How do I stay mo­ti­vated?

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Energised -

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

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