4 simple ways to get yourself back on track with your workouts.
- Set Goals.
Setting specific, measurable goals is key to staying motivated. Vague wishes such as “I want to lose weight” isn’t enough. Instead, aim for more precise goals, like “I will drop six pounds or more 4 weeks from now.” Your goal should be challenging but not unrealistic. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to discouragement and cause you to give up when you fail to achieve them. By setting more specific and measurable goals, you can keep track of your training easier and see how well you’re doing over time.
- Find Something That Excites You.
“Fun” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about training. By taking on a routine that bores the hell out of you, it’ll soon become more of a chore than an interest, resulting in an almost immediate motivation dump. Pick a style of training that excites you personally, like being able to challenge your own strength, or taking on new exercises you haven’t tried before. Training shouldn’t be a chore, enjoy it!
- Have A Game Plan.
So you’ve started to get a little more motivated and you’ve finally got back to the gym, the next big step in staying motivated is actually knowing what to do while you’re there. Setting the goal is the first step, getting on the right track towards it is the next one. By taking on a plan that is specific to your goal, fits your time constraints and excites you (point 2), you’re setting yourself up for a BIG win. One big of advise while on a plan…stay focused on your smaller term goals just as much as your longer ones. For example, one of your shorter term goals on your plan is to complete all the workouts needed for the week, or you could keep track of your weights each workout to visually keep track of your progression over time. The little and often wins will help you stay dedicated for longer, instead of thinking of the bigger picture that could be months away. Take each workout as it comes and execute it as best you can.
Another great way to motivate yourself during workouts is music. Music can enhance the enjoyment of strenuous exercise and increase the likelihood of sticking with your fitness program. Create yourself a killer playlist of tunes that motivate and drive YOU!
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