Something we talk about a lot at our sessions is how to keep that motivation at full speed and have the drive to keep coming back week after week. We all have days when it just seems like way too much work to even roll out of bed, let alone the thought of getting dressed in our workout gear, coming out to the park and actually exercising! It is perfectly normal to lack a bit of motivation every now and then, and quite often all it takes is a day of self-care and relaxation to get back into the swing of things. Other times that slump can seem to drag into every aspect of our lives and seems impossible to come out of. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sustaining your motivation and maintaining our drive to get the best version of ourselves, there are some simple and easy things we can do to help us along our journey.
Below are 5 easy to do things everyone can do to keep themselves on track and stop the motivation slump from taking over our lives.
Self-care is an important step on the motivation ladder. It is not going to matter what else you do to stay motivated if you are neglecting your body and driving yourself into the ground. Self-care can be as easy as going to bed early and getting a good nights sleep, or taking a long, hot bath to help soothe those sore muscles. Step number 1 to improving and sustaining motivation is make sure our bodies are working at 100%.
2. Stay connected
Sometimes all we need to give us that extra push is a bit of support from the people around us. One of the best things about our community is that we are all here for each other, and you are never short of a friend to listen to your problems. Training alone can be one of the least motivating ways of exercising and can often lead to people throwing in the towel when it all gets too hard. When you have a community of like-minded individuals around you, it can make all the difference, and sometimes you may even only come to a session to see your friends. And that is perfectly fine 🙂
3. Set a goal
I know this is something I talk about a lot, and that is because it is a really easy tool for staying motivated. Now when I say set a goal, I don’t mean set a big, long-term, really broad goal. These kinds of big, long-term goals can more often then not lead to people giving up as they seem to never happen. To get the most out of your goal setting, choose small, really achievable goals, that will be reached in the short-term, and this is will not only keep you motivated to keep working towards the next set of goals, but will give you little milestones to celebrate along the journey to your big goal. An example is, if your goal is to lose 15kgs and be fit enough to run 10kms, your short-term goals could be to lose 2kgs, and run 500m without stopping. This might seem small but you will achieve these goals in a short amount of time and feel so much better for it.
4. Be accountable
Again this may seem like something very small to do, but you will be amazed at how much more motivated you are to keep working towards your goal when you are being held accountable for what you do. To be held accountable all you have to do is tell someone what your goal is, no matter how big or small, and have them keep you on track, whether that be with a phone call, text message or just asking you at your next session. Use the community of like minded people around you and help keep each other accountable.
Hopefully these tips can help you keep your motivation levels at an all time high! Remember to take care of yourselves, and always ask for help if needed.
See you next time! 🙂