Not everyone is a Type-A personality. It's hard to stick to a fitness routine, whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or improve your daily wellness. Life gets busy. Stress eats away at your willpower. And some days you just don’t want to get up early for a workout.
When you’re stuck in a fitness rut, getting motivated is hard. But don’t worry - you're not alone. A lack of motivation is one of the biggest reasons people give up on their goals. Despite dreams of losing weight and building lean muscle, stress and everyday life get in the way.
Here’s the good news: You can get out of your fitness rut an achieve your goals. Here are three tips - at least one can definitely work for you, if not all three.
Use the support of your friends - and even strangers - to get your fitness mojo back. Here are some easy ways to crowdsource your success:
Mix up your routine with a fresh exercise. It's motivating and fun.
Enjoy your fitness and use your physical ability in a new way. You'll remember that the point of working out isn't to suffer in the gym. It's to improve yourself and revel in the fruits of your labor.
You already have big, long term goals. You want to lose weight. You want to get strong.
These are excellent goals. But they aren’t immediately actionable. They are vague and hard to nail down. So reaching for them can become discouraging at times.
Set specific, short term goals. Write them down. Include the exact actions you will have to take to reach them. Then track your progress.
You can do this with a plain old notebook or the latest fitness tracking app. The tracking method doesn’t matter. What's important is that you become aware of your progress and feel motivated to keep it up.
Everyone has their own goals, but here are a few you may want to work on:
Don’t overdo it on these short term goals. Make sure they are reasonable for your current fitness level. You should be able to reach them in 6 months or less. Longer than that and you might get discouraged and fall back into a rut.
Staying fit is hard work. It takes dedication, willpower, and constant effort. Keep motivated by using these 3 tips.