Motivation is the most important thing to succeed! You can have all the nutrition knowledge, all the training knowledge, and all the equipment you need… but if you do not stay motivated, you will never achieve your fitness goals.
Staying active is essential for optimal health: it strengthens your immune system, protects against alzheimer’s, and even treats mild depression . That’s why it’s important to not only to set fitness goals but to implement them!
Hardly anyone has defined an exact goal. Without a specific objective, no discipline can be exercised.
This is one reason why so many people are disappointed in where they are in their fitness journey; because they haven’t set out with a specific goal and plan for their training.
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 in the middle of their fitness journey is because they are not seeing the expected results. This generally happens when goals (or targets) are set beyond your own capabilities of the moment. It’s a good thing to be ambitious and want to always improve, but the path must be progressive.
Hack: set realistic time frames for your fitness goals and smaller incremental goals along the 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. These little victories will keep you motivated and help build confidence.
2. Work out an action plan
After defining your goals clearly, it is important to develop a program. Do you want to lose 10 kg in 6 months? All right, but … Do you already know how to do it? Programming the workouts and dietary diet is a great starting point for reaching the goal set. The organization will allow your workouts and days to be much more productive.
Advice: get a planner and set a reward system to track and reward your actions.
3. Believe in yourself
When things get tough, believing in yourself can make a world of difference. Our mind allows us to overcome great obstacles. Believe in your abilities and above all make a fit and active lifestyle part of your identity. 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!
Think of how great it feels to conquer a difficult workout 💦
4. Work to achieve results
Although it is important to believe in yourself, this is not enough. Results do not happen by themselves! For this reason, it is important to work consistently. Even on negative days, when you’re not feeling your best or you don’t get the best workout; it’s better to show up and go to work then to break the consistency. Since you decide to train you have to give 100% of what you have on each particular day of training.
5. Free of excuses
After the invention of the first excuse we are already in the sea. From this moment is all a sum of endless excuses. We must strive to counteract negative thoughts. Excuses do not build muscle or stamina or burn fat.
If it’s cold – wear a jacket 🧥.
If the gym is closed – do a home-workout 🏋🏼♂️.
6. 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 friends, family, or co-workers your day and you will see that you will find the right motivation to continue pursuing the initial goal.
Don’t have any friends 🤷🏽♂️? There’s an app for that
7. 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 neither will your dream physique. Always appreciate the achievements of each day, from value to effort.
It helps to look back on where you were 3 months ago after you’ve gotten started for while.
8. Eliminate hurdles
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! Excuses are eradicated in no time if you program excuses out of your day.
9. Note Fun Factor
Some sports burn more calories than others, or produce faster results in muscle mass. Ultimately, however, the most effective sport is the one that you actually do. So, it’s better to choose sports (and activities) that make you feel good and have fun. Only then is long-term success going to be sustainable.
10. Include your personality in what you decide to do
Your fitness goals sound great – but does it fit with you personally?
If you, for example, plan to spend every weekend outdoors running, 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 changes in weather, and hate monotonous movements, this goal 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.
11. Document your course (photos in support)
In the era of the selfie, don’t hesitate to take photos. Concrete evidence of your evolution, even of your progress, will speak for itself. It’s so easy to forget where you’re from, so seeing how far you’ve come will play a crucial role in your level of motivation and confidence. 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.
12. Eat well even after reaching the shape weight
Many people use diets designed to lose weight fast. But, very often, as soon as the strictest diet is interrupted, the weight is back on. 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).
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