What’s Up Allies!
Today we are going to give you a few strategies to help you stay motivated with working on your fitness goals.
Here’s the thing, all the information you need for learning how to get into great shape is either already in your head or readily accessible online. So why are you still struggling to see results?
It’s because you lack the proper motivation. Getting into great shape is not just about goal setting; in reality, your goals have nothing to do with it.
The only differentiator between people who see results and those who don’t is the motivating factors (driving force) behind the reasons WHY they are pursuing said goals.
The people who see success have deep, strong, emotional motivating reasons why they are working on their goals and they have made a firm commitment to those reasons why. People who dont see results have either not identified the deeper core motivating reasons behind their goals, or they haven’t yet made the commitment to them. That’s the only difference.
So, are you struggling with self-motivation? Are you having a hard time getting yourself to your regularly scheduled workouts? Are you finding more and more reasons to cheat on your healthy diet?
You’re not alone and today we’ve got 4 strategies that will help you dial in to not only your goals, but he driving forces behind them.
Motivation Strategy #1: Find Your ‘Why’
So WHY do you want to get in shape? What are you sick and tired of? What is it that you can’t go on any longer doing and still be happy? What makes you cry? What is driving down your self-confidence?
“I want my husband to look at me like I’m sexy again.”
“I don’t want to end up like my mom, morbidly obese and diabetic.”
“I want to feel confident in myself again.”
“I have taken care of others my whole life, and now I want to take care of myself.”
These are all REAL examples we have heard from actual clients over the years.
Once you uncover your personal motivator you’ll find that motivation flows quickly your way.
Take a minute to really uncover the reason that you want to lose the weight. Don’t say something vague like you want to ‘Be thinner‘ or ‘Look more attractive.‘ Dig deeper – there is a very specific motivator in your life, you simply need to uncover it.
Here are some other possible motivators…
- I want to have more energy to keep up with the kids.
- I want to be able to do what I want when I retire.
- I want to feel sexy in my swimming suit again.
- I want my confidence back.
- I want to feel attractive enough to go on dates again.
Motivation Strategy #2: Make It Official
When you write something down it suddenly feels official, doesn’t it? Write down your motivator for getting into great shape, and post it where you will see it often—next to your alarm clock, on the bathroom mirror, or in your car.
Each time you see your written motivator take a moment to visualize yourself accomplishing your goal. Try to make the scene as clear in your mind as possible. This is a powerful tool for maintaining your focus and direction.
Motivation Strategy #3: Be Practical
It’s game plan time. You know what you want, and now you need to map out exactly how you’ll achieve it. It is important to be practical in your planning, rather than throwing out ideas that you know you won’t stick with.
With any fitness goal it is important to 1) maintain a healthy sustainable diet, 2) participate in a consistent and challenging exercise program that includes both weight training and cardio, 3) and make sure to get enough rest and recovery.
Plan a routine that will fit into your schedule and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Also choose an exercise program that you enjoy—don’t force yourself to jog everyday if you hate jogging. Don’t commit to 2 hour workouts if you cant sustain it. Don’t try to go to the gym 7 days per week if you’ll stay more committed to 3-4x per week.
Motivation Strategy #4: Call For Backup
Enlist the support of your friends, family and co-workers. Tell everyone about your goal to lose weight or build muscle and get fit, you’ll be surprised how supportive most people will be. By being open about your goals you’ll likely be an encouragement to others to make healthy changes in their own lives.
Want an even MORE effective technique? post your goals and your ‘why’ on social media and ask your friends, family, and network to hold you accountable to it. Post updates regularly.
The most effective way to ensure that you meet your goal is to enlist the support of knowledgeable and helpful coaches who will both provide you with the tools you need as well as the support and accountability required to stay consistent.
That is where we come in. Working with a qualified and experienced personal trainer/coach who will be there for you all along the way is still one of the best ways to accomplish the goals you want.
Send us an email, text message, or give us a call. Together we will identify what REALLY motivates you. Together we will design a program that fits into your schedule, life, AND budget so you can be consistent.
Come try us out for an entire week for FREE! yes, get 1 week of group training classes and a private consultation for free!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk to you soon!
– Team Iron Allies
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