Motivation is a funny thing. Of course, it’s high at the start, when you’re just starting out training or getting into a new nutrition plan. However, this feeling can often disappear after a few weeks or a few months. Even the most dedicated of athletes or gym goers can ‘fall off the wagon’ and not feel like doing their workouts. When this happens, the last thing you want to do is to give up. Your workouts just may need to be made more challenging or exciting. Your nutrition plan may need tweaking, or you may just need a week off or a holiday to recharge. There are three tried and tested ways to ensure that you continue to show up even when you’re not feeling like it.
1. Change it up
They say change is good, and when it comes to training and nutrition this is certainly true. The key is to keep your workouts as varied and challenging as possible as often as possible, while building on the fundamentals. The body is an incredible machine, and it adapts to change very quickly, which is why you need to keep it guessing. You can up your weights, try a new form of training or switch up your meals and training schedule. Whatever it is, try to mix it up every so often so as to keep your enthusiasm and energy high!
2. Measure regularly
What gets measured gets managed. This means that if you’re not measuring your progress, your essentially guessing! That’s why it’s important to do regular body fat, weight, and general strength measurements to indicate where you’ve come from, where your currently at and where you want to go. With the help of your personal trainer or coach, make sure you’re regularly measuring your progress. This is a sure-fire way to ensure your motivation stays at a good level, even in those low points. You can even measure your resting heart rate, track your sleep quality, your body measurements and also the intangible markers such as mood, confidence, wellbeing, and quality of life.
3. Make it fun
This is the most important and determining factor in staying on track. You see, we get bored easily. Keeping things fun in the gym and the kitchen makes things a lot easier and doable in the long term. Take up a new sport or hobby, try a new finisher in the gym or even schedule two nights a week to cook a healthy meal with your kids or partner. Variety is the name of the game here, and it can really go along way to ensuring you stay the course and achieve your goals long term!
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