things you can do to keep your motivation high. I’ve created a list of some of below. Reading them might trigger an idea of your own. If so, jot it down! Better still, share it with the Home Fitness community and whilst you’re at it draw motivational strength from other people walking in your shoes.
Visualization! This is a fantastic one (right now I’m thinking of Arnold Schwarzenegger – a great advocate of visualisation). Take a moment and picture in your mind’s eye exactly what it is you want to achieve. Imagine yourself having achieved your ultimate goal. Imagine being that new person, that new you! How good does it feel? Now take that great feeling and use it to your motivational advantage.
Take a picture of yourself. You don’t have to be naked, but having a good picture is often a good for fitness motivation, especially if your goal is to lose weight or pack on muscle. Or dig out old photographs as a reminder of how you looked and how you can look again.
Keep a diary of your physical activities and achievements. Reflecting over this diary can be an immense source of motivation for you. Sometimes it’s hard to see our progression until we see evidence. Your diary is your evidence and motivation to exercise!
Break you ultimate goal into several milestones. You’ll find it much easier to aim for something that is achievable in a relatively short period of time. Once you’ve hit that target, set the bar that little bit higher. Before you know it, you’ll have reached your last milestone . . . your ultimate goal!
Reward yourself! And I don’t mean with a huge slice of cake every time you lose a pound on the scales. If there’s a nice top you want, make it a milestone gift to yourself. Or what about that dream holiday? Make it your ultimate goal gift!
Peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing! Whatever your goal, you should be able to find a club of like minded people. Joining a jogging or running club would be a great motivator if your ultimate goal was to run a half or full marathon.
Read anything related to your ultimate goal. If you want to lose weight then read related websites or magazines. You’ll be amazed how much motivation you can pick up from inspirational stories from others in the same boat as you.
There are many fitness motivation tips to help you achieve your ultimate goal. The few above are more than enough. But don’t be disheartened if you try one and it doesn’t work for you. We are all different. Keep trying. Keep on keeping on. You’ll soon find something that keeps you motivated . . . during your search just always remember you ultimate goal.