How do I stay motivated?
The third or fourth week of starting a new fitness regime is usually the danger zone where people start to drift off track and feel like it’s all too hard. It’s important to prepare for this and not rely on willpower alone. To keep motivation levels high, try these motivational tricks:
The feeling of actually completing a planned workout is already intrinsically rewarding, but sometimes you need some external motivation to get you to the gym on that afternoon when your willpower is lacking and the couch is calling. Allow yourself to indulge in a massage or facial each time you complete 10 workouts in a fortnight, or wear a pedometer or Fitbit and splurge on a new piece of activewear every time you manage to clock up 500,000 steps.
a new song or two to your playlist each week − music is extremely motivating. Or listen to a gripping audiobook − it’ll make you look forward to hearing the next chapter.
in a situation where you are held accountable. You may have signed up to a new gym with the best of intentions but if you don’t turn up, the gym receptionist certainly won’t be calling you up to ask why you haven’t swiped in that day. A personal trainer, on the other hand, will.
and hydrate yourself well. By doing this you will be promoting many important functions including flushing toxins and balancing hormones, which in turn keeps us feeling energised and in a better mood overall.
Sometimes you need external motivation to get you to the gym