What is your ‘why’?
Staying motivated is difficult – the first step to take is to understand why you want to achieve a certain goal in the first place. But it’s not enough to simply say ‘I want to lose weight’ or ‘I want to feel fitter’ …this is just a want, not a why. Why do you want to lose weight? Is it so that you can feel more confident when you stand in front of the mirror, feel great when you’re out on the town in a new dress, to have your partner look at you again like the way they used to?
Sometimes, why isn’t easy to admit to yourself or others, but it’s the why that gives us the reason to put the hard work in.
Find a routine and keep it
Staying motivated is hard, but the power of routine is immense. I imagine right now (at the time of Covid-19 lockdown) for a lot of you, all old routines have pretty much gone out the window. Hopefully by now you’ve created a new routine and you’re sticking to it.
Having a steady level of consistency in your life frees up a lot of mental processing power. Don’t think about getting up, going to bed, what you’re going to wear ‘to work’ or when you’re going to get your workout in. Do all of the simple, unimportant things at the same time and in the same way, every single day. You’d be amazed at how much extra mental horse power you have at your disposal when you kill off all of the simple decision processes and save that brain-RAM for important stuff.
Train with friends
We’re social creatures by nature, and that means we need human interaction. There’s no better way to see this in action than watching a group of best mates hanging out together. Now admittedly, we can’t physically go out and train with our best friends right now, but the internet and modern technology have provided some pretty great ways to keep training together – we use Zoom.
If there’s one thing we know from talking to our own clients during this Covid-19 lockdown, it’s that people are finding it hard to motivate themselves to train alone. But it’s a hell of a lot easier for them to join a group workout class and let the motivation flow that way. Training in a group setting is much easier. It always has been and it always will be.
Get a coach
The best way to stay on top of your goals (they don’t even have to be fitness-related) is to get coach. This gives you somebody who can hold you accountable for your actions. Even the best coaches have their own personal coaches too (particularly in the business-world).
What’s the main reason people join a fitness class? To be told what to do and not have to think about it (we’re back to brain-RAM again). Our clients want to turn up, be shown what to do and then just get on and do it – work hard, get a big sweat on and see results.
The second reason, is that you know you’ll be in trouble if you don’t turn up. You’ll either have the coach calling you up asking where you were, or your best bootcamp buddy will be around your house pronto to give you a swift kick in the shins.
Get a real coach, not just somebody in a different country showing you a few exercises on YouTube. Get a coach, who can meet you, get to know you, see you training live (online or in person) and who can hold you accountable for your fitness goals.