Motivation is something that is deeply personal and often difficult to put your finger on. Over the past 10 years that I have been training my clients have found motivation in anything from a wedding or 10 year reunion to a dress size or even their desire to win the approval of their child. Often a client’s mental block around working out or eating correctly can be the exact key to helping them find a deeper level of inspiration or motivation to lead them to a much healthier lifestyle. Below I have listed 4 starting points to finding your own personal motivation. Use these ideas simply as a trial or starting block to looking deeper into what will allow you to make your goals higher priorities than your road blocks.
1. GOAL SET EVERY 6 MONTHS
Take a good look at your life and body every 6 months. Make a thorough list of what feels good and what does not. Put any physical issues you have at the top of your to do list. Then look at a bigger picture of where you would like to head. Chose activities which will motivate you to get in shape. This could be anything from a weekend trip where you will be in a bathing suit or maybe even a short road race or triathlon.
2. A HAND TO HOLD
Try your best to find someone to work with to help you meet your goals. For your workouts, try to find a friend who has similar goals so that you can teamup to keep each other committed. I actually do not recommend that individuals do the same workout since rarely will 2 people need the same generic program. Instead I recommend carpooling or meeting up at the gym at the same time as your partner. as an appointment you must keep. For nutritional goals, I again recommend finding a friend to check in with daily for updates and to hold you accountable. For those of you who live with a partner, I always find it is extremely important to try and have you and your partner on the same page when it comes to what types of foods are allowed in the house. There is nothing tougher than eating a healthy dinner when your partner is eating some cheesy, greasy dinner beside you.
3. HIRE A TRAINER TO ASSESS YOU AND DESIGN A 6 WEEK PROGRAM FOR YOU
My clients always tend to do a better job with sticking to their program when they have a good idea of EXACTLY what they need to be doing. I recommend finding a trainer in your area who has the advanced capability to fully assess your body (posture, strengths/weaknesses, imbalances, functionality) and consequently design you a 6-8 week program to get you started. I specifically say that 6-8 weeks because you MUST be changing your workout routine every 6-8 weeks in order to continue seeing results. Our bodies are incredibly smart and can quickly plateau when not given proper variable manipulation in a workout program (sets, reps, rest periods, exercises, etc).
4. SWITCH IT UP EVERY 6-8 WEEKS
Whether you work with a trainer or not, make sure you alter your program every 6-8 weeks. This will ensure that you continue to see progress towards your goals while also keeping you from getting bored with the workouts. (NOTE: In the same mind, switching up your workouts too frequently (i.e. doing a different workout every time you walk in the gym) will often just tire your body without achieving the same growth results and strength enhancements you would find from following a set program of exercises with minor variable changes (sets, reps) over a 6-8 week period.)