Motivation is the most important thing to succeed! You can have all the nutrition knowledge, all the training knowledge and all the equipment and money you need, but if you do not stay motivated, you will never achieve your fitness goals.
Being active is good for all aspects of your health: it strengthens the immune system, protects against alzheimer’s and even treats mild depression .
That is why it is important not only to set fitness goals but also to implement them!
So many people who start a fitness regimen haven’t defined an exact goal. Without a precise objective, no control can be performed. Many people are disappointed because they feel they have not achieved anything in their training but they never set out with a specific goal in mind.
There are 7 hacks to keep you focused and try to achieve your fitness goals.
Stable realistic goals
One of the reasons why many people stop halfway to their fitness goals is not seeing the expected results. This generally happens when targets are set beyond their own capabilities of the moment. It’s a good thing to be ambitious, but the path must be progressive!
Hack: set realistic times and smaller goals along a greater path that will help achieve the ultimate goal. For example, if you want to participate in a marathon, start participating in races with a smaller route (of 5.10.20 km, etc.) That will help improve performance and will help you reach the final goal you have most easily reached. These little victories will keep you motivated, so you always continue with enthusiasm.
Work out an action plan
After defining your goals clearly, it is important to develop a program. Do you want to lose 10 pounds in 6 months? All right, but … Do you know how to do it? Programming the workouts and dietary diet is a great starting point for reaching the goal set. This organization strategy will allow your workouts and days to be much more productive.
Advice: a coach can help you plan your training best suited to your needs.
Believe in yourself
When things get tough, believing in yourself can make all the difference. Our minds can allow us to overcome great obstacles. Believe in your abilities and in your willpower. Do not give up in the face of adversity and always remember the motivations that make you train. Do not forget that every workout, however difficult it is, has its end. Always give the best and you will be rewarded!
Work to achieve results
Although it is important to believe in yourself, this is not enough. There are people who think that just because they believe things come true. But things do not happen by yourself! For this reason, it is important to work consistently every day, even on negative days. Since you decide to train you have to give 100%.
Free of excuses
After the invention of the first excuse we are already lost in the sea.
From this moment it can all become a sum of endless excuses. We must strive to counteract negative thoughts. Excuses do not build muscle. If it is cold wear a jacket, if the gym is closed workout at home.
Share your day with your friends
We know it’s not always easy to be motivated, especially if you train by yourself. Share with your closest people, friends, and/or family your day and you will see that you will find the right motivation to continue pursuing the initial goal.
Appreciate and value your achievements
Even when things do not go in the right direction and you would like to see more results, look at the positive side and appreciate the little progress you’ve made. Rome was not built in a day nor will your dream physique be.
Be aware of worst case scenarios in your objective. What can go wrong? If you know that, you can counter it in advance. You want to go to the gym after work, but you do not have your sportswear with you? Pack the bag two days in advance and store it in the office! In the morning you just cannot get up and running yourself? Ask a motivated friend to pick you up at your door. Excuses are eradicated in no time.
Note the ‘Fun Factor’
Some sports burn more calories than others, or produce faster results in muscle mass. Ultimately, however, the most effective sport you actually do is regular. Therefore, it is better to choose sports that make you feel good and have fun. Only then is long-term success certain.
Your fitness goal sounds great – but does it fit with you personally? If you do, for example, outdoor weekend runs, that sounds good in theory. However, if you prefer to spend Saturday and Sunday in the company of your family, do not like to be exposed to the changeable weather, and hate monotonous movements; this is simply not the right thing for you. Better: try an exciting indoor course during the week after work, e.g. yoga , spinning or aqua-gymnastics.
Document your course (photos in support)
In the era of the selfie, do not hesitate to take photos since the concrete evidence of your evolution, and your progress, will speak for themselves. It’s so easy to forget where you’re from. Seeing how far you’ve come will play a crucial role in your level of motivation. And over time, you will even enjoy posing for the camera, and you will want to share your journey with your entourage and your virtual friends.
Eat well even after reaching the shape weight
Many people use diets designed to lose weight fast. However, very often, as soon as the strictest diet is interrupted, weight is restored. Maintaining a healthy diet is important, balancing carbohydrates, proteins and fat, without completely eliminating a group of foods. You can, for example, adopt the dish division method by filling half with vegetables, one quarter with foods containing starch (one to two punches) and one quarter with a protein source (about the size of a palm).